by Louise Hodgson-Jones
January 27, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The second race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Cobble Hill 10K – took place yesterday. The race started and finished at George Bonner Middle School, Cobble Hill Road. The 10K was hosted by the CEEVACS Road Runners. There were 576 finishers.
The race was won by Craig Odermatt from the Prairie Inn Harriers in 33:29 closely followed by Simon Stewart in 33:45 and Thomas Holm in 33:54. The women’s race was won by Lucy Smith (Lifesport) in 36:08. Second was Alison Hooper in 36:30 and third was Janet Nielson in 37:52. Both Odermatt and Smith also won the Masters categories.
“I have had a few health issues recently so I wanted a decent run;” Odermatt said. “I led from about three and a half kilometres and felt steady and strong.” Odermatt plans on competing in the other series races.
Triathlete Smith led the women’s field the whole race. She didn’t have a set plan: “I use these races to run hard and I didn’t feel threatened today,” she said. She plans on doing Hatley Castle 8K which she has never done and the Bazan Bay 5K. She has no triathlons this year but will complete in the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon in May.
“Clear skies and cool temperatures made for great conditions and fast racing yesterday, resulting in several age category course records with many runners achieving their personal best times for the distance as well,” said Race Director, Ian Milne. “I would like to thank all our sponsors and of course our 60 volunteers who helped make the event a success. Our objective was to deliver a safe, enjoyable, well organized event and I believe we achieved that. Congratulations to both Lucy and Craig, proving that age and treachery can overcome youth and enthusiasm!”
There were seven age-category course records set: W20-24 by Alison Hooper (36:30), M50-54 by Vince Brotherston (35:13), W55-59 by Donna Morrissey (43:53); M55-59 by Garth Campbell (37:08); W65-69 by Roslyn Smith (46:17); (W70-74) by Jill Davies (56:01) and M70-74 by Frank Towler (44:07);
In the club standings the Prairie Inn Harriers lead with 1071 points followed by Bastion Running Club with 593 and Comox Valley Road Runners with 533.
Full race day results are available on: http://racedaytiming.ca/results/CobbleHill2014
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. The next race is Cedar 12K on February 9, followed by Hatley Castle 8K on February 23, Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on March 9, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 23, Merville 15K on April 6, and Sooke River 10K on April 13. 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.