Rick's race report, Lakeside 5K
After last year's cold blustery day, the weather was much kinder this year for the Lakeside 5K - mild, partly sunny, and only a light lake breeze. The lovely conditions made for fast times for the second race in a row. Jeff Symonds repeated last year's victory, leading all the way and finishing only one second off the race record in 15:18 as he took his second victory of the year. Nathan Champness of Vernon chased hard and finished second in what I believe was a PB 16:36, followed by Glenn Lear of Kelowna who took third in 17:24. Sergio Pio was first master in an impressive 17:30, while 58 year old Bruce Wark took 8th overall and first on Age Grading at 18:37, which equates to 15:14. I didn't mind losing to that performance!
For the women, Vernon's sixteen year old Sarah Bailey won her first race (19:21) after a second in the Starting Block 10K, continuing the tradition of juniors from Vernon winning the race, which began with Vanessa Tilson in 2007, and continued when Chantelle Deacon became the youngest-ever winner of an IRA race at 15 years, 4 months in 2008. Last year's winner Adrienne Stedford of Penticton was second in 20:38. Third spot (20:54) went to, Mandy Sellars of Kamloops. Laurelee Welder continued her fine running, finishing 4th in 20:56 and taking the womens AG title with 17:10.
The previous day, the World Masters Games in Kamloops held a half marathon, in which Cindy Rhodes finished second overall, and won W50-54 with a time of 1:27:53.3. Shirley Gray won W65-69 at 1:51:41.0, repeating her victory from the 8K cross country race. Congratulations to our World Champions. Some other local half finishers were Phil Sigalet, 3rd M45-49, 1:22.03, Perry Grunenberg, 5th M50-54, 1:25:57, Dale Forner, 7th M45-49 1:32:39, and Marianne McLeod, 5th W40-44 (13th overall) 1:41:44 and Lewis Butcher, first in the M75-79, 2:19:44. Belated congrats as well to Lewis (aka Bruce) for his age category first place finish in Monday's 8K cross country.
The next race of the series is the Kamloops Spring Run-off (also a Timex series race) on March 21. See you there.
Rick Jenkner reporting.