Comox Valley Road Runners win age group honours at Hatley Castle 8K

The steep hills and challenging trails of the beautiful and historic Royal Roads University campus greeted 393 runners on Feb. 21 at the annual Hatley Castle 8K in Colwood.

Despite the forecast calling for rain, the wet stuff held off until all runners had finished.

Comox Valley Road Runners had a strong showing of 16 finishers in the race with Kevin Park posting the fastest time of 30:32, good enough for fifth in the men’s 30-34 age category.

Mike Bridges was close behind, earning second in men’s 45-49.

Several club members earned the top spot in their age categories, including Danny Keyes (M55-59), Wayne Crowe (M60-64), Les Disher (M65-69), and Marion Bryan taking the win in F40-44.

Notable mentions are Scott Prager who’s been improving by leaps and bounds to get himself a third place spot in the M50-54, Keith Wakelin third (M50-59), and Ken Richardson with third (M70-74).

With four races completed and three races remaining in the 2016 VIRA Island Series, CVRR is sitting in second place in the overall club standings, and only getting stronger, though Nanaimo’s Bastion Running Club is trailing close behind.

The next race is the Bazan Bay 5K in Sidney on March 6. Let’s hope for good weather and fast times there as well.

You don’t have to race to join the Comox Valley Road runners…it’s a great social group and fitness club too. Learn more at





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