Summerland Centennial Half
My thanks to all the participants and volunteers who helped make the 2009 Summerland Half a success. 102 runners took on the challenging course in spite of the above average temperatures, which ranged from 26C at the start to 29C by eleven o'clock. The race was run in the opposite direction from the previous three years and 2009 also saw the race re-scheduled from its former February date.
Vernon runners claimed the top three spots overall with Trevor Jordan (M40-44) finishing first in 1:16:54. Aaron Heidt (M30-34) was second in 1:17:24 and Nathan Champness (M20-29) ran third in 1:20:51.
In the women's division Kelowna's Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) took first overall and bettered her February 2008 time by one second finishing in 1:33:09. Lisa Heidt (F30-34), of Vernon, placed second in 1:35:17 followed by Stacey Cleveland (F30-34) of Penticton.
In the women's age-graded division Cindy Rhodes made it six of six in the category this year finishing first with an age-graded time of 1:17:58. Joanne Montgomery (F55-59) of Penticton, was second in 1:32:59, and Astrid Varga (F55-59) of West Kelowna, took third in 1:33:07.
The top four men overall were also the top four in the men's age-graded division with Trevor Jordon on top in both divisions with an a-g time of 1:12:08. Rory Switzer (M45-49) of Kelowna, moved up from fourth overall to second age-graded with a time of 1:16:54. Aaron Heidt claimed third in 1:17:17.