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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 21:30

On Sunday, August 20th the Run the Rock Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 8k took place on Texada Island. All three events are challenging and showcase the rugged beauty of Texada Island. Proceeds from the events go towards cancer support for island residents.

The first event of the day was the marathon. The marathon begins at Shelter Point campground, and loops out to Van Anda, before returning back to Gillies Bay and finally finishing back at Shelter Point. The route includes both significant climbs and descents, and there are very few flat sections in the entire race. However, local volunteers had a strong presence that made for a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere. The winner of the marathon was Comox Valley Road Runner Brad Crowe, finishing in a new course record time of 2 hours and 56 minutes. He was followed by previous race winner and fellow CVRR member Keith Wakelin, who finished in a time of 3 hours and 19 minutes. In fourth place overall, and setting a new women’s course record was Mary Bridges, yet another member of CVRR. Her record setting time was 3:39. Second woman overall was Janet Green, also of CVRR, in 4:30.

Next came the 8k and Half Marathon. The Half Marathon starts at Van Anda and follows the second half of the marathon course back to Shelter Point. Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) was the first CVRR member to finish the Half Marathon, placing second overall in a time of 1:26. He was followed immediately by Danny (Donny) Keyes (Comox Valley RV), 3rd overall in 1:27:00. Hot on his heels was Mike Bridges with a time of 1:27:25 and a 4th place finish. Rounding out the top 5 was yet another CVRR member, Roger Plamondon who was close behind and finished in a time of 1:28. Roslyn Smith also ran well, finishing as the fourth female overall in a time of 1:45. Aaron Amar showed his grit by battling through a tough day and finishing in 1:47.

The 8k course starts at the Texada airport and follows along the bay to finish at Shelter Point. Kindle Parsons was the first CVRR member to finish, finishing as the second female and 4th overall with a time of 39:48. She was followed by mother and daughter Arielle and Lynda Agar, who placed third and fourth female with respective times of 41:48 and 43:32.

The next local event is the 10th Annual Perseverance Trail Run, sponsored by Extreme Runners and ELM. The event takes place on October 26th, 2014 and includes a 10k mountain run and a 3k trail run. More information for this event can be found at Extreme Runners or online. Be sure to sign up early as this event sells out quickly. Proceeds of the Perseverance Trail Run go to the Cumberland Forest Society.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 21:16

Jacquelyn Janzen is running from Oyster River to Union Bay on Sunday, August 10. If you wish to support her you can join her on the run and/or contribute to Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus.  
http://www.embracetherace2014.com/
 
Join me on this adventure from 
Port Hardy to Victoria
Raising money for Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus
12 marathons in 17 days
. . .taking it one step at a time.
 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 21:58

The Canadian National Duathlon Championships took place on Sunday July 13th in Toronto as part of the Toronto Triathlon Festival. The festival included close to 2600 athletes in the various events, and was staged in preparation for the 2015 Pan American Games.

The duathlon is a unique event that consists of two running legs, with a biking leg in the middle. The national championships started with a run of 10km, followed by a bike of 40km, and finished with a run of 5km. This unique course centred around Ontario Place at the lakeshore, and circled around many of the main roads of downtown Toronto which were closed specially for the festival.

The race was delayed by torrential downpours, but racers were undeterred once the race started. Local duathlete Derek Richmond placed 2nd in his category with a time of 2 hours and 26 minutes. As impressive as this performance is, it is all the more so because Richmond has just come back from 18 months of injury recovery. This result earned Richmond a place on the Canadian National Team for the 2015 World Duathlon Championships, which will take place in Adelaide, Australia. Richmond says, “It’s a sweet comeback. This is definitely an event in which to consider participating!”

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 07:06

The always popular Kusam Klimb took place on Saturday June 21st in Sayward. This is an extreme 23 kilometre trail race with the motto “Are you tough enough?” It starts with a devastating 5km kilometre climb up Mount H’Kusam for a vertical gain of nearly a mile. Then there is a mix of single track and double track for the remaining 18k descent back to Sayward for the finish.

The overall winner this year was Nick Elson, who finished in a new course record time of 2 hours and 9 minutes. The first local finisher was James Powsey, who finished 5th overall and won his age category with a time of 2:30. Hot on his heels was local young gun Peter Gledhill, who also won his category with a time of 2:34. Kelsey Knoll also had an excellent race, finishing as the third woman overall and winning her age category as well with a time of 3:06.

Close behind was Sarah Seads (ELM), who finished as the 5th woman overall and second in her age category in 3:09. Next were Carl Tessman and Todd Gallagher, who both had great races and finished with times of 3:10 and 3:12 respectively. Mary Bridges also had an excellent race as she returns from ultra trail racing, finishing as the 15th woman with a time of 3:31.

