The second race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – the Cedar 12K – took place on Sunday, February 5, with Simon Whitfield winning in 37:36, just two seconds ahead of James Lander.
The race, which saw 449 finishers, was hosted by the Bastion Running Club, Nanaimo.
Whitfield and Esquimalt-based Lander were neck and neck for the entire race, and spectators saw a thrilling finish with Lander just being pipped to the post, finishing in 37:38. “The race was very hard. James knows how to hurt and pushed me the whole way,” said Whitfield. “I could tell right away he was going to be very hard to shake, and he kept coming back every time I surged to test him.”
Third place was Sean Chester (Aspire Running) in 39:01. Two seconds also separated the top two women with Care Nelson (Frontrunners Athletic Club) winning in 45:06, and the 2010 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon women’s winner Catrin Jones second in 45:08. Third was Claire Morgan (Aspire Running) in 46:15.
Top masters male was Vince Brotherston (Comox Valley Road Runners) in 43:04, and top masters female was Sisi Hallam (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 47:28.
“The conditions were just ideal with hardly any wind to speak of and lots of beautiful Nanaimo sunshine,” said Race Director, John Durkin, from the Bastion Running Club. “Everything went smoothly from the race set-up to the post-run food, which was all prepared by club volunteers.” Whitfield also commented on the organization: “What really stood out for me is just how great the people are in the Island Race Series. Everyone is just so nice and the atmosphere is fantastic,”
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The Frontrunners Green Jersey for the fastest male sprinter over the last 100-metres was won by Byron Trajan in the under 40 category (12.64) and Vince Brotherston in the over 40 category (16.01). Sarah Daitch won the female under 40 in 17.27 and Sisi Hallam the over 40 in 16:21.
The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 1444 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 703 and Frontrunners Athletic Club with 628. Full gun time results are on http://pih.bc.ca/results/Series.php?race=188 and timing splits are available on http://racedaytiming.ca/raceday-results?display=cedar12k2012.
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Cedar 12K will be followed by Hatley Castle 8K on February 19, Cobble Hill 10K on February 26 (re-scheduled from January 22), Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on March 4, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 18, Merville 15K on April 1, and Sooke River 10K on April 15. Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are also part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.ba.ca Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca.