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Midsummer 8K report

Results for the Midsummer 8K have been posted.

Graeme Wilson of Vancouver was first overall in a time of 25:52, just seven seconds off the course record. In second spot Merritt's Hans Aabye continued his perfect age category sweep finishing in 27:45. Last year's winner, Greg Johnson of Vernon was close behind in third spot with a 27:54 personal best for the course.

Vancouver runners took the top seven spots in the women's division with Meagan McCollum finishing first in 30:12, bettering her 2005 winning time by four seconds. Master Rita Ivanauskas placed second in 31:16 while Laura De Munain took third in 32:03.

Graeme Wilson (M35-39) took top spot in the age-graded men's category as well, with an a-g time of 25:42. John Lopes of Kelowna (M55-59) scored second in this division in 26:03. Salmon Arm's Roy Dagneau (M70-74), (who ran this race at a 7:17 pace!) claimed third with an a-g time only one second behind second place. After nine races, Roy leads the men's age-graded series scoring by a slim eleven point margin over Hans Aabye with Greg Johnson third.

In the women's division Rita Ivanauskas (F40-45), a-g time of 28:55 bested Meagan McCollum's (F20-29) overall winning time of 30:12. Astrid Varga of Westbank (F55-59) took third spot with a time of 30:54 Series scoring, after nine races in this division, has Lynda Proce first, Donna Mazurkewich second and Joanne Montgomery third.

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The nine race age category men's and nine race age category women's scoring, as well as the nine race age-graded men's and nine race age-graded women's scoring have been updated. Runners who have run more than seven races have had their lowest scoring races discarded. Please check your scoring.

Lorne White, Kelowna Daily Courier has once again photographed this race. The photos can be viewed at www.kelownadailycourier.ca. Click on Photo Archives ... Champions Sports Gallery ... July album ... and finally Midsummer 8K album. Pictures of this race, and the other series races as well, are also available at Dirk Handke's web site.

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