Ken Rodonets had a strong showing with a time of 4:17. Debbie Wright finished in a time of 4:35 and Glen Christensen raced well to finish in 4:47. Louis Nadeau also had a great race, beating the 5 hour mark for this grueling event. He was followed by Joanne Stanger, Bruce Johnstone, and Wink Richardson with times of 5:03, 5:07, and 5:09. Gail Martindale also had a great day, finishing with a time of 5:18.

The Kusam Klimb was followed by the Vancouver Scotiabank Half Marathon on Sunday June 22nd. This beautiful and challenging course follows the water around the University of British Columbia, past Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach, and finishes at Stanley Park.

Neil Holm had an excellent race, finishing 17th overall and winning his age category in a time of 1:14.

Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) also ran extremely well, finishing in 1:24 and placing 2nd in his age group. Danny Keyes showed that he is recovering well from the marathon, holding on for a strong finish of 1:29.

Roz Smith continued her dominance with yet another age group win, finishing in a time of 1:41. Darrell Fisher also raced well, breaking the 2 hour mark for the Half Marathon distance.

Congratulations to all of the racers. As there are too many finishers to list them all here, please see full results online. Be sure to check out the 45th Annual Nautical Days 4 Miler on August 4th. Registration is between 8 and 8:45am at Town Hall in Comox. The race begins at 9am sharp. For more information visit cvrr.ca.

Monday, July 7, 2014 - 21:07

The arrival of sunny weather marks the beginning of the busy racing season for the Comox Valley Road Runners. The Road Runners have been heating it up and representing the region well in a wide variety of events.

Les Disher had an exceptional performance in the Run for Water Marathon in Abbotsford on Sunday, May 25th. Not only did he complete his long-time goal of running a sub 3 hour marathon, but he also placed 9th overall in the race, winning his age group in the process. His age-graded result of 89% also placed him as a national class athlete in his age group.

The Goddess Run took place on June 1st, and the Valley was well represented by many local goddesses. Diana Olsen and Korky Richardson, among other, completed the Half Marathon, while Lyn Baker and Kindle parsons both completed the 10km race.

The second race of the Gutbuster Series took place at Mt. Tzouhalem on June 7th. Kevin Park, Kathy Rung, and Rick Martinson all raced extremely well in the long course, and Chris Robinson had a strong race in the short course.

Also on the 7th, the Q Track Series in Victoria had a 5,000m and 10,000m race. Vince Brotherston raced extremely well and was close to beating the previous BC record for his age group. Derek Vinge competed in the 5000m and was in good form.

Yet another race on the same date was the Calgary Marathon where Sonja Leach crushed the competition, winning her age group and beating the next competitor in her age group by nearly an hour.

The Edge to Edge Marathon and Half Marathon took place on June 8th. Wayne Crowe held on to his title, once again winning the Half Marathon outright. Several local teams also took part in the Marathon Relay, with the Comox Valley Divas, consisting of Roslyn Smith, Sharon Fisher, Alison Walker, and Melissa O’Brien, placing third overall.

Meanwhile, the MEC Victoria 10k and Half Marathon also took place on June 8th. Mike Bridges ran extremely well to place second overall in the Half Marathon, and Hans Gane had a great race in the 10km race.

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 07:27

The BMO Vancouver Marathon took place on Sunday May 4th. The event also included a Half Marathon and an 8k event. It was a wet and dreary day, but the runners spirits were undampened. Close to 4000 runners braved the weather to test themselves on the beautiful marathon course. Starting in Queen Elizabeth Park, it wound its way up to UBC and then circled down past Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach. It then crossed the Burrard Street Bridge and circled around Stanley Park, finally finishing up close to downtown.

In the marathon, Brad Crowe led the Comox Valley Road Runners with a time of 2 hours 46 minutes. This was good enough for a 28th place finish, and was also a personal best. He was followed by Derek Brenchley, who had a great run and finished with a time of 3:31. Melissa Dekker also had a strong finish in her first marathon, finishing in a time of 3:32. She was followed closely by Marion Bryan, who had a great run and finished in 3:34. Jaime Moffat had an excellent first marathon and finished with a time of 4:16.

There were two outstanding marathon performances by local athletes. First was Roz Smith, who finished the marathon in 3:40. This was not only a record for the course, but is in fact a Canadian Record. The previous record holder in this category was Diane Palmason, another exceptional runner from the Comox Valley. The second amazing finish for the day was Janet Green, who finished in a time of 4:00. This was not only her fourth marathon in four weeks, but it also marked her 300th marathon.

