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Gabe won the 3 km Tri -K, Perseverance 3 km trail run last year and this year came first in the 5 Km Run Clinic in March.  His coach describes Gabe as having a strong work ethic and commitment to training exceeding other youth of his age.  Gabe is 12 yrs. of age in his 2nd year with the Comox Valley Cougars.   

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 18:02

(Victoria, BC – April 13, 2015) The seventh race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series – Merville 15K – took place yesterday. Hosted by the River Runners, there were 275 finishers, and two new age category awards.

Comox Valley Road Runner Derek Vinge won in 50:08, second was Nick Walker (Frontrunners Athletic Club) in 50:30, and third was local runner Mark Cryderman in 51:31. Cryderman was also the top Master.

Vinge, who won Cobble Hill 10K, was very pleased considering he hardly ran in February due to moving his business, Fit Chiropractic and Sport Therapy. "The clinic has been running smoothly and my training and fitness are back," he said. "My main goal for this race was to stay close to Nick Walker - he is an efficient runner with years of competitive experience. I was trailing him at the 9km mark and realized I needed to hammer the next kilometre to put some space between us before his legendary sprint at the finish. And heck, it worked and I held him off for the last 5km."

The women’s race was won by Victoria’s Sonja Futehally in 58:55, second was Sarah Mae Adam (Sooke Trail and Road Runners) in 1:01:27, and third and top female Master was Campbell River Runner Sandra Jensen in 1:03:02.

The conditions for racing were perfect yesterday: "It was great racing weather – cool and dry," said Race Director, Linda Nagle. "It was great to see local runners Mark Cryderman and Sandra Jensen both coming third and being the top Masters. We also had two age class records set – Sydney Boyle in the girls 1-15 finishing in 1:18:39, and Roslyn Smith in the female 65-69, breaking her own course record in 1:08:58." Nagle particularly thanked the runners who adhered to the new parking arrangements, because of the construction.

Full results are on: http://racedaytiming.ca/vira/2015. In the club standings the Prairie Inn Harriers lead with 3122 points followed by Comox Valley Road Runners with 2285, and Bastion Running Club with 1481. With just one race to go – Sooke 10K on April 19 – the individual title is wide open – Craig Odermatt leads with 825 points, followed by Derek Vinge with 823, and the 2014 overall winner, Claire Morgan with 816 points.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 20:28

A reminder that the Youth Run4FUN program begins, Wed. Apr. 15th & there are still some spaces available for kids between 8 & 14 yrs. of age.
 
Please spread the word to friends & family.
 
FMI, please contact Mary Ann at mar08@hotmail.ca 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 12:43

The warm temps. and blue skies have enticed runners to shed their long sleeve T's & running pants which makes it the perfect time to stock up on CVRR warm weather running wear!!  Plus, the Spring race season has just begun & many CVRR members are gearing up to compete in upcoming races, both locally as well as across the border! Yet another great reason to proudly display light weight CVRR gear!!

Still available for purchase are Ball Caps, Singlets, T's., Shorts, Arm Warmers & even a couple of Jackets.
 
I plan to be at track Tuesdays as well as Thurs. trails, so please contact me (Mary Ann) at mar08@hotmail.ca if you'd like me to set aside anything in particular. Act quickly however as sizes are limited!! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 12:42

The Comox Valley Road Runners hosted almost 500 runners for the annual Comox Valley RV Half Marathon held on Sunday, March 22. This was the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series and is part of the Timex BC Road Running Series.

This year the race presented challenging conditions. Mental toughness was a neccessity as the racers were met with some brisk headwinds on the rolling countryside course. The overall winner of the race was Craig Odermatt of Victoria in 1:12:04. Local favorite and defending champion Derek Vinge was fifth overall in 1:14:59.The women's winner was Claire Morgan, also of Victoria in 1:22:53.

CVRR was well represented with 35 club members taking place in the race. Following closely on Vinge's heels was Neil Holm in 115:57, 2nd  M4549. Vince Brotherston was next, winning M5055 in 1:19:27. Next came Mike Bridges with another excellent performance and a PR of 1:23:36, 4th M4044. Clay Ward had a great run, finishing in 1:24:23, 5thM3034 and topped it off by running the fastest 100 meter sprint finish of all competitors in the race. Race Director Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) also had a great race as he set a new course record winning M6064 in 1:24:32. Danny Keyes M5559 just squeeked by Les Disher M6064, both finishing second in their age groups. Janet Green F6064 also finished second in her age group in 1:51:16. Other great results included CVRR club president Roz Smith breaking her own record and  1st F6569 in 1:39:06. PRs

were also set by Kevin Park, 1:25:48, Will Scott 1:28:35, Jeff Stickler 1:43:12, Deanna Donovan 1:43:03 and Kindle Parsons 1:50:24. Art Beck celebrated his birthday by running the Half Marathon in  2:10:53, 4th M7075.

For full results go to : http://racedaytiming.ca/vira/2015.

