Merville 15K Results

(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: 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.