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The Merville 15k took place on Sunday April 7th. This is the 7th race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series, and once again it saw a strong showing by the Comox Valley Road Runners. This is always a difficult race as it is an unusual distance and comes immediately after the Half Marathon, leaving the racers with tired legs heading into this event. The Merville 15k is hosted by the River Runners club from Campbell River.

The race was won by Nick Walker in a time of 50:12. Mark Cryderman (Shore Runners / Brooks) of Campbell River posted an excellent result in his first race as a master, winning that category and placing third overall. The women's race was won by Cheryl Davies of Bastion Running Club in Nanaimo with a time of 1:02. The top master's woman was Yanna Debelic, also of Bastion.

There were many excellent performances by members of the Comox Valley Road Runners. Diane Palmason and Vince Brotherston both won their respective age groups. It was also an excellent day for the Plamondons, with Angela Plamondon earning a second place finish in her age group while Roger Plamondon finished in third. Keith Wakelin claimed second place and Ken Richardson also earned a third place finish. The collective effort of the team puts the club into an unassailable 3rd place for the series.

The final race of the series is the Sooke 10k and takes place on Sunday April 21st.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 00:00
Like everyone else in the running world, we at CVRR are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident at this year's Boston Marathon. Fortunately, the number of local participants in Boston this week was the lowest in years. In fact, the only local entry was veteran marathoner Dr. Janet Green who, thankfully, finished and cleared the finish area shortly before the explosions. Former member, Robyn Dicesare - now residing in Winnipeg - was apparently also entered and word is that she is fine as well.
 
CVRR stands with the rest of the international running community in praying for the victims and their families, and supporting everyone involved and the city of Boston at this troubled time. We will continue to persevere as will they. And we will always remember the strength and humanity of those who selflessly threw themselves into the threatened area to assist and comfort the wounded and dazed.
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 00:00

The weather was ideal on Saturday March 23rd for the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR) 5 km Fun Run.  The event is the conclusion of the 10 week annual Learn to Run Clinic put on by the CVRR. There were a record 96 runners for the first event of the Comox Valley Race weekend.  Additional weekend events included a Pasta Dinner held Saturday evening with guest speaker Jim Finlayson and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon held on Sunday.

Promptly at 9:15 a.m. and following a spirited warm up by Frank Graham, those walking or anticipating more than a 45 minute finish started.  They were followed by the majority of the runners at 9:45.  Following the event refreshments were served and draw prizes awarded.  The first 10 finishers and times are as follows: 

20:19    Mike Bridges
22:09    Barney Feenstra
22:27    Angela Plamondon
22:30    Gabriel Gledhill
22:59    Ethan Glenwright
23:30    Martha Grant
24:43    Mark Myles
24:59    Jeff Donovan
25:46    Deanna Donovan
26:14    Nick Feness

Complete results can be found at www.cvrr.ca.

The following sponsors contributed draw prizes and helped make the event a huge success: Bowyer Massage Clinic, Central Mountain Air, Chew to Live, Comox Valley Airport Commission, Extreme Runners, Interfor - Coastal Woodlands Division, the Italian Navy, Jim Smiley-Ocean Pacific Realty, Safeway, Shoreline Orthodontics, WestJet and Zocalo Cafe.  The grand prize of a return trip from Comox to Vancouver was donated by Pacific Coastal Airlines.

The CVRR 10 week Learn to Run clinic is held annually starting in January.  The clinic is for runners or walkers of all levels and consists of a short talk on running related issues followed by a run.  This year's very successful clinic, organized by Leslie Dargie, consisted of over 100 participants.  The following businesses/individuals spoke at or provided additional support to the clinic:  Extreme Runners, Bayview Chiropractic, Lets Go Personal Training, Elite Athletics, Kathy Rung (CVRR Coach), Sandy Riley, Dr. Wayne Crowe and Diane Palmason.

The Comox Valley Road Runners look forward to seeing you at the next running clinic in January 2014.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 00:00

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon took place Sunday, March 24. This is the sixth race in the Frontrunners Island Race Series and is hosted by the Comox Valley Road Runners. The race was won by series leader Geoff Martinson, whose time of 1:07:01 set a new age group record for the M25-29 category. He was followed closely by Jim Finlayson who set a new masters course record of 1:07:10. Finlayson had hoped to break the Canadian Masters record of 1:06:33, but wind, rain, and cool temperatures made for a difficult day for racing. Given the conditions, his result was exceptional.

“I talked with Jim a few weeks ago about him going after the record. I thought that if I could run 1:06.30 myself I would be quite happy," said Martinson. “I tried to help take some of the lead for Jim on the climb for the first 10km, and hopefully make his record chase a little easier. We worked hard today, even though it wasn't quite enough.”

In the women’s race, Catrin Jones won in 1:19:47, second was Jen Millar in 1:20:03 and third was Melissa Ross in 1:21:46. The top female Master was Meghan Stothers in 1:26:38. Jones was particularly pleased with her performance considering she had just returned the night before from Kenya, where she competed in the Rift Valley Marathon the previous weekend.

“I wasn't sure if I would feel rested for today but decided to drive up for the event anyway, and although it was tough considering how my body felt, I was happy to race the event again,” Jones said. “I only found my rhythm at 15km, so the last 5-6k felt the best. It's not close to my PB but I am pleased with the end result. I have always enjoyed running Comox, so I was pleased to take part in the race and thank everyone who organized the great event.”

There were also many excellent performances by local runners. Neil Holm (Extreme Runners/ Adidas) was the first local to finish, coming in 9th overall and winning his age group as the third master's racer to finish. Vince Brotherston and Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/ Asics) also had excellent races and finished second in their respective categories. Gord Harris also posted a fantastic time and won his age group. The local women were lead by none other than CVRR club coach Kathy Rung. Janet Green also posted a 3rd place age group finish.

Many local racers also met longstanding race goals this year at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. Louis Lamb ran a great race and knocked nearly 3 minutes off of his previous best, coming in at 1:26. Danny Keyes (Comox Valley RV) and Chris Winkelaar both completed a major running quest by beating the coveted 1:30 mark for the half marathon. Angelica Lauzon managed to break the 2hr mark, another highly coveted time for many racers. Ron Crowther also had an excellent race, completing his first half marathon in a time of 2:10. Many other excellent results were seen, with too many notable performances to include in this article. For full results visit http://racedaytiming.ca/series?pg=raceresult&race=450.

Race Director Wayne Crowe was pleased with the event. “Race day was overcast and had a cool breeze with the odd shower greeting the 512 finishers. In spite of that there were some exceptional times and there was great food and excellent draw prizes to follow the event. The race was preceded on the Saturday evening by the first annual Pasta dinner and an inspirational talk by Jim Finlayson so it was an excellent weekend.”

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 00:00

Annual 5K Fun Run 2013 Results. Clinic participants can download their finisher' certificate too!

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 16:00

On February 24th, the Hatley Castle 8k race took place in Victoria. The fourth race of the Frontrunners Island Race Series, Hatley Castle is both one of the most scenic and most difficult races in the series. The race tours the grounds of Royal Roads University, taking advantage of the ocean view, the beautiful Hatley Castle itself, and the forested grounds. The race is also difficult and slow as it includes several significant hills and large sections of trail, both of which result in generally slower times on this course.

Geoff Martinson once again won the race, finishing in a time of 25:23 and narrowly missing the course record. The first CVRR racer was Brad Crowe, finishing in a personal best time of 28:37. He was closely followed by Vince Brotherston, who dropped off his pace due to a fall in the middle of the race. Brotherston finished as the second Master's racer overall. The third local to finish was Wayne Crowe (Extreme Runners/Asics) who had a solid run and finished 2nd in his age group.

The CVRR women were lead by Laura Wyatt, who had a great race and finished 4th in her age group. She was followed by mother/daughter duo Linda and Arielle Agar. Next was Kiyoko Marton, who also had a great race.

There were many other outstanding results in the race. Patrick Montgomery of the Comox Valley Road Runners completed one of his major race goals, winning the green jersey for the fastest hundred metre sprint in a time of 12.26 seconds. Les Disher had an excellent race and won his age category with a time of 32:07. Following close behind was Roger Plamondon who finished 3rd in his category. Jerry Van (Van's Portraits) and Brian Rose also had great races, finishing respectively as 8th and 10th in their very competitive age groups.

The Comox Valley Race Weekend is fast approaching. The race weekend kicks off with the 5k Fun Run on Saturday, March 23rd. The run starts at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay at 9:45 and is a celebration run for the participants of the CVRR 5k Running Clinic. It is also open to the public. Saturday night is the Race Weekend Pasta Dinner with keynote speaker Jim Finlayson. It will also include local musicians Paul Rodgers and Jeff Drummond.

The finale of the Race Weekend is the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, March 24th. The race starts at 11:00am from the Filberg Centre, with an early start at 10am. For more information on any of these events visit cvrr.ca.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 00:00

Sunday, March 24th marks the return of the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. This year the Half Marathon is a part of the Comox Valley Race Weekend, which also includes the 5km Fun Run and the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon pasta dinner, both on Saturday March 23rd.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is a scenic, out and back course that starts and finishes at the Florence Filberg Centre on Anderton Avenue in Courtenay. The course winds its way through rural Courtenay along Condensory, Piercy, Dove Creek, and Burns Roads. The race may result in minor traffic delays in this area during the events. To ease congestion, residents in the area and skiers heading to the mountain are encouraged to consider taking alternate routes while the races are taking place. This will help to ensure the safety of both the public and event participants.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon has seen many fantastic races over the years, including many star-studded fields with appearances by Canadian Olympians. The earliest form of the race was as a 20k along a similar route to the present race. Records of the event began in 1987 and it continued as a 20k race until 1994. Over this time, several Canadian Records were set for the 20km distance which still stand today. Maurice Tarrant is notable as achieving the M55 and M60 Canadian Records for the 20km distance at this race. Simon Timmer also achieved the M45 Canadian Record for 20km at the Comox Valley Race.

In 1995 the race was updated to the modern Half Marathon distance and the current course was adopted. Soon afterwards, in 1998, Stephanie Andrews set the female course record of 1:16:55, which still stands to this date. The male course record was set by Canadian Olympian Jon Brown in 2005. His time of 1:03:57 was the fastest half marathon in Canada for that year. Maurice Tarrant has continued to have great success at the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon, setting BC Half Marathon records for the M75 and M80 age groups

Continuing on the record setting trend, Jim Finlayson will be racing the Half Marathon this year in hopes of breaking the Canadian Master's Half Marathon record of 1:06:33. He is currently the BC Half Marathon record holder. He is also the current Master's record holder for the Comox Valley RV Half Marathon. Jim Finlayson will also be the keynote speaker at the pasta dinner event on Saturday night.

The Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is one of the cornerstone events of the Frontrunners Island Race Series. It is also part of the TIMEX race series. The race annually draws close to 500 racers, with hundreds of volunteers and supporters also involved. The half marathon is one of the major fund-raising events for the Comox Valley Road Runners, allowing the club to put on events such as the Canada Day 5th Street Mile, Jingle Bell Run, and the 5k Running Clinic. A part of the proceeds from the event are also donated to two local charities. This year the supported charities are Kidsport and the Friends of Strathcona.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 00:00

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