BAREFOOT RUNNER WINS NAUTICAL 4 MILE

The 46th Annual Comox Nautical Days 4 Mile Road Race was held on BC Day, Monday August 3rd 2015. The event, organized by the Comox Valley Road Runners (CVRR), is the longest continuously held road race in BC and is run in conjunction with the wider Comox Nautical Days Festival. As such, most runners take part for the fun of it and often make it a family occasion.

However, as with all races there is a serious runner element and this year the race was won for the first time by a barefoot runner, Robin Poirier.

Robin is easily recognizable at local races as he is usually the only person running without footwear. This obviously does not slow him down as he won the race is an amazing 20mins 39secs. The win was a particularly well deserved one for Robin as he has been placed either second or third in the previous three years.

The second place went to a local runner and last year’s winner, Derek Vinge, who finished in a time of exactly 21mins. Third place went to a teenager, James Lam, who finished in 21mins 29secs.

The overall female winner was a local athlete and triathlete, Gillian Clayton, who finished in a time of 25mins 30secs. Gillian is a previous winner of Ironman Canada, finishing first at Penticton in 2012.

Second place female was another teenager, Erika Ackerlund, who finished in 26mins 15secs and third place female went to Kim Hall in 27mins 36secs.

The day was ideal for a running race, with clear blue skies and a race time temperature of 19C. The finish is along Comox Avenue and the crowds who had gathered for both the race and the subsequent parade cheered the runners over their last few hundred meters.

The following runners achieved first place in their respective age group categories:-

12 + Under: male – Hooper Ellery (37.55) female – Cloe Ellery (33.18)

13-19 years: male – James Lam (21.29) female - Erika Ackerlund (26.15)

20-29 years: male - Andrew Howard (23.36) female - Lawrence Playford-Beaudet (31.00)

30-39 years: male - Robin Poirier (20.39) female - Gillian Clayton (25.30)

40-49 years: male - Neil Holmes (21.33) female - Fiona Read (29.27)

50-59 years: male - Vince Brotherston (22.45) female - Shelagh Germyn (30.05)

60-69 years: male - Derek Richmond (28.00) female - Roslyn Smith (29.06)

70 + Over: male – George Brose

CVRR is very grateful to the local businesses that support this event year on year. The title sponsor for the event is Jim Smiley of Re/Max Realty. Supplies sponsors are Quality Foods for post-race refreshments, Water Pure & Simple for race water and Tim Hortons for coffee. Draw prize sponsors are The Medicine Shoppe, Blackfin Pub & Restaurant, Coastal Credit Union, Blue Heron Books, Café Amantes & Longlands Golf Course.