2011 Lakeside 5K
The best weather conditions in years greeted racers for the second race of the season, the Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K on March 6. Jeff Symonds (M20-29) and Keddi-Anne Sherbino (F20-29) again showed their early season form by winning easily for the second race in a row.
For Jeff, it was his third win in a row at this race, and he led all the way and won easily even though he had been told to save something for his afternoon cycling workout, as he prepares for the triathlon season. His time of 16:47 was 50 seconds faster than another local triathlete, David Matheson (M40-44), who celebrated his first race as a master by taking second in 17:37. James Young (M35-39) of Kelowna took third in 17:46, while another local runner, Sergio Pio (M45-49) was fourth in 18:06.
Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) also showed off her early season form by just failing to catch Randy Werger (M50-54) for the top over-50 performance,, running 19:25 to Werger's 19:23 and taking second. Her sister Laurelee Welder (F55-59) was a distant third in 20:55.
In the age-graded results, Symonds fell to fifth, as Kelowna's John Wickenheiser (M55-59) took his first victory in 16:21 after a fourteenth overall placing. Last year's trophy winner Pio took second in 16:28 and Leo Rankin (M60-64) from Williams Lake justified the long trip by finishing third in 16:36.
On the women's side, Rhodes and Welder, who finished one-two overall for the trophy last year, continued that pace, Rhodes in 16:21, an excellent performance which tied that of Wickenheiser for first overall, and Welder in 16:56. I don't believe it has ever happened before that a woman has been first overall on age grading. Liz Borrett (F70-74) of Kelowna showed she will be a contender this year by scoring 17:09, relegating Sherbino to fourth.
With the absence of Steve King at the World Master's Ski Event in Vernon, Dave Bullock did an admirable job of announcing, while the beautiful day resulted in a massive day of race sign-up list. Overall attendance was about the same as last year. The IRA does ask that everyone please use the on-line sign up system at no additional cost, as this saves time for the data entry crew.
Thanks to Race Directors Paul Smith and Lisa McCrae and their crew of volunteers for an excellent event, and thanks to Timex for the watches. The next event will also be part of the Timex Series, the Spring Run Off in Kamloops on March 20. Please sign up using the link on the home page.