KATHY RUNG LED the way for the Comox Valley Road Runners at the first race of the Gutbuster Series.

KATHY RUNG LED the way for the Comox Valley Road Runners at the first race of the Gutbuster Series.

Road Runners kick off Gutbuster Series

Locals do well in brand new race venue at Western Speedway in Victoria

The Gutbuster Series kicked off on May12 with a brand new race venue at Western Speedway in Victoria. The race featured a four kilometre loop, with a 1.5 lap (6km) short course and a three lap (12km) long course.

The long course was won by Kris Swanson (male) and Dawn Anderson (female) in times of 53:10 and 1:05:19 respectively. These winning times show just how difficult and technical this race was. The Comox Valley Road Runners were led by coach Kathy Rung, who finished second in her category and second woman overall. She was followed closely by Chris Perry, who had an excellent fifth place age group finish. Jon Ingram also had an great race, winning his age category.

In the short course the race was won by Justin Raycraft (male) and Shannon Couts (male) in times of 26:04 and 28:32. For the Road Runners, Crystal and Daisy Dargie raced together and had excellent finishes, placing second and first in their respective age groups. Leslie Dargie also raced the long course and finished third in her age group. This made for the incredible result of three generations of Dargies all placing in the top three in their age groups!

The next race in the Gutbuster Series is the Ladysmith Gutbuster race at Transfer Beach on Sunday, July 7.

– Comox Valley Road Runners