Results are in – 45 times were submitted. See below. Let us know of any spelling corrections.
Kate Button was the winner of the shoe draw but she re-donated them back! The new winner is Francesca Apruzzese.
Thanks for participating and congrats on your results. Stay tuned for the next time trial announcement!
Gibsons 5K Time Trial Jan 16-24, 2021 Organized by PaceSetter Athletic Footwear NAME Time ============================= Jamie Leveque 20:46 Conor Lowe 21:06 Katherine McGillvray 21:47 Larry Nightingale 21:56 Melissa Russell 22:18 Mathew Cavers 22:35 Jordan Pratt 23:04 Bruce Devereux 24:22 Liz Cullen 24:24 Makiko Kitama 24:32 Kate Button 25:00 Mat Wilson 25:49 Elly Schoepp 26:01 Jacob Norris 26:34 Sharon Norris 26:34 Roberta Sim 26:35 Nadine Robinson 26:49 Cheryl Trent 27:00 Ryder Seabrook 27:00 Tyson Seabrook 27:00 Jody Pashkewych 27:18 Meaghan Spithoff 27:37 Nadine Slingerland 27:38 Paige Davies 27:49 Harvey Sexsmith 27:59 Donna Findlay 28:14 Brenda Simpson 28:25 Sally Thicke 28:27 Trudy Baba 28:43 Tracy Aiken 28:55 Ben Bauer 29:04 Carmen Goojha 29:04 Alison Maxwell 29:47 Sue Gillard 29:52 Liane Fredric 29:52 Rikki Herold 32:08 Lisa Vitols 33:23 Loretta Burke 34:45 Bev Craig 34:45 Danielle Heguy 38:13 Tracy Forster 39:05 Danielle 40:04 Sigrid Petersen 40:04 Francesca Apruzzese 41:38 Adalyn Norris 44:00
Results are in! See below. Let us know of any spelling corrections.
Winner of the shoe draw is…. Tyson Seabrook (Chatelech Track and Field Club)
Thanks for participating and congrats on your results. Stay tuned for the next time trial announcement after Christmas!
Halfmoon Bay 5K Time Trial Dec 5-13, 2020 Organized by PaceSetter Athletic Footwear NAME 5k 10K DATE ================================================ Jamie Leveque 22:11 2020/12/06 Ryder Seabrook 22:18 2020/12/12 Teresa Nightingale 23:18 2020/12/13 Larry Nightingale 23:24 2020/12/13 Chelsey Seabrook 25:30 2020/12/12 Tom Grant 25:34 2020/12/06 Theo Grant 26:00 2020/12/06 Tyson Seabrook 26:50 2020/12/12 Nadine Robinson 26:54 2020/12/12 Evelyn Reynolds 27:15 2020/12/12 Elly Schoepp 27:32 55:23 2020/12/12 Tracy Aiken 28:58 2020/12/12 Sharon Norris 28:26 2020/12/13 Jacob Norris 28:26 2020/12/13 Alison Maxwell 28:40 2020/12/09 Ingrid Lehman 28:46 2020/12/11 Donna Findlay 28:58 2020/12/12 Lexa Pomfret 29:19 2020/12/08 Meaghan Spithoff 30:30 2020/12/09 Carmen Goojha 30:45 2020/12/07 Sue Gillard 31:07 2020/12/12 Laine Friedrich 31:07 2020/12/12 Amy Lang 31:15 2020/12/06 Tyler Thompson 31:22 2020/12/12 Garrett White 31:22 2020/12/12 Charlotte Olsen 32:34 2020/12/07 Justin Grant 33:46 2020/12/06 Lisa Vitols 34:11 2020/12/05 Tracy Forster 35:47 2020/12/06 Erin Wilson 36:12 2020/12/12 Francesca 37:30 2020/12/12 Dave Lamb 41:41 2020/12/13 Danielle Heguy 43:34 2020/12/07 Ernie Barnum 44:03 2020/12/07 Madison Gardiner 45:57 2020/12/13 Kat Thompson 1:03:59 2020/12/12 Jordana White 1:03:59 2020/12/12
Club/clinic members have been busy with fall racing! Personal Bests are marked when we’ve been notified, if some are missing please let us know.
October 13, 2019: 2019 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – Half Marathon
2:01:37 Tracy Aiken, Gibsons – 78th, F40-44 *PB
2:14:44 Wendy Morris, Gibsons – 54th, F55-59
October 13, 2019: 2019 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon – 8k
35:44 Edward Aiken, Gibsons – 7th M45-49 *PB
51:37 Bev Craig, Gibsons – 22nd F60-64
October 13, 2019: Bank of America Chicago Marathon
4:16:27 Michelle Von Schleinitz, Gibsons – 786th F45-49 *PB
4:51:22 Trudy Baba, Gibsons – 28th F65-69
October 14, 2019: Granville Island Turkey Trot 10k
48:01 Stephen Rhodes, Gibsons – 19th M50-59
48:04 Alison Rhodes, Gibsons – 3rd F50-59 *PB
51:28 Susan Blair, Sechelt – 3rd F60-69 *PB
1:00:08 Nadine Slingerland, Roberts Creek – 45th F50-59
October 20, 2019: Halfmoon Bay Volunteer Fire Department 10k
42:28 Jamie Leveque, Sechelt – 2nd overall
50:20 Alison Rhodes, Gibsons – 2nd Female
1:03:00 Charlotte Goldenberg, Halfmoon Bay
October 20, 2019: Edge to Edge Marathon, Ucluelet – Half Marathon
2:04:42 Mathew Wilson, Gibsons – 6th M37-45
2:16:43 Roberta Sim, Gibsons – 2nd F46-54
2:36:55 Meaghan Spithoff, Roberts Creek – 21st F37-45
October 27, 2019: James Cunningham Seawall Race 10k
40:39 Jamie Leveque, Sechelt – 5th M45-49 *PB
45:23 Teresa Nightingale, Halfmoon Bay – 2nd F50-54
49:03 Alison Rhodes, Gibsons – 4th F50-54
51:26 Mathew Wilson, Gibsons – 7th M40-44
56:23 Trudy Baba, Gibsons – 1st F65-69
56:30 Nadine Slingerland, Roberts Creek – 6th F50-54
58:59 Roberta Sim, Gibsons – 9th F45-49
59:18 Charlotte Goldenberg, Halfmoon Bay – 7th F50-54
1:35:10 Mary Kenny, Sechelt – 17th F55-59
The final race of the 2019 Brewery Run Series had the biggest turn-out yet with 42 runners completing The Bricker 7k. Herman Mentz and Sara Tyne of Sechelt were the overall winners, each taking home a growler from The Bricker.
