January 28, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Geoff Martinson set a new course record at the Cobble Hill 10K on Sunday. This was the second race held in the Frontrunners Island Race Series. The Cobble Hill 10k was sponsored by CEEVACS Road Runners and was a great success with 532 finishers as well as five new age group records set.
The Cobble Hill 10k was sponsored by CEEVACS Road Runners and was a great success with 532 finishers.
Martinson won in 30:46, beating Steve Osaduik’s 2008 time of 31:11. Second and third place was strongley contested with Sean Chester coming in at 31:54, and Andrew McCartney at 31:57. Top Master was Vince Brotherston in 35:25.
Martinson also won the Pioneer 8K two weeks ago “I wasn’t sure if I would be able to take the record down at Cobble Hill, but I thought the least I could do was give it a good hard effort,” he said. “With no watch and no clocks on the course, it wasn’t until the last 100-metres when I could see the finish line clock that I knew the record was within reach.”
There was just three seconds between the top two women with Catrin Jones winning in 35:57 and Lucy Smith second in 36:00. Smith was also the top master. Jen Millar was third in 36:13. “I was quite pleased with how my race went. I settled into a comfortable pace right away and managed to finish quite strong,” said Jones. “The competition was also great today. Having both Lucy Smith and Jen Miller by my side for most of the race was incredible. They are both amazing athletes and it’s always an honour to run with them.”
The race also saw five age-group records; Martinson in the M25-29, Jones in the F30-34, Smith in the F45-49, Gary Duncan in the M55-59, and Valerie Gonzales in the F65-69. In the sprint finish Eric Tremblay ran 12:76 to take the green jersey in the Open Men’s. Teenager Erica Deschiffart of the Bastion Running Club ran 16:27 to win the Open Women’s green jersey. Joshua Heath and Rachel Kimler took the jerseys for Masters Men & Women respectively.
“All in all a great day – we knew our course record was at risk, and were pleased to see such a fine performance by Geoff to take the record,” said Race Director Ian Milne. “There were also some fine runs throughout the entire field – from young teenagers to our experienced octogenarians. And special thanks to our series sponsors for their support, and also to the more than 60 volunteers from CEEVACS for delivering a safe, successful event.”
Prairie Inn Harriers lead the club standings, with Bastion Running Club second and Frontrunners Athletic Club third. Full race day results are available on:
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Cobble Hill 10K will be followed by Cedar 12K on February 10, Hatley Castle 8K on February 24, Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on March 10, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 24, Merville 15K on April 7, and Sooke River 10K on April 21. Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon are 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 .