March 26, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Comox Valley RV Half Marathon – took place yesterday, Sunday, March 24. Hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners, the race was won by series leader Geoff Martinson, and Jim Finlayson set a new masters course record.
Victoria’s Geoff Martinson secured his series lead by winning in 1:07:01, closely followed by Jim Finlayson in 1:07:10. Third was Craig Odermatt in 1:12:19. Finlayson – who was chasing the Canadian Masters record – and Odermatt were also the top two Masters winners.
“I talked with Jim a few weeks ago about him going after the record. I thought that if I could run 1:06.30 myself I would be quite happy,” said Martinson. “I tried to help take some of the lead for Jim on the climb for the first 10km, and hopefully make his record chase a little easier. We worked hard today, even though it wasn’t quite enough.”
In the women’s race, Catrin Jones won in 1:19:47, second was Jen Millar in 1:20:03 and third was Melissa Ross in 1:21:46. The top female Master was Meghan Stothers in 1:26:38. Jones was particularly pleased with her performance considering she had just returned the night before from Kenya, where she competed in the Rift Valley Marathon the previous weekend.
“I wasn’t sure if I would feel rested for today but decided to drive up for the event anyway, and although it was tough considering how my body felt, I was happy to race the event again,” Jones said. “I only found my rhythm at 15km, so the last 5-6k felt the best. It’s not close to my PB but I am pleased with end result. I have always enjoyed running Comox, so I was pleased to take part in the race and thank everyone who organized the great event.”
Race Director Wayne Crowe was pleased with the event. “Race day was overcast and had a cool breeze with the odd shower greeting the 512 finishers. In spite of that there were some exceptional times and there was great food and excellent draw prizes to follow the event. The race was preceded on the Saturday evening by the first annual Pasta dinner and an inspirational talk by Jim Finlayson so it was an excellent weekend.”
After six races Prairie Inn Harriers lead the Island Series club standings, with Bastion Running Club second and Comox Valley Road Runners third. Geoff Martinson and Jen Millar lead the individual standings.
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Comox Valley RV Half Marathon will be followed by Merville 15K on April 7, and Sooke River 10K on April 21. The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is part of the Timex BC Series. All races are sanctioned by BC Athletics. Registration is now online at www.vira.bc.ca. Historical results from races dating back to 1980 from previous race series can be seen on www.pih.bc.ca