The largest event of the day was the Half Marathon, with nearly 8000 runners participating. The first local to finish in the Half Marathon was Jack Campbell, with a time of 1:52. Only seconds behind was Graham Garner, who also finished with a 1:52. Next were husband and wife Darrell and Sharon Fisher, who both finished with a time of 1:53. Sandra Rowland also had a great run, finishing in a time of 2:03 and followed closely by Kim Campbell with a time of 2:04.

There were many other excellent performances by local athletes, with too many finishers to list here. Please visit bmovanmarathon.ca to see the full results. Congratulations to all who participated.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 06:50

Three Comox Valley Road Runners were greeted with perfect weather for the recent Big Sur International Marathon in Monterey California. They needed it as they tackled what has been described as one of the toughest marathons in the world. Ten thousand runners arrived from around the globe to challenge themselves in one of several events held that weekend. Our local runners joined four thousand other athletes in the marathon, which is aptly described as "running on the ragged edge of the western world." The scenic course travels along highway 1, which is closed to traffic, as it snakes along the rocky, and hilly California coastline from Big Sur to Carmel. The route includes the infamous, gut wrenching, two mile climb to Hurricane Ridge along with numerous along hills along the way. It is not the lung searing, calf aching climbs that are the real challenge though. It is the repetitive thigh burning descents on the other side that take their toll as the race progresses, leaving the runners hanging on as they wind their way to the finish 42.2 Km away.

CVRR was lead by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who finished second in the Men's 55-59 division, and 25th overall, in a time of 3:03:55. He was followed by fast improving Danny Keyes (Comox Valley RV) with another stellar performance, finishing third in the Men's 50-54 age group, 35th overall, in a time of 3:09:25 and setting a personal best on this very challenging course. CVRR member Roger Plamondon  rounded out the impressive podium finishes for the club with a fourth place finish in the Men's 50-54 age group and an amazing 89th out of the four thousand runners, in a time of 3:19:01.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 18:54

The Comox Valley Road Runners hosted the 2014 version of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 24. This is the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series.

Local runner Derek Vinge from the Comox Valley Road Runners won in blistering time of 1:11:59. Second was Thomas Holme (Prairie Inn Harriers) in 1:13:43 and third was Nicholas Walker (Frontrunners Athletic Club) in 1:13:55. Top female was Claire Morgan (Prairie Inn Harriers) finishing in 1:19:52, second was Kristen Smart (Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club) in 1:23:41 and third was Christy Lovig in 1:24:08.

Top Master was another local dynamo Vince Brotherston (Comox Valley Road Runners) who set a M5054 age group record of 1:16:39 and top female Master was Wendy Simms (Bastion Running Club) in 1:28:27.

"It was a very successful day with perfect conditions for racing for the 476 finishers. There were many personal bests as well as the six age group course records," said Race Director, Wayne Crowe. Three of the course records were set by Comox Valley Road Runners. In addition to Brotherston, the fast improving Les Disher set a new record in the M6064 age group of 1:24:44 and Roslyn Smith continued to dominate her competition and set yet another course record by running 1:39:26 in the W6569 age group.

There were many other great performances in the event. Forty two CVRR members were cheered on by enthusiastic fans along the scenic course. Clay Ward was the third CVRR member across the line, finishing in 1:22:18 for 3rd in M2529. He was followed closely by Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who placed 2nd in M5559 in 1:23:07. Danny Keyes had a breakthrough race, knocking more than four minutes off of his personal best to finish in a blistering 1:25:10, 3rd M5054. He dueled along the race with fellow club members Roger Plamondon, 1:25:47, Brian Stewart, 1:25:53 and Keith Wakelin, 1:26:00. Ken Richardson also had a strong race finishing in 1:37:54 to place 2nd in M7074. David Hysert finished 3rd in that age group in 1:50:07. On the women's side, coach Kathy Rung was the first local finisher in a time of 1:35:49 which placed her 6th in the very competitive F3539 division. Hot on her heels was Marion Bryan who was 7th in that division in 1:37:02. Other medal winners included Angela Plamondon 3rd F4549 and Janet Green, 3rd F6064. A special shout out goes to Lyn Baker who completed her first Half Marathon with a smile on her face. There were many other great results. For the full results go to http://racedaytiming.ca/results/ComoxHalf2014

The Comox Valley Road Runners wish to thank all of the sponsors who helped make this event a huge success. They also wish to thank the community for sharing their neighbourhoods and roads with the 476 runners from Vancouver Island that we welcomed to the event. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 15:05

Come join the crowd going to the Sooke 10km - the final race of the Island Series.

Car Pool Schedule:

Where: Safeway gas station parking area near Starbucks at the corner of Cliffe Ave. and 17th.
When: Please arrive 5-10 minutes early - cars will leave promptly!

Apr 13 (Sooke 10k): 7:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 21:50

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