Starting and finishing at Mason and Norwest Bay in West Sechelt, the route took the runners past farms along Mason Road, past breathtaking vistas of Sechelt Inlet from Heritage Road, and through shady trails from the Crowston Connector back to Mason. A refreshing breeze kept the heat of the sun at bay, but participants still found it quite warm and made good use of the two water stations provided.
Unlike last week’s Tapworks 5k, the battle for first overall in the 7k was a close one, with Mentz edging out Byron Fader of Powell River by just four seconds. Taking a strong third 41 seconds later was Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque.
The women’s race was a different story with Tyne finishing well over a minute ahead of her nearest rival. Second and third were much closer, with Alexa Dornbierer of Sechelt crossing the line only nine seconds ahead of Katie Oliver of Gibsons.
There were a number of tight races for first place among the age categories. Tamas Mihalyi was just six seconds ahead of Stephen Rhodes in the Men’s 50+ division; the Women’s 40-49 division saw Roberta Sim finish only ten seconds ahead of Donna Findlay; and Brenda Simpson gapped Nadine Slingerland by only eight seconds in the Women’s 50+ group.
After enjoying fruit and goodies at the finish line, participants and volunteers headed over to The Bricker for the awards ceremony, a well-earned cider (included with the race entry) and breakfast from The Manor Born foods.
Leveque was the lucky winner of a pair of shoes from PaceSetter Athletic Footwear, in the Grand Prize Draw for the series. His name was drawn from among those who ran at least three of the series races.
The organizers would like to thank the wonderful team of volunteers who made this event possible: Alison Rhodes, Randi Johnsen, Mike Meggiato, Conchita Harding, Greg Carter, Kati Saarinen, Lori Leveque, Susan Blair, Randy Eistetter, Stephen Rhodes, and Michelle Von Schleinitz.
The next local road race hosted by PaceSetter is coming up August 11th in Garden Bay. Register now for the Four Lakes 10k + 3k Family Fun Run/Walk, and enjoy a morning (or a whole day) at beautiful Katherine Lake Park.
The Bricker 7k results:
Pl Time Bib First Name Last Name Cat. Cat.Pl. City ===================================================================== 1 30:25 102 Herman Mentz M20-39 1 Sechelt 2 30:29 693 Byron Fader M40-49 1 Powell River 3 31:10 678 Jamie Leveque M40-49 2 Sechelt 4 31:49 578 Darren Causon M40-49 3 Sechelt 5 32:20 660 Ed Aiken M40-49 4 Gibsons 6 33:51 679 Tamas Mihalyi M50+ 1 Gibsons 7 33:57 695 Stephen Rhodes M50+ 2 Gibsons 8 34:24 103 Chris Paul M20-39 2 Sechelt 9 35:14 692 Mathew Wilson M40-49 5 Gibsons 10 35:58 680 Scott Minch M50+ 3 Madeira Park 11 36:23 691 Sara Tyne F20-39 1 Sechelt 12 37:29 669 Dagan Benner M20-39 3 Sechelt 13 37:41 672 Alexa Dornbierer F20-39 2 Sechelt 14 37:50 683 Katie Oliver F20-39 3 Gibsons 15 38:44 101 Roberta Sim F40-49 1 Gibsons 16 38:54 553 Donna Findlay F40-49 2 Sechelt 17 39:19 661 Tracy Aiken F40-49 3 Gibsons 18 39:29 698 Daren Spithoff M40-49 6 R Creek 19 39:45 677 Krisztina Harasztosi F40-49 4 Gibsons 20 39:59 670 Heather Damsgaard F40-49 5 Sechelt 21 40:10 684 Brenda Simpson F50+ 1 Gibsons 22 40:18 434 Nadine Slingerland F50+ 2 R Creek 23 41:03 690 Lisa Stiver F40-49 6 Gibsons 24 41:30 676 Gera Gilroy F20-39 4 Sechelt 25 41:33 697 Jules Knox F20-39 5 Kelowna 26 41:41 104 Darryl Yates M50+ 4 Sechelt 27 41:56 685 Todd Simpson M50+ 5 Gibsons 28 42:00 688 Laura Spruyt F40-49 7 Cochrane AB 29 43:21 671 Gregory Dick M50+ 6 Gibsons 30 43:32 687 Meaghan Spithoff F40-49 8 R Creek 31 43:51 694 Nadia Morrison F50+ 3 Powell River 32 45:03 681 Michele Mocellin M40-49 7 HMB 33 45:03 667 Marisa Alps F40-49 9 HMB 34 45:04 668 Matteo Alps Mocellin M20-39 4 Vancouver 35 45:06 673 Liane Friedrich F50+ 4 Sechelt 36 45:21 689 Jennifer Stapleton F20-39 6 Sechelt 37 46:50 675 Sue Gillard F50+ 5 Sechelt 38 46:58 682 Laura Needham F40-49 10 Sechelt 39 47:11 696 Charlotte Goldenberg F50+ 6 HMB 40 47:14 700 Brynn Storey F19- 1 Sechelt 41 47:15 699 Erin Storey F40-49 11 Sechelt 42 50:58 674 Merideth Frost F40-49 12 Madeira Park
Race #3 of the series was hot and sunny just like in 2018. A total of 31 runners challenged themselves on the scenic course which took them from Armour’s Beach along the oceanfront path, then back and forth through the residential area of Gibsons Landing below the bluff. A quick jaunt through the Arrowhead Park trail provided some respite from the hot sun before heading back to the seaside path for the final kilometre back to Armour’s Beach. Quite a few finishers cooled off with a refreshing ocean swim before heading over to Tapworks for the post-run festivities.
Powell River’s Will Rice was in a class of his own, blasting around the course in 18:19 for the overall win. Will is under 19 so his dad Tony (who also raced) was the lucky recipient of the first place growler!
Second and third overall spots were claimed by Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque and Gibsons’ Theo Kontekakis in 21:24 and 21:53, respectively.
First female finisher and 4th overall was Gibsons’ Liz Cullen in 21:59. Cullen was also the overall female winner at Race #2 (10.1k at The 101). Second and third women to cross the line several minutes later were Kelsey Mulvihill and Katie Oliver, just 14 seconds apart.
Amazing performance of the day goes to Jacob Norris of Sechelt, who finished the 5k in a very impressive 31:09 – at six years of age!
Huge thanks to all our wonderful volunteers: Randi Johnsen, Alison Rhodes, Deanne Shuttleworth, Conchita Harding, Greg Carter, Kati Saarinen, Brent Sanford, Alex Nightingale, Maria Nightingale, and Michelle von Schleinitz.
Overall winners each received a growler from Tapworks; top 3 in each age group received medals; and a number of draw prizes from PaceSetter and Tapworks were given away to runners and volunteers. Each participant and volunteer also received a ticket for 1 free beer or cider and enjoyed watermelon and cookies.
Join us for the final event of the 2019 series on Sunday July 28th at 10am – The Bricker 7k. Starts and finishes at Mason Road and Norwest Bay Road. Register online for best rate!
