by Louise Hodgson-Jones
March 3, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – The fourth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Hatley Castle 8K – took place yesterday. The race – re-scheduled from its original date of February 23 – was hosted by Frontrunners Athletic Club. There were 312 finishers.
Prairie Inn Harrier Thomas Holm won in 27:23 closely followed by fellow Harrier Shane Ruljancich in 27:59. Third was Andrew Russell (B78/Saucony) in 28:06. The women’s race was won by Claire Morgan (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 30:45. Second was Jill Ramstead (Ceevacs Running Club) in 32:23 and third was Nancy Baxendale (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 33:58. Baxendale was the top female Master and Shay Averbuch the top male Master. Averbuch from Mercury Rising Triathlon finished in 29:18.
“We would like to thank Royal Roads for enabling us to re-schedule the Hatley 8K yesterday,” said Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association. “Over 300 participants braved the rain and attacked the hills that this race is well known for. The next race, Bazan Bay, is next weekend and will be flat and fast.”
In the club standings the Prairie Inn Harriers lead with 1946 points followed Comox Valley Road Runners with 1111 and Bastion Running Club with 1055.
Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. Hatley Castle 8K is followed by 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.