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Oliver 10K race report

A near-record 229 runners contested the Oliver "Wine Capital of Canada" 10K under cloudy skies with a brisk north wind on April 11. Scott Tremblay(M35-39) ran away with the race, winning for the second time in the last three years in 35:03, but he couldn't beat Ellis Andrews (M65-69) on age-grading. The 2008 winner of the Greenaway Trophy ran his first race of the year, finishing 17th overall, and easily winning M65-69 with a time of 42:03, to take the A-G championship in 32:20.

On the women's side, Cindy Rhodes celebrated her recent 53rd birthday by winning the race by over two minutes from Amelia Vos (F20-29) in an impressive 41:03, taking over a minute off her time at the SRO three weeks ago. Laurelee Welder (F55-59) was third in 44:15, and the sisters took the first two places on A-G, with Cindy first in 34:34 and Laurelee second in 36:18. Seventy-four year old Eleanor Draper, a visitor from England, broke one hour to to win her division and take third on A-G.

Nineteen year old Jonathan Behnke of Kamloops improved his fourth place finish at the SRO by sprinting past Sergio Pio on the playing field to take second overall (36:47). Sergio held on for third to take his second consecutive podium finish, and his 36:54 time was good for second on A-G. Race winner Tremblay took third A-G.

Roy Dagneau ran 52:42 to beat Guenter Naumann by 20 seconds in M75-79, but the older Naumann edged ahead on A-G where the two finished ninth and tenth.

For those keeping track of the records, the first two finishers in the Starting Block 10K, Jeff Symonds, and Aaron Heidt, are the only two runners in B.C. to break 33 minutes so far this year.

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