Race Director Wayne Crowe wishes to thank the many volunteers and local businesses who helped make this event a huge success again this year. He also expressed thanks to the residents along the race route who graciously shared their neighbourhood with the racers during the event. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015 - 15:12
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 11:52

The Comox Valley Road Runners were well represented among the 2000 runners competing in the 26th annual First Half Marathon held February 15, in Vancouver. The race served as the BC 
Road Running Half Marathon 2015 Championships and was part of the BC Road Running Series presented by Timex. Runners were rewarded with perfect conditions on a scenic route that 
included a circuit of Stanley Park Seawall in the morning sunshine. The race attracted a star studded field including Olympian Dylan Wykes who was the overall winner in an excellent time of 
1:07:20. The women's first place finisher was Dayna Pihoresky in a time of 1:16:09.

CVRR had a number of podium finishes in this very competitive field. Derek Vinge strutted his stuff with the best in the province and finished in 10th place overall and an impressive  
second place in the M3034 age group in a personal best time of 1:12:25. Next was speedy master Vince Brotherston who finished second in M5054 in a time of 1:16:37. 
Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) showed he is coming back to form, finishing 3rd in M5559 in a time of 1:25:56. He was closely followed by Roger Plamondon, who missed 
out on 3rd in M5054 by only 2 seconds in a time of 1:26:13. Danny Keyes ran a great race as well, finishing 8th in M5054 in a time of 1:28:44. Rounding out the CVRR team was 
mega marathoner Janet Green who stopped off to run the First Half on her way to Tokyo, to run the last of the six World Major Marathons that she has to complete. She finished 3rd in F6064 in a time of 1:50:45.
The next major event for our local Road Runners is the Comox Valley Race Weekend. There will be a 5 Km Fun Run, that is open to everyone, on March 21, to celebrate the 
graduation of the CVRR 5 Km Running Clinic. That evening will be the Race Weekend Banquet at the Best Western Coast Westerly, featuring renowned mountaineer, runner and 
author Lindsay Elms as speaker and musical entertainment by the fabulous Tammy Fassaert, accompanied by fellow musician Blaine Dunaway. This entertaining banquet is open to 
the public and tickets can be purchased online at  www.cvrr.ca/cv-half-marathon/ banquet or at Extreme Runners. To top the weekend off, Sunday, March 22 will be the Comox Valley RV
Half Marathon, where our local runners will be tested by over 500 runners from around the province in the premier race of the Vancouver Island Race Series. 
 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 22:08

With some lead runners taking the weekend off and some saving their efforts for the big race next weekend, the Comox Valley Road Runners team of 22 runners placed first as a club at the Cedar road race. Number three in the Island Series of eight races, with a 12 kilometre up and down distance, the Cedar course challenges the best of runners. CVRR pulled ahead of their arch rivals, the Prairie Inn Harriers of Saanich to gain some ground on the much larger club’s strangle hold on first place in the series. Leading the charge were two first place finishes; Roger Plamondon (M55-59) and Ken Richardson (M70-74). Rounding out the medals were Wayne Crowe with his third silver in three races, and an increasingly competitive Sheila Van Gesbergen with a bronze. A notable performance by Kevin Park (M30-34) earned him the fastest RoadRunner title for the weekend and 28th overall in a field of 382 competitors. Sam Knowles is letting them know he is back after a 5 year hiatus, posting a very respectable 1:08:15 for a seventh place in his age category (M65-69). The Road Runners are back in action next weekend at the classy Royal Roads/Hatley Castle 8k.

OA

Group

Name

Time

Pace

KM

28

4/15

M3034

Kevin Park

47:44:00

3:59

31

1/20

M5559

Roger Plamondon

48:14:00

4:01

33

2/20

M6064

Wayne Crowe

48:35:00

4:03

37

6/28

M4044

Mike Bridges

48:53:00

4:04

40

5/15

M3034

Wille Scott

49:21:00

4:07

46

4/20

M5559

Danny Keyes

49:37:00

4:08

68

4/29

F4044

Kathy Rung

52:31:00

4:23

74

6/22

M5054

Jon Faris

52:42:00

4:24

83

5/29

F4044

Marion Bryan

54:06:00

4:31

112

1/12

M7074

Ken Richardson

57:08:00

4:46

114

5/20

M6064

Gordon Harris

57:21:00

4:47

116

5/24

F5054

Angela Plamondon

57:42:00

4:49

118

5/15

F4549

Deanna Donovan

57:46:00

4:49

193

7/20

F3539

Rubina Macdonald

1:03:05

5:15

202

8/29

F4044

Kindle Parsons

1:03:43

5:19

238

17/32

F3034

Genevieve Higgs

1:06:19

5:32

251

8/8

M1619

Christian Porten

1:07:54

5:40

253

7/11

M6569

Sam Knowles

1:08:15

5:41

263

16/28

F5559

Lynda Agar

1:09:23

5:47

282

3/8

F6569

Sheila Van Gisbergen

1:11:23

5:57

337

20/28

F5559

Cindy Blackmore

1:19:05

6:35

339

11/12

M7074

Tom Munro

1:19:25

6:37

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 21:54

Twenty four Comox Valley runners competed with 480 others in the second of the Island Series races at Cobble Hill last Sunday (Jan 25th). The weather was cloudy, damp and about 10 degrees, in other words a perfect day for a fast 10 km  run. And run fast they did. First place overall, and first place in his very competitive age group (30-34) was claimed by the CVRR’s very own Derek Vinge, with an awesome time of 32:46. First place finishes in their respective age groups were also accomplished by Vince Brotherston (50-54), Roger Plamondon (55-59), Roslyn Smith (65-69) and Ken Richardson (70-74). Placing a very close second in his age group (60-64) was Wayne Crowe. Danny Keyes completed  the medals for the day with a third place finish in the 55-59 age group. Just out of the medals, but with great times, were 4th place finishes by Les Disher (60-69) and Marion Bryan (40-44) and a 5th place finish by a very delighted Sheila Van Gisbergen.

 

Overall

Group

Name

Time

 

1/23

M3034

Derek Vinge

32:46:00

13

1/34

M5054

Vince Brotherston

35:27:00

43

1/26

M5559

Roger Plamondon

39:00:00

46

8/34

M3034

Kevin Park

39:13:00

49

2/22

M6064

Wayne Crowe

39:20:00

63

3/26

M5559

Danny Keyes

40:02:00

66

4/22

M6064

Les Disher

40:15:00

86

12/29

M4044

Mike Bridges

41:40:00

108

11/34

M5054

Jon Faris

43:29:00

123

4/37

F4044

Marion Bryan

44:11:00

139

5/22

M6064

Peter Ashmore

45:14:00

143

6/22

M6064

Gordon Harris

45:35:00

167

17/29

M4044

Jeff Donovan

46:27:00

168

1/11

F6569

Roslyn Smith

46:29:00

173

1/12

M7074

Ken Richardson

46:35:00

175

7/24

F4549

Deanna Donovan

46:42:00

281

9/18

M1619

Christian Porten

51:40:00

292

13/37

F4044

Kindle Parsons

52:31:00

309

10/16

M6569

Sam Knowles

53:50:00

401

13/18

M1619

Lynda Agar

1:00:08

407

5/11

F6569

Sheila Van Gisbergen

1:00:36

431

23/29

F5559

Cindy Blackmore

1:03:04

441

20/22

M6064

Ron Crowther

1:04:32

463

12/12

M7074

Tom Munro

1:06:35

The Road Runners next Island Series challenge is the Cedar 12K taking place just south of Nanaimo on February 8th.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 19:31

Comox Valley Road Runners had a great start to the 2015 season, as 24 club runners challenged the 8 km road race held in Saanich this last weekend. Hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers Runners Club, CVRR athletes achieved first place in three age groups, second in two age groups and third in one more. Fastest runner from the Comox Valley was Derek Vinge, clocking 25:56 for an overall fourth place finish in a large field of 675 entrants. That’s an average speed of just under 19 kilometres per hour over 8 kilometres! Not far behind him was Vince Brotherston, who conquered the 50-54 age group with a great 27:37 time. Third for the club and fourth in his age group (55-59) was Roger Plamondon, placing 58th overall with a time of 30:46 Others placing first in their age group were Wayne Crowe (60-64) coming in at 31:06 and club president Roslyn Smith (65-69) at 36:57. Seconds were achieved by Derek Vinge (30-34) and Ken Richardson (70-74) who finished in 37:56. Marion Bryan cruised in at 33:52 for a third place in her age group (40-44).

Also, welcome to our two European guests who ran with us. Walter Grob , an apprentice cheesemaker from Switzerland, ran a very respectable 33:47 and Christian Porten, a foreign student studying at Vanier, ran a solid 42:18.

CVRR runners will regroup in two weeks for the next Island Series race on January 25 in Cobble Hill.

Complete info for the Island Series Prairie Inn Harriers 8 km are as follows:

Overall

Place in

Age Group

Age

Group

 

Time

4

2/26

M3034

Derek Vinge

25:56

17

1/33

M5054

Vince Brotherston

27:37

58

4/29

M5559

Roger Plamondon

30:46

67

1/24

M6064

Wayne Crowe

31:06

74

8/26

M3034

Wille Scott

31:24

81

9/26

M3034

Kevin Park

31:48

89

7/29

M5559

Danny Keyes

32:04

98

4/24

M6064

Les Disher

32:29

122

17/35

M4044

Mike Bridges

33:40

126

15/23

M2529

Walter Grob

33:47

130

3/38

F4044

Marion Bryan

33:52

149

6/36

F4549

Mary Bridges

34:39

212

1/13

F6569

Roslyn Smith

36:57

233

25/35

M4044

Jeff Donovan

37:30

236

12/36

F4549

Deanna Donovan

37:37

244

2/15

M7074

Ken Richardson

37:56

350

7/15

M7074

George Brose

41:31

377

11/13

M1619

Christian Porten

42:18

378

15/38

F4044

Kindle Parsons

42:20

418

18/24

M6064

Ron Crowther

44:18

422

17/23

M6569

Sam Knowles

44:30

450

19/32

F5559

Lynda Agar

46:05

523

26/32

F5559

Cindy Blackmore

50:22

574

15/15

M7074

Tom Munro

54:38

 

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 19:52

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