The 2018 B.A.A. Boston Marathon was a cold, wet and windy affair that reigned havoc on finish times, however, for 23 Victoria area runners who fared well on Monday, April 16, it was like any other day on Vancouver Island, this winter.
The first Victoria area runner to finish was Prairie Inn Harrier Michael Angrove. He crossed the final timing mat in 2:55:25 – a new personal best. Angrove’s best before Boston was 2:57:14. He was the 1,082nd finisher of 25,746.
Angrove, had got to the 10K mark in the time of 41:25, then half-way at 1:27:01. He ran the second half of the race in 1:28:24.
“My friend and I planned to go for 2:45:00 but there was no way to do so in the conditions,” shared the 30-year-old city planner. “The temperature was hovering around freezing and there was a constant headwind with heavy gