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Louise Hodgson-Jones / Photos by Edward Chutter

vira logoVictoria - The first race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – the Harriers Pioneer 8K – took place yesterday, Sunday, January 8 in perfect race conditions.

The race started and finished at Saanich Fairgrounds, and was hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers (PIH). It was also the first race in the Timex BC Road Running Series.

It was a one-two-three finish for Prairie Inn Harriers athletes with Steve Osaduik winning in 24:46. Jim Finlayson came second in 25:03 (also winning the Masters category) and Dylan Gant third in 25:10. Lucy Smith (PIH) dominated the women's field finishing in 28:30, also making her the top Women's Master. Marilyn Arsenault (Mindful Strides Original/Saucony) proved she was back on the competitive scene, coming second in 28:59. Third was Care Wakely (Frontrunners Athletic Club) in 29:25.

"It was a perfect start to the Island Series today," said Cathy Noel, President of the Vancouver Island Runners' Association (VIRA). "We had over 600 pre-register for the race and we had 629 finishers. We also have 315 pre-registered for all eight races in the series, which shows we will have some great competition and challenges from Island runners."


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Pioneer 8km -  Start

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Pioneer 8km - Lucy Smith

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Pioneer 8km - Steve Osaduik


The Frontrunners Green Jersey for the fastest male sprinter over the last 100-metres was won by Chris Callendar in the under 40 category (12.72) and Ian Hallam in the over 40 category (16.36). Sarah Daitch won the female under 40 in 17.05 and Susie Hallam the over 40 in 18.68.

The Prairie Inn Harriers, Victoria lead the club standings with 897 points, followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 282 and Frontrunners Athletic Club with 252. Full gun time results are on http://pih.bc.ca/results/Series.php?race=186, and timing splits are available on http://www.racedaytiming.ca/pioneer8k2012.html.

Eight races make up the Frontrunners Island Race Series. The Harriers Pioneer 8K will be followed by Cobble Hill 10K on January 22, Cedar 12K on February 5, Hatley Castle 8K on February 19, Synergy Health Management Ltd Bazan Bay 5K on March 4, 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.bc.ca and historical results from races dating back to 1980 are available at www.pih.bc.ca.

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