Andrea Wilson was the top local woman at the Pioneer 8k.

Vinge top Comox Valley runner at Pioneer 8k

The Island Road Racing Series kicked off with the Pioneer 8k, Jan. 12 in Saanich. This is event is always an important early season testing ground as runners find out their true post-holiday fitness through the crucible of competition.

The Comox Valley Road Runners were well represented at the race, with 17 local runners participating and throwing down some outstanding performances.

The top local was Derek Vinge, who ran 26:33 to place 18th overall. Jonathan Noel was next in 29:40, showing he has road speed in addition to the strength and talent that he brings to the trails. Rob Kelly had a great day, finishing in 31:25 to win has age group. Eight seconds back was Derek Brenchley, who also won his category. Immediately behind him was Danny Keyes, finishing in 32:16 to place third as he gears up towards his next marathon. Young gun Brandon Reeder placed a solid fifth in his category with a finish of 33:50. Keith Wakelin and Derek Kaufmann also ran well, finishing in 34:56 and 35:10 to place ninth and 10th in their respective categories.

The top local woman was Andrea Wilson, who ran 34:26 to take second in her age group. Roz Smith continued her dominance in the F70-74 category, winning the age group in 38:57 and beating the next competitor by an astounding seven minutes. Tanya Ansley ran well to place sixth in her category in 41:29. Just 30 seconds back was Sam Knowles, who was 10th in his age group. Another 20 seconds back was Kala-Dawn Larsen, who also took 10th in her category.

For full results, visit

Be sure to check out the 5km Running Clinic — a 10-week clinic put on by the CVRR. It includes a variety of paces from walking to running to racing. The clinic finishes with a 5km fun run on March 21. There’s also the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 22.

For more information about these events or to register, go to


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Heating up the kitchen

G.P. Vanier hosting North Island Skills Canada Regional Event

Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels return to Courtenay

Eight-time Maple Blues winner Carlos del Junco and his Blues Mongrels return… Continue reading

Orcas spotted hunting north of Comox

Did you see the orcas in the area on Feb. 20? Ella… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Iconic aircraft at 19 Wing Comox entrance undergoes facelift

PHOTOS: Iconic aircraft at 19 Wing Comox entrance undergoes facelift

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

Reports of accused human trafficker sighted north of the Comox Valley unsubstantiated

RCMP issue warning about the fears unproven social media reports can generate

Comox Valley Beefs & Bouquets for week of Feb. 18

More beefs to the tip-expecting server; a bouquet to BC Transit

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Youth-led report calls on B.C. government to create plan to end youth homelessness

There are no dedicated programs for youth homelessness at federal, provincial level, report says

Most Read