Oliver 10K race report
While this reporter took holidays in Europe, the IRA did not take a break! Despite being held the same weekend as the Vancouver Sun Run and the Boston marathon, the Oliver race drew 159 finishers, with Kelowna's John Machuga (M30-34) making it three wins in three starts in a time of 34:08. Justin Birks of Penticton (M30-34) took second in 35:55, with Hans Aabye (M35-39) of Merritt taking third in 36:14.
For the women, Stacey Cleveland of Penticton captured her first IRA victory in an impressive 38:36, with Vernon's Sarah Clark (F40-44) taking second in 40:23 and Barbara Brych of Nelson third in 41:18.
On age grading, Liz Borrett (F70-74) captured her third win in three races run, in a time of 34:10, with Laurelee Nelson (F55-59) second in 35:04, and Diane Leonard (F65-69) third in 36:24, making it a sweep for Kelowna runners. For the men, Bruce Wark of Merritt (M60-64), who finished tenth overall in 39:24, took the victory in an impressive time of 31:41. Former winner of the Greenaway Cup, Sergio Pio (M45-49) of Penticton took second in 33:06, relegating Machuga to third in 33:44.
Thanks to Tracy Harrington and the volunteers for the event organization.
Our European correspondent sends this report from Mallorca, Spain, where Vernon athlete Ginny Sellars celebrated her 40th year with her first ultrarun, the Tramuntana Mallorca, a 60km mountain run from Valldemossa to Pollenca. In a close race with two local runners, Ginny held the lead for many kilometres, and eventually finished second in 8:19:46, just over two minutes behind, smiling, and running smoothly. She later said that she was faster on the flats, but that the locals excelled on the technical downhill sections, where there were no defined trails and much rock hopping; obviously benefitting from training on the course. Congratulations, Ginny!!