Victoria, BC – February 20, 2012 (ISN) – The third race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Hatley Castle 8K – took place on Sunday, February 19. The race, which was organized by Frontrunners Athletic Club, saw 405 finishers, including winner James Lander.
James Lander won convincingly in 25:26 over Sean Chester (Aspire Running), second in 26:14. Third place was Shane Ruljancich (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 26:57. Claire Morgan (Aspire Running) won the Women’s Open in 31.01. Prairie Inn Harriers runners Julie Van Veelen and Sonja Yli-Kahila came second and third in 32:45 and 32:46. Top masters male was Hugh Trenchard in 28:50, top masters female was Rhonda Callendar (Island Road Racers) in 33:34.
“This year was a great event. The weather held out and we had a big turnout of participants,” said Nick Walker from Frontrunners Athletic Club. “The new course allowed for some new personal bests times and great finishing sprints. We had excellent support from volunteers and sponsors that helped the success of the event. We are very happy to be a part of the Frontrunners Island Race Series.”
The Frontrunners Green Jersey for the fastest open male sprinter over the last 100-metres was a tie – both Shane Ruljancich and Julien Marceau recorded a 13.20. In the masters category Danny Keyes won in 14:68. Heather Afford won the female open in 15:68 and Catherine Clarke the masters in 18:70.
The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 2050 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 990 and Frontrunners Athletic Club with 865. Full gun time results are on http://racedaytiming.ca/series?pg=raceresult&;race=291.
The next race is Cobble Hill 10K on February 26 (re-scheduled from January 22), SynergyHealthManagementLtdBazanBay5K on March 4, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 18, Merville 15K on April 1, and SookeRiver10K on April 15. SynergyHealthManagementLtdBazanBay5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are also part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration 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.