Pl Time Bib First Name Last Name Cat. Cat.Pl. City ===================================================================== 1 18:19 595 Will Rice M19- 1 Powell River 2 21:24 586 Jamie Leveque M40-49 1 SECHELT 3 21:53 585 Theo Kontekakis M20-39 1 Gibsons 4 21:59 572 Liz Cullen F20-39 1 Gibsons 5 22:44 582 Reid Eltherington M20-39 2 Uxbridge 6 23:40 587 Tamas Mihalyi M50+ 1 Gibsons 7 23:51 598 Mike Stevenson M50+ 2 Delta 8 23:54 663 Tom Grant M40-49 2 Sechelt 9 24:18 588 Scott Minch M50+ 3 Madeira Park 10 25:05 594 Tony Rice M50+ 4 Powell River 11 25:31 589 Kelsey Mulvihill F20-39 2 Vancouver 12 25:45 592 Katie Oliver F20-39 3 Gibsons 13 25:54 580 Bryce Dixon M50+ 5 N Vancouver 14 25:57 557 Tom Hierck M50+ 6 Gibsons 15 26:17 440 Mathew Wilson M40-49 3 Gibsons 16 27:23 584 Krisztina Harasztosi F40-49 1 Gibsons 17 28:07 577 Tracy Aiken F40-49 2 Gibsons 18 28:14 434 Nadine Slingerland F50+ 1 R Creek 19 28:49 596 Todd Simpson M50+ 7 Gibsons 20 28:59 599 Lisa Stiver F40-49 3 Gibsons 21 29:47 435 Meaghan Spithoff F40-49 4 R Creek 22 29:56 665 Sally Thicke F50+ 2 Gibsons 23 30:48 662 Daren Spithoff M40-49 4 R Creek 24 30:52 579 Gregory Dick M50+ 8 Gibsons 25 31:09 590 Jacob Norris M19- 2 Sechelt 26 31:12 591 Sharon Norris F20-39 4 Sechelt 27 31:55 583 Sue Gillard F50+ 3 Sechelt 28 34:09 597 Aurora Stevenson F50+ 4 Delta 29 34:20 664 Bev Craig F50+ 5 Gibsons 30 37:36 661 Sara Perry F20-39 5 R Creek 31 37:38 660 Madison Dempster F20-39 6 Gibsons
Thirty people came out to run in the rain at the second event of the 2019 Brewery Run Series. Temperature was great for racing, though, and everyone dried off quickly at the post-race celebrations at The 101.
A lead pack of 5 men stayed together until the bottom of the Mahan Trail. Hannes Weber of Sechelt broke away and led to the finish in 44:13. On the women’s side, Liz Cullen of Gibsons took an early lead and gradually extended it for a 48:30 first place clocking.
Trudy Baba finished only 2 seconds over 1:01, winning an extra beer ticket for being the closest to 1:01!
This year’s course was slightly different from 2018 with an easier, flatter final kilometre.
Big thanks to all our wonderful volunteers: Deanne Shuttleworth, Conchita Harding, Greg Carter, Randi Johnsen, Mike Meggiato, Alison Rhodes, Nadine Slingerland, Alex Nightingale, Maria Nightingale, Michelle von Schleinitz, Susan Blair and Randy Eistetter!
Overall winners each received a growler from The 101; top 3 in each age group received medals; and a number of draw prizes from PaceSetter, Chef Barry, and The 101 were given away to runners and volunteers. Each participants and volunteer also received a ticket for 1 free beer.
Join us for race #3 on Sunday July 21st, 10am – Tapworks 5k. Register online for best rate!
Pl Time Bib First Name Last Name Cat. Cat.Pl. City ==================================================================== 1 44:13 569 Hannes Weber M2039 1 Sechelt 2 45:39 570 Zdenek Zukal M2039 2 Gibsons 3 46:28 575 Graham Perkins M2039 3 N. Vancouver 4 46:39 546 Ed Aiken M4049 1 Gibsons 5 46:51 559 Jamie Leveque M4049 2 Sechelt 6 47:51 551 Darren Causon M4049 3 Sechelt 7 48:30 571 Liz Cullen F2039 1 Gibsons 8 50:12 572 Laura Dollison F2039 2 N. Vancouver 9 50:38 564 Harvey Sexsmith M50+ 1 Gibsons 10 51:15 561 Tamas Mihalyi M50+ 2 Gibsons 11 51:53 574 Stephen Rhodes M50+ 3 Gibsons 12 52:03 555 Tom Grant M4049 4 Sechelt 13 52:31 562 Gareth Moses M50+ 4 Gibsons 14 54:03 557 Thomas Hierck M50+ 5 Gibsons 15 55:18 554 Carmen Goojha F2039 3 Sechelt 16 55:18 549 Benjamin Bauer M2039 4 Sechelt 17 55:36 563 Katie Oliver F2039 4 Gibsons 18 56:34 425 Donna Findlay F4049 1 Sechelt 19 58:22 556 Krisztina Harasztosi F4049 2 Gibsons 20 59:02 576 Scot Witala M2039 5 Pt. Coquitlam 21 1:00:29 547 Tracy Aiken F4049 3 Gibsons 22 1:01:02 420 Trudy Baba F50+ 1 Gibsons 23 1:01:22 566 Brenda Simpson F50+ 2 Gibsons 24 1:03:30 567 Todd Simpson M50+ 6 Gibsons 25 1:04:29 573 Wendy Morris F50+ 3 Gibsons 26 1:05:53 428 Todd Loitz M50+ 7 Gibsons 27 1:06:41 552 Gregory Dick M50+ 8 Gibsons 28 1:07:22 558 Andrea Kevan F2039 5 Gatineau 29 1:11:12 565 Janet Shimizu F50+ 4 Gibsons Approx 5k: 53:08 Mary Kenny F50+ Sechelt
Beautiful sunny morning for the start of the 2019 Brewery Run Series! Great running by all!
Start and finish photos coming soon. See our Facebook page for some great shots mid-race (in the Soames trails) by Randi Johnsen.
Big thanks to all our volunteers including Randi Johnsen, Mike Meggiato and Lori Leveque – with special thanks to Shaunna-Rae Williams and Krystal Williams who stepped in when we found out a few days ago we needed certified flaggers on course due to new MOTI rules!
Overall winners Jamie Leveque and Michelle Von Schleinitz each received a growler from Persephone; top 3 in each age group received medals; and a number of draw prizes from PaceSetter + 2 more growlers were given away to runners and volunteers. Each participants and volunteer also received a ticket for 1 free beer. On-site farmer’s market and live music added to the festive post-run atmosphere.
Join us for race #2 on Sunday July 7th, 10am – 10.1K at The 101 Brewhouse & Distillery. Register online for best rate!
