The Cobble Hill 10K, the second race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series, took place on Sunday, Jan. 26. There was another big showing, with nearly 600 athletes completing the course. The weather was crisp and clear, and made for a fast day of racing.
The overall winner was Masters racer Craig Odermatt with a time of 33:29. He was followed closely by Comox Valley Road Runner Derek Vinge, who finished fifth overall and won his age group with a time of 34:13.
Vince Brotherston ran a time 35:13, earning him ninth place overall, third Masters finisher, and winner of his age group. Clay Ward also had another excellent run, finishing in 36:31 and placing second in his age group.
He was followed by Mike Bridges, Roger Plamondon, Kevin Park and Les Disher, all of whom placed in the top 10 in their respective age groups and finished under the magical mark of 40:00 for the 10K.
Keith Wakelin, Danny Keyes and Louis Lamb had fierce races, each finishing in the top 10 in their age groups as well. George Brose also had a great run in his first Island Series race, placing fourth in his category in a time of 52:17. Wille Scott, Hans Gane, and Tom Munro also had very good races.
The female Road Runners also did exceptionally well. They were led in by Marion Bryan, who finished in 43:37 and took third in her age group. Roslyn Smith continues to show that she is in excellent form, winning her age group once again with a time of 46:17. This is also an unconfirmed course record. Close behind was Natalie Ward, who placed seventh in her category. Kindle Parsons had a great run, as did Sequoia Bridges, who broke one hour and placed fourth in the junior age group.
FINISH LINES The CVRR 5K Running Clinic is now on, and runs every Saturday at 9 a.m. … the clinic culminates in the 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 22 … this event is open to all and the public are encouraged to participate … the 5K Fun Run is part of the Comox Valley Race Weekend, which also includes the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on Sunday, March 23 … for more information, check online at cvrr.ca.
– Comox Valley Road Runners