Records Smashed at Bazan Bay 5k

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Victoria, BC (ISN) –  Seven new course records were set at Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K yesterday, led by overall men’s and women’s winners, Geoff Martinson from Victoria and Malindi Elmore from Kelowna.

Bazan Bay was the fifth race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series and had 679 finishers.

Martinson’s time of 14:20 beat the previous record set by Simon Whitfield in 2010 by 16 seconds, and was the 16th best ever performance. Second was National Triathlon Team member Brent McMahon in 14:44, and third was Dylan Haight from the Vikes in 14:48. Elmore’s time of 15:48 was the best performance ever in the Island Race Series, moving her to the top with 943 points – this is three points more than Jon Brown’s 1:03 result in the Comox Half Marathon in 2005. Second in the women’s field was Hilary Stellingwerff in 16:32 and third was Ellen Pennock in 16:54.

Elmore liked the new course: “It was a fast course and although slower than my track time, I was very pleased. I train with Hilary and it was good to see some good competition out there,” she said.

Two new 5K BC age-group records were broken. Lucy Smith’s 17:01 beat Nancy Tinari’s F45 of 17:07, and Nancy Baxendale’s 18:35 broke Catherine Irons’ F50 record of 18:47. Marilyn Arsenault won the masters women’s race in 16:54, and the men’s masters was won by Ian Hallam (15:31).

The Frontrunners Green Jersey for the fastest male sprinter over the last 100-metres was won by Byron Trajan in the open category (11.65) and Danny Keyes in the masters category (13.84). Marissa Murray won the female open in 15:17 and Marilyn Arsenault the masters in 16.44.

The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 3,157 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 1,486 and Frontrunners Athletic Club with 1,338. Full gun time results are on http://racedaytiming.ca/series?pg=raceresult&race=292.

Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Bazan Bay 5K will be followed by 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.

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