Pl Bib Time FIRST NAME LAST NAME CAT CAT PL CITY ================================================================ 1 439 21:58 Jamie Leveque M40 1 Sechelt 2 443 21:59 Jordan Wilson M20 1 Sechelt 3 418 22:26 Ed Aiken M40 2 Gibsons 4 429 24:05 Tamas Mihalyi M50 1 Gibsons 5 441 24:52 Jaye Thomas M40 3 Gibsons 6 438 25:09 Mathew Wilson M40 4 Gibsons 7 440 25:48 Michelle Von Schleinitz F40 1 Gibsons 8 425 26:53 Donna Findlay F40 2 Sechelt 9 433 27:45 Roberta Sim F40 3 Gibsons 10 442 28:19 Jen Harrison F40 4 Gibsons 11 428 28:27 Todd Loitz M50 2 Gibsons 12 434 28:32 Nadine Slingerland F50 1 Roberts Creek 13 419 28:40 Tracy Aiken F40 5 Gibsons 14 422 29:06 Sandra Buchanan F50 2 Halfmoon Bay 15 420 29:27 Trudy Baba F50 3 Gibsons 16 426 30:07 Krisztina Harasztosi F40 6 Gibsons 17 421 31:02 Elizabeth Boghean F50 4 Gibsons 18 436 31:58 Jennifer Stapleton F20 1 Sechelt 19 424 32:57 Gregory Dick M50 3 Gibsons 20 432 36:18 Joanne Parry F50 5 Sechelt 21 437 36:47 Diana Vanwoerkom F50 6 Sechelt 22 431 36:48 Freya Olson F20 2 Vancouver 23 430 36:49 Dennis Olson M50 4 Sechelt 24 423 42:56 Todd Buchanan M50 5 Halfmoon Bay
The spring 2019 edition of the PaceSetter 5-Dollar 5K Series concluded on Sunday March 10 under sunny skies and the mildest temperature so far. It was actually pleasant standing around at the finish line, even for participants who raced in shorts. Could spring be finally here?
Roberts Creek’s Keaton McIlwraith took first place for the 3rd week in a row. The temptation of a mega-sized chocolate bar, offered by volunteer and club-mate Alison Rhodes as a reward for beating last week’s personal best time, didn’t quite do the trick – but McIlwraith’s time of 20:07 was not far off and Rhodes relinquished the chocolate prize nonetheless.
Second place was again claimed by Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque, who managed to carve off another 11 seconds from his 5K personal best, even without the lure of candy.
Third overall and first female Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons slashed 23 seconds from her previous best time. She recorded 21:00 thanks to some pacing help from 1500m specialist and former Chatelech Eagle Jordan Wilson, who was visiting home for the weekend.
Sacha Stipec of Gibsons also put down her best time of the series (21:40) to again claim second female honours, three seconds better than last week’s result.
Third woman across the line was first-time racer Sara Skeath of Sechelt, who was thrilled to complete the 5K well under the 30 minute mark, with the clock reading 29:21.
The organizers would like to thank our dedicated volunteers Alison Rhodes, Nadine Slingerland, Ann Law, and Cole Buryniuk.
Next local race is the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run presented by Eastlink, on Sunday April 7. And the second annual Sunshine Coast Brewery Run Series will be returning in June and July. Keep training and we’ll see you at the races!
Results from Race #4:
Place Time Bib Name M/F City ======================================================= 1 20:07 410 Keaton McIlwraith M Roberts Creek 2 20:39 392 Jamie Leveque M Sechelt 3 21:00 409 Kallalei Ryden F Gibsons 4 21:02 401 Jordan Wilson M Sechelt 5 21:40 415 Sacha Stipec F Gibsons 6 23:51 407 Stephen Rhodes M Gibsons 7 29:21 393 Sara Skeath F Sechelt 8 29:57 448 Litze Boghean F Gibsons 9 43:39 394 Mary Kenny F Sechelt
Photos: (more on our Facebook page)
Results from the series:
Race #1 Race #2 Race #3 Race #4 Name M/F City Pl Time Pl Time Pl Time Pl Time ==================================================================================== Keaton McIlwraith M R. Creek 1 20:01 1 19:43 1 20:07 Jamie Leveque M Sechelt 1 20:54 2 21:10 2 20:50 2 20:39 Kallalei Ryden F Gibsons 3 22:14 3 21:23 3 21:40 3 21:00 Sacha Stipec F Gibsons 2 22:06 4 22:10 4 21:43 5 21:40 Stephen Rhodes M Gibsons 5 23:15 6 23:10 6 23:51 Scott Minch M Garden Bay 4 23:37 6 23:24 8 24:33 Litze Boghean F Gibsons 10 29:34 10 28:27 8 29:57 Daren Spithoff M R Creek 5 25:21 7 26:55 Trudy Baba F Gibsons 8 28:47 9 28:01 John Law M R Creek 9 29:07 11 28:53 Meaghan Spithoff F R Creek 14 30:57 8 27:18 Amy Perry F Sechelt 11 30:08 16 31:09 Mary Kenny F Sechelt 13 47:31 9 43:39 Michelle Von Schleinitz F Gibsons 6 27:57 Nadine Slingerland F R Creek 7 27:57 Carmen Goojha F Sechelt 12 30:49 Ben Bauer M Sechelt 13 30:50 Anne Nikodem F HMB 15 35:25 Michelle Kwasney F Sechelt 16 35:25 Kathleen Colquhoun F Gibsons 17 38:16 Charlotte Goldenberg F HMB 12 29:40 Rachel Redding F Gibsons 13 30:08 Nicole Griggs F Gibsons 14 30:12 Myra Perry F Sechelt 15 31:09 Sierra Ryden M Gibsons 5 21:45 Darren Causon M Sechelt 7 24:01 Krisztina Harasztosi F Gibsons 9 25:58 Donna Findlay F Sechelt 10 26:16 Georgina Brandon F Gibsons 11 26:51 Paige Davies F Gibsons 12 28:25 Jordan Wilson M Sechelt 4 21:02 Sara Skeath F Sechelt 7 29:21
Race #3 of the 5-Dollar 5K Series was all about speed as a number of participants improved their times over the previous couple of weeks. The persistent snow and ice on the trails finally receded enough to allow safe use of the official course, rather than an out and back road-only route. Temperatures were still around the freezing mark with a light wind adding to the chill, but sunshine and blue sky cheered the runners and volunteers.
The top finishers were a repeat of Race #2. Keaton McIlwraith of Roberts Creek significantly improved his 5k personal best with a 19:43 clocking for the win. In second place at 20:50, Jamie Leveque of Sechelt cut 20 seconds off last week’s result — despite a plan to “take it easy” after completing a long marathon training run the day before.
To defend her third place spot, Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons not only had to outkick regular series rival Sacha Stipec of Gibsons, but also her own younger brother Sierra Ryden. The three teens gave it their all as they sprinted to the finish line, crossing just seconds apart, with Stipec in fourth and the younger Ryden in fifth (third male overall).
Gibsons’ Krisztina Harasztosi overcame jetlag to take third female spot in 25:58, having just returned from a visit to her home country of Hungary.
The organizers would like to thank our super volunteers Alison Rhodes, Ann Law, Jamie Leveque, Susan Blair, Randy Eistetter, and Valerie Ryden.
The fourth and final event of the series is Sunday March 10th at PaceSetter, with a 10am start — but it’ll feel like a 9am start as Daylight Saving starts the night before. Join us for some fun running or walking, coffee, snacks and draw prizes!
Place Time Bib First Name Last Name M/F City ============================================================ 1 19:43 417 Keaton McIlwraith M Roberts Creek 2 20:50 392 Jamie Leveque M Sechelt 3 21:40 409 Kallalei Ryden F Gibsons 4 21:43 415 Sacha Stipec F Gibsons 5 21:45 467 Sierra Ryden M Gibsons 6 23:10 407 Stephen Rhodes M Gibsons 7 24:01 395 Darren Causon M Sechelt 8 24:33 397 Scott Minch M Garden Bay 9 25:58 405 Krisztina Harasztosi F Gibsons 10 26:16 393 Donna Findlay F Sechelt 11 26:51 401 Georgina Brandon F Gibsons 12 28:25 414 Paige Davies F Gibsons 13 47:31 416 Mary Kenny F Sechelt
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Another sunny, frosty day greeted the participants of the second race of the spring 5K series at PaceSetter. Nearly the same number of runners took part as last week, while new winners claimed the overall spots.
Gibsons’ Keaton McIlwraith was first across the line, just missing a sub-20 clocking by a couple of seconds but setting a personal best nonetheless. Last Sunday’s winner Jamie Leveque of Sechelt was second this week in 21:10.
Top female finisher was Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons, slashing nearly a minute off last week’s clocking to cross the line in 21:23, good for a repeat third place overall. Elphi track teammate Sacha Stipec (Gibsons) ran pretty much the same time as last week (22:10), which had placed her ahead of Ryden in race #1 but second among females this week.
Rounding out the top 3 was Stephen Rhodes of Gibsons for the men (23:15), and Meaghan Spithoff of Roberts Creek for the women (27:18). Spithoff handed off the baby-jogger-pushing duties to husband Daren this week, allowing her to cut more than 3 and a half minutes from her time.
Organizers Teresa and Larry would like to thank volunteers Susan & Randy, Lori & Jamie, and Alison for coming out to help!
Race #3 is next Sunday March 3rd, same time, same place — 9am at PaceSetter.
Place Time Bib First Name Last Name M/F City ============================================================= 1 20:01 411 Keaton McIlwraith M R Creek 2 21:10 392 Jamie Leveque M Sechelt 3 21:23 409 Kallalei Ryden F Gibsons 4 22:10 414 Sacha Stipec F Gibsons 5 23:15 407 Stephen Rhodes M Gibsons 6 23:24 397 Scott Minch M Garden Bay 7 26:55 404 Daren Spithoff* M R Creek 8 27:18 403 Meaghan Spithoff F R Creek 9 28:01 401 Trudy Baba F Gibsons 10 28:27 448 Elizabeth Boghean F Gibsons 11 28:53 400 John Law M R Creek 12 29:40 410 Charlotte Goldenberg F Halfmoon Bay 13 30:08 412 Rachel Redding F Gibsons 14 30:12 413 Nicole Griggs F Gibsons 15 31:09 405 Myra Perry F Sechelt 16 31:09 395 Amy Perry F Sechelt *with jogging stroller
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The first event of the Spring 2019 5-Dollar 5K Series is in the books! It was a cold but sunny morning with a couple of icy spots on the otherwise snow-less course. Seventeen enthusiastic participants came out to test themselves over the out-and-back route.
Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque was first overall and first male, finishing in 20:54 despite having a week off training due to illness. Second and third overall and top 2 females were Elphi track team members Sacha Stipec and Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons, in 22:06 and 22:14, respectively.
Remaining races in the series are Sunday, February 24, March 3 and March 10. All start at 9am except for the final one which will start at 10am to offset the start of Daylight Saving Time.
Thanks to our awesome volunteers Susan & Randy, Jamie, Nadine, and Cliff!
Place Time Bib First Name Last Name M/F City ================================================================ 1 20:54 392 Jamie Leveque M Sechelt 2 22:06 405 Sacha Stipec F Gibsons 3 22:14 406 Kallalei Ryden F Gibsons 4 23:37 397 Scott Minch M Garden Bay 5 25:21 404 Daren Spithoff M Roberts Creek 6 27:57 401 Michelle Von Schleinitz F Gibsons 7 27:57 402 Nadine Slingerland F Roberts Creek 8 28:47 396 Trudy Baba F Gibsons 9 29:07 400 John Law M Roberts Creek 10 29:34 448 Elizabeth Boghean F Gibsons 11 30:08 395 Amy Perry F Sechelt 12 30:49 407 Carmen Goojha F Sechelt 13 30:50 408 Ben Bauer M Sechelt 14 30:57 403 Meaghan Spithoff* F Roberts Creek 15 35:25 398 Anne Nikodem F Halfmoon Bay 16 35:25 399 Michelle Kwasney F Sechelt 17 38:16 393 Kathleen Colquhoun F Gibsons *with jogging stroller
Registration is open for the 2019 Sunshine Coast Trail Series and the Puddle Jumper Classic, organized by Team Wolverine Athletics. Whether you’re new to trail running or an experienced veteran, Mike and Randi take care of all the details at these races to give you a great experience in the beautiful trails of the Sunshine Coast! PaceSetter is proud to be a sponsor of the SC Trail Series and the PJC.
The 6-event series starts March 30th with Swamp Thing in Pender Harbour, and works its way down the coast through the spring and summer to end with Biter in Gibsons in early September.
On June 8th the 3rd annual Puddle Jumper Classic 50k & 25k will challenge ultramarathoners in the hills above Roberts Creek, then celebrate with a beer & burger party at the finish!
The Spring 2019 5-Dollar 5K Series is taking place Feb 17, 24, Mar 3 and Mar 10, and is a great opportunity for runners and walkers of all ages to test themselves over 5k or just come out and have a fun morning with friends and family. Registration open now! Just $5 per event, or $16 for the whole series. More details and registration link on the Events page.
Over $2000 raised for Chat/Elphi Running Teams and Elves Club
December 9th, Sechelt: The weather outside was frightful — but the participation level at the seventh annual Holiday Hustle 5k/2k was delightful. By Saturday evening there were 135 registrants signed up online, a new record. Despite cold wind and rain on Sunday morning, an additional 21 people registered on site to bring the total to 156, an increase of more than 50% over the previous high of 99, set in 2014.
Online and in-person donations by participants totalled $562 for the Chatelech & Elphinstone Running Teams and $125 for the Elves Club. Net race revenue from entry fees was added to the donations, bringing the Running Teams total raised to $1829 and the Elves Club total to $250.
“The Running Team funds will help pay travel and uniform costs for the team, removing financial barriers to student athletes who want to compete,” said event co-organizer Larry Nightingale, who is the coach for both school teams. “That’s the reason we put on this event and others like it. Not only does it support the student athletes financially, it also provides a venue for kids and adults to discover a love of running, in a fun, no-stress setting.”
The 5k had 84 finishers, led by 3-time past winner and former Chatelech Racing Team member Jordan Wilson of Sechelt in a blazing fast 16:32. Teenager Keaton McIlwraith of Roberts Creek and Masters runner Jamie Leveque of Sechelt took second and third spots overall in 20:05 and 20:34 respectively. Both are PaceSetter Athletic Club members. Leveque was third last year as well, but ran nearly a minute faster this year.
On the women’s side, 16-year-old Kallalei Ryden of Gibsons, who races for Elphinstone and PaceSetter Athletic Club, easily captured first female position with a time of 21:04, placing her 5th overall. Second and third women to finish were Leah Painter of Sechelt in 25:11 and J Klassen of Sechelt in 25:21.
The fastest of 54 finishers in the 2k was 8-year-old Nolan Magnusson in 10:33, chased in by Dayton Tattrie (8) and Callum Storey (9) who were just 12 seconds behind. Right behind the boys was 10-year-old Isla Mackay of Madeira Park in 11:03.
After finishing, participants gathered inside the warm, dry Seaside Centre, festively decorated and filled with the smooth sounds of a jazz duo from Chatelech. Hot coffee, hot chocolate, mandarin oranges and home-baked Christmas treats supplied by sponsors and volunteers were enjoyed by all.
Thanks to many generous donations by local businesses, 38 prizes, valued from $5 to $110, were awarded to participants and volunteers in a random draw. This was the highlight of the morning for many, especially the younger participants, who eagerly crowded around the prize table in anticipation as the numbers were drawn.
More photos, full results and a list of sponsors are available at pacesetterathletic.club/hh5k/.
What’s next: training clinics for the BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run will be starting up in mid-January — check the clinics page soon for details and registration.
A large group of PaceSetter club and clinic members attended the 48th annual James Cunningham Seawall Race, held Sunday October 28th, 2018. This fun, well-organized race goes around the seawall for 9.5km, and sees many participants in costumes due to its proximity to Halloween.
Our costumes were very simple, just some dollar store devils horns headbands that we could all wear comfortably. They made it very easy to spot each other in the crowds.
It rained overnight and intermittently during the morning before the 10am start time, but stopped for the race. Patches of clear sky started to appear, and the sun was shining by the time we were finished. Nice!
Jamie Leveque got off to a fast start, and it wasn’t until about 5k near Lumberman’s Arch that Teresa Nightingale was able to catch up, after following those red horns halfway around the seawall. They finished just 22 seconds apart, in the top 45 overall out of 402 finishers.
Teresa was 7th overall female and first in the F50-54 category, while Jamie nabbed 5th spot out of 25 in the M45-49 division. A few minutes later Mathew Wilson was the 6th male in the 40-44 age group to cross the finish line.
The top-ten age group finishes kept going with Nadine Slingerland and Roberta Sim flying in just 11 seconds apart to take 8th and 9th spots in the F45-49 category.
Charlotte Goldenberg and Meghan Spithoff both ran strongly to finish well under an hour, in the top 50% of their respective divisions; while Tracy Forster was happily surprised with her finish time, battling a Halloween party hangover and minimal training of late.
Mary Kenny joined our group for the day after spotting us on the ferry. She was the final finisher in her age group but ahead of 20 people overall.
As a nice bonus, three of us also won draw prizes!
42:42 Teresa Nightingale 1st F5054 Halfmoon Bay 43:04 Jamie Leveque 5th M4549 Sechelt 47:39 Mathew Wilson 6th M4044 Gibsons 51:13 Nadine Slingerland 8th F4549 Roberts Creek 51:24 Roberta Sim 9th F4549 Gibsons 53:31 Kelly Jung 6th F5559 Gibsons 53:41 Trudy Baba 1st F6569 Gibsons 56:15 Charlotte Goldenberg 16th F4549 Halfmoon Bay 58:48 Meaghan Spithoff 13th F3539 Roberts Creek 1:09:53 Tracy Forster 22nd F3539 Gibsons 1:27:04 Mary Kenny 20th F5559 Sechelt
Light rain didn’t stop 44 runners and walkers from completing the 7th annual Halfmoon Bay Fire Department 10k on September 30th. After making their way from Fire Hall 2 to Fire Hall 1, participants were rewarded with custom finisher medals, snacks, draw prizes, and – if they stayed around a bit longer – a burger BBQ made possible by generous sponsorship from Sunshine Coast Credit Union.
Fastest over the challenging hilly course was Nick Duff in 38:44, followed by Jamie Leveque (44:08) and Nolan McKenna (47:34). All three are from Sechelt.
On the women’s side, Michelle Smith took an early lead but couldn’t shake 2016 winner Yoshimi Martin, who took the lead in the second half to win by just 10 seconds in 50:13. Rounding out the top three was Katrina Walters in 52:41. All three are from Halfmoon Bay.
Duff and Martin were each rewarded with a $25 gift certificate from PaceSetter Athletic.
Three HMB volunteer firefighters took on and met the challenge of running the course in firefighter gear: organizer James Sas, Ben Borowski, and Bo Xaveriss.
Participants could make a donation to the HBVFD when registering, and a total of $350 was raised that way.
Net proceeds from entry fees will be donated to the Chatelech and Elphinstone running teams.
Full results are available here.
Photo gallery is on Facebook.
Thank you to all who participated in this fundraiser event, including the volunteers from the fire department and the community, and the event sponsors!
We were expecting a modest turnout for the 11th annual Four Lakes 10k & 3k at Katherine Lake Park on Sunday August 12th. But a slew of race morning sign-ups, mostly 3k family entries from the on-site campground, nearly doubled the registration count.
By the time the race was about to start, 39 runners toed the line for the 10k while another 26 were ready for the 3k Family Fun Run & Walk.
The cool, cloudy morning allowed runners to really push the pace after weeks of subdued training in blasting heat. A sprinkle of overnight rain was just enough to keep the dust down and wash off the surrounding foliage.
Fastest over the scenic 10k course was Vancouver’s Emilie Plante in the Open 20-39 category, leaving all the men and other women behind to cross the line in 42:58. Half a minute behind her was the first male, Rick Roberts from Earls Cove, in the 50-59 age division. Just 20 seconds later, Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque crossed the line in 43:50 to win the M40-49 age group and set a new personal best.
Second woman overall was Surrey’s Colleen Shulze, who picked up the pace in the second half to end up in 7th place overall and first in the F40-49 category. Halfmoon Bay’s Yoshimi Martin edged out Vancouver’s Leanne Karnehm by 5 seconds for third female honours, winning the F50-59 division in the process.
Of note, Shulze’s son Landon outran his mum by nearly 2 minutes to finish 6th overall in 47:09, an outstanding result for an 11-year-old!
The rest of the Schulze family (kids Sophia and Houston, followed by dad Kevin) continued their winning ways, being the fastest to complete the 3k Family Fun Run & Walk, a full five minutes ahead of everyone else. No awards are presented in the 3k so times and order of finish are just for bragging rights.
Full results and many photos can be found at pacesetterathletic.club/4lakes/.
Next event hosted by PaceSetter Athletic is the start of the 2018 5 Dollar 5K Series, at 10am on Sunday August 19, part of the store’s 2-year anniversary weekend celebration. Race day sign up will start at 9am at PaceSetter.
With 144 finishers this was the second largest turnout so far (just shy of last year’s 161). Results are available on the Sea Cavalcade website and photos have been posted on the Sea Cavalcade Facebook page. Congrats to all finishers and especially to our club members who placed in their age group (or nearly did), and got personal bests!
Next event is the Four Lakes 10k & 3k on August 12 at Katherine Lake Park, Garden Bay. Register early and save!
Congrats to the 39 runners who came out and braved the heat for The Bricker 8K on Sunday July 15th! Huge thanks to our volunteers too!!
The distance was 8.4k and included 2km of trails. First overall and way ahead of the field was James Montgomery of Vancouver in 34:25, followed by John Jackson of West Vancouver in 37:39 and Keaton McIlwraith of Gibsons in 38:31.
The top three women finished 8th, 9th and 10th overall. First was Sechelt’s Donna Findlay in 45:45, then Roberts Creek’s Celia Clare in 47:08, and Sechelt’s Carmen Goojha in 47:18.
Montgomery and Findlay were each rewarded with a growler from The Bricker for their efforts. Lots of draw prizes from PaceSetter and 2 more growlers from The Bricker were given away to lucky racers and volunteers.
The grand draw prize of a pair of Brooks shoes from PaceSetter was won by Benjamin Bauer of Sechelt, whose number was drawn among the 21 participants who completed 3 or 4 out of the 4 series events. A total of 13 runners did all 4 events.
Many participants stayed around after the finish to enjoy cider in the relaxed atmosphere at the venue, which features a grassy picnic area with tables and umbrellas. A bonus was The Manor Born food truck, a very welcome addition to The Bricker, serving a Racers’ Special scrambled egg dish with salmon and goat cheese, as well as pizza and desserts.
Check our Facebook and Instagram pages for more photos!
The Gibsons Tapworks 5K saw a big jump in participation numbers over the first two events, with 50 finishers compared to 36; the series seems to be catching on!
Fastest on the out-and-back-plus-loop course in Gibsons Landing were Rian Mizzi from Burlington (Ontario) in 19:58, and Chantelle Abma of Edmonton (Alberta) in 25:35. Rian finished second in the Canada Day 10.1K at The 101 last weekend; this was his first time winning a race outright. Both winners were rewarded with growlers from Tapworks.
Rounding out the top three on the men’s side were Elliot Wadge in 20:27 and Darren Causon in 20:56, both from Sechelt. The women’s runners-up were Kyra McRae of Gibsons in 25:59 and Susan Blair of Sechelt in 26:18.
The youngest finisher was 9 year old Elliott McCauley of Gibsons, who literally left some adults in the dust while sprinting for home to an impressive 27:49, good for 21st overall.
Participants and organizers enjoyed the newly upgraded and beautifully landscaped Armours Beach Park for the start/finish area, with new picnic tables, flat grassy tiers, and easy access from Marine Drive. At least one racer took a cooling dip in the ocean right after finishing.
After consuming the traditional post-race watermelon and cookies, everyone headed back up to Tapworks to redeem their complimentary drink tickets, exchange race stories, and participate in the prize draw from PaceSetter.
Next and final event in the series is next Sunday, July 15 in West Sechelt, the Bricker 8k (actually 8.4k) at the Bricker Cidery on Norwest Bay Road. Start time 10am. Register online and save! Series t-shirts are still available for purchase, $18 each at PaceSetter and at the races.
Under perfect conditions on the morning of July 1st, 36 mostly red-and-white-clad runners looped through the roads and trails of Upper Gibsons for the Canada Day 10.1K at The 101. The final 2km challenged everyone with a climb up the Mahan Trail. What goes down must come up….
Leading the way were junior runner Will Rice of Powell River (43:35) and masters runner Ginny Blattler of Gibsons (50:46), who were each presented with a growler from The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery. (Will, who is only 16, gave his prize to his father, who also raced — we hope he received something in return!)
Rounding out the top 3 were Rian Mizzi of Gibsons in 44:27 and John Jackson of West Vancouver in 44:44 (age 65!); on the women’s side we had Katrina Walters of Halfmoon Bay in 53:01 and Parm Mann of Gibsons in 53:40 taking second and third, respectively.
Participants enjoyed post-race libations at The 101 and draw prizes from PaceSetter Athletic, with an additional free beer awarded to Rinette Lagace for finishing within seconds of 1:01.
The Series continues this Sunday July 8th with the Gibsons Tapworks 5K. That will be a flatter course!
Congratulations to all finishers of event #1 of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Brewery Run Series! Under rather warm conditions on Father’s Day, 36 participants headed out at 10am from Persephone Brewing Company’s Beer Farm, on an undulating course which included both road and trail portions.
Early leaders were Gibsons’ Tamas Mihalyi and Sechelt’s Jamie Leveque, but the order was shaken up in the second half by several strong finishers. Sechelt’s Darren Causon thought he had the win in hand but was overtaken in the final stretch by Rachel McKenzie of Roberts Creek, 20:30 to 20:37. Leveque held on for third overall in 21:13, followed by third male Levon Schmidt of Roberts Creek in 21:35.
Second and third women to cross the line were Carmen Goojha of Sechelt in 25:13 (8th overall) and Donna Findlay of Sechelt in 25:51 (10th overall).
Participants enjoyed post-run fruit and cookies and a complimentary beer at Persephone (included with race entry). First overall female and male were presented with refillable growlers (sponsored by Persephone), and everyone had a chance to win one of a number of draw prizes donated by PaceSetter.
Next event in the 4-race series is on July 1st: Canada Day 10.1k at The 101 – at The 101 Brewhouse + Distillery on Gibsons Way. Pre-register online for just $15 and save $5 over day of race entry fee.
