Derek Vinge was the top Comox Valley finisher at the Road Runners' Half Marathon

Road Runners collect first-place finishes at their Half Marathon

The Comox Valley Road Runners hosted their annual Half Marathon as part of the Island Race Series on Sunday, March 20.

The event is generously sponsored by Comox Valley RV, and many other local businesses donate prizes and food as well. The event was a success thanks to the help of many amazing volunteers.

A total of 422 runners participated, with 34 runners representing CVRR. Derek Vinge was third overall in a fast time of 1:13:46. Mike Bridges was first place male master in a ‘lucky’ time of 1:19:50, also winning first in men 45-49 age group.

In fact, CVRR almost won every men’s age group from 45-69, with Vince Brotherston first in 50-54, Brian Stewart first in 55-59, and Les Disher first in 65-69. “These guys didn’t just win their respective age groups, but demonstrated efficiency and expeditiousness of an elite level,” said CVRR spokesperson Wille Scott.

“Brian was a quick 1:21:17, Vince a speedy 1:21:40, and Les a rapid 1:25:53. Wayne Crowe managed a swift 1:28:43 despite simultaneously acting as race director. Kudos on a great job once again Wayne! Derek Brenchley was close behind, finishing 3rd in men’s 60-64.”

On the women’s side, Sonja Leach performed rather promptly, taking first in 65-69. Marion Bryan didn’t have the race she hoped for but still placed  second in 40-44. Jeff Stickler and Jaime Moffatt were like two peas in a pod, running the entire 21.1 km together and crossing the line with their infectious smiles.

Other highlights include sixth, seventh and eighth place finishes for Clay Ward (1:23:33), Kevin Park (1:23:45) and Wille Scott (1:30:12) in men’s 30-34. “Dynamic Spine, Sport & Wellness was generous in aiding people in their ‘recovery corner’. Cole Slusarenko was second in men’s 20-24 in his first half marathon – way to go Cole! Scott Prager had another strong performance, and was third in 50-54,” Scott said.

Wayne Crowe summed up the special annual event by stating, “Everything went well today with a lot of positive comments from participants regarding the course, the volunteers, the organization, the awards and the food.

“Rain was in the forecast but held off until the last runners were in, and it ended up being a perfect day for racing. Thanks to all of our sponsors that helped make the event successful. Charity donations were made to L’Arche and to KidSport.”

The last race of the series, Sooke River 10K, takes place April 3 and will be followed by the series awards.


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