PaceSetter Athletic is excited to announce the first annual Sunshine Coast Brewery Run Series! This is a fun series of 5k-10k runs at each of our 4 local craft breweries in Gibsons and Sechelt. Running + Beer or Cider: what more could you want?!
Each event will have beverage coupons for participants, snacks, draw prizes, and awards to the first overall male and female finishers. In addition, one lucky participant who does 3 or more events will win a pair of shoes!
Online registration is open now for individual events or the whole series. See our events page for full details!
New Series hosted by Team Wolverine Athletics: Get ready to explore the Lower Sunshine Coast and its amazing network of trails with a new trail series starting from Pender Harbour and making its way to Gibsons with a variety of trails and courses — a mix of typical Pacific Northwest trails including roots, rocks, mud and creek crossings. Each race will have a short course race (5-6km) and a long course race (10-12km) with one aid station out on the course.
- Pender Harbour: February 24th – Swamp Thing
- Halfmoon Bay: March 31st – Jurassic Parc
- Sechelt: April 28th – The Matrix
- Davis Bay: May 26th – A Bridge Too Far
- Roberts Creek: July 21st – Cheeky Creaker
- Gibsons: August 25th – Biter
Online registration is now open for all 3 returning fall/winter fixtures on the Sunshine Coast running calendar: Halfmoon Bay Volunteer Fire Dept 10k (Oct 1), Loon Lake Race (Oct 9), and the Holiday Hustle (Dec 17). Sign up early and save $5 or more on each entry fee!
For more info see our Events calendar.
September 10 was the final race of our Summer 2017 5-Dollar 5K series! We were lucky with the weather once again, with a cool cloudy morning giving way to sunshine. 31 folks of all ages and speeds showed up at Persephone, and many ran their fastest yet in the series! Full results are available HERE.
See photos on Facebook.
Congrats to our Grand Prize Winner of a pair of shoes from PaceSetter, Nadine Slingerland!
Stay tuned for details of our next series, a BREWERY/DISTILLERY RUN SERIES!
The 7th annual Run The Rock Marathon, Half & 8k on Texada took place August 27, on a warm/hot sunny Sunday. We Nightingales headed over Saturday, as did PaceSetter Club members Mathew & Roberta, and camped at the idyllic Shelter Point Park in Gillies Bay, the finish line location.
On Saturday afternoon there was time for a refreshing swim at the quarry after picking up our race kits, and before the traditional pre-race group dinner at the Ravenous Raven. Three of us (Larry, myself and Mat) would be doing the half marathon, while Roberta was going in the 8k.
Sunday morning dawned clear and mild. The marathoners went off at 7am. It was already getting fairly warm by the 8:30 half marathon start in Van Anda, but a light breeze kept us comfortable, and the first part of the route had plenty of shade.
Side note: We drove our van with 5 passengers to the half marathon start. One of those passengers looked familiar. Turns out she (Kathy English) was on an Island Relay team with me and Larry nearly 30 years ago, with Team West Coast. Small world!
I was treating the half as a long training run and expected to finish anywhere from 1:50 to 2:00. Since SVHM in June I had done only a couple of long runs. Larry was planning to keep me company but maybe pick up the pace in the second half if his legs felt good. So we didn’t even warm up, and stuck to a very relaxed effort from the start. Slow on the uphills.
Even so, after about 5k we were in 5th/6th place and catching the guys ahead of us. By about 9k we were in 2nd/3rd place, with another runner (Robert) pacing off us a few metres back. Larry was ready to switch gears by then. Shortly after that he was disappearing into the distance. We didn’t know it at the time but first place was out of reach (1:25). Larry ended up clocking 1:43:17 for second (first master).
I carried on towards Gillies Bay as the temperature rose. It was very helpful to have Robert following, knowing he was relying on me to stay on pace. Also I was aware that the next woman wasn’t too far behind (I had looked back just once, at 7k), and although I wasn’t “racing”, it would be nice to hold on to first place, now that I had it….
From 17 to 20km was the toughest section — the long gradual climb out of Gillies Bay, in full sun. At the final aid station Robert finally moved ahead. I had nothing left for a kick, even after reaching Shelter Park’s shady downhill stretch. So I was happy to cross the line well under my goal time, in 1:48:49. Faster than SVHM in June. 🙂
Mat was also very happy with his result, 6th overall, 2nd Male Master in 1:54:14. And Roberta rocked the 8k in 44:50, also 6th overall, and 3rd Female Master, only 5 seconds behind 2nd.
Photos by Maria Nightingale
A perfect morning for a run, partly cloudy and cool, with the sun warming things up afterward. A small but enthusiastic group came out to challenge themselves over 5k in upper Gibsons, starting and finishing near PaceSetter. Great job by all. Thanks again to Michelle for volunteering, and to Barry for post-race snacks. Barry was also the fastest runner! Results can be found here.
Next and final event of the series is happening September 10 at Persephone Brewing. Grand Prize will be drawn then too! (anyone who has done 4 or more events in the series will have their name entered)
We moved to Halfmoon Bay for this event of the series. Starting and finishing at Connor Park, the course was nearly half trails.
The sunshine was brighter (smoke was thinner) but the temperature stayed reasonable. On this long weekend we weren’t sure how many runners would be around, so eighteen was a good turnout! Fastest male was Findlay Day in 19:12, and his mum Meghan Day (former Creeker now living in Victoria) was fastest female in 27:21. Full results can be found here.
Next Series event, #4, will be August 20 at PaceSetter Athletic. 10am start. See event page for details and registration. See you there!
Great turnout for event #2 of the summer 2017 5k series, located at Persephone Brewing! We welcomed 42 entrants of all ages and speeds. Some clouds and one or two drops of rain kept everyone cool before the start when the sun broke through and it was summer again.
Fastest finishers were Theo Kontekakis in 24:42, followed by Dan Brackett in 26:23, and first female Cari Miller in 26:45. Third male was Andrew Duval in 26:48; second and third females were Kelly and Morgan Pollock in 27:59 and 28:21, respectively.
Here are the full results: Summer 2017 5k Series #2 Results
See photo gallery on Facebook.
Next Series event, #3, will be August 6 at Connor Park in Halfmoon Bay. 10am start. See the event page for details and how to register. See you there!
A small but dedicated group came out to start the 2017 series. First across the line was Puddle Jumper Classic race director Mike Meggatio in 23:29, followed by Tamas Mihalyi in 27:00 and Dan Brackett in 28:08. Top 3 women were Krisztina Harasztosi in 28:59, Nadine Slingerland in 29:53 and Tracy Aiken in 29:54.
Full results here: Summer 5k Series Event #1 Results
Photos are on our FB page.
Next Series event, #2, will be July 23 at Persephone Brewing in Gibsons, with a 10am start. See the event page for details and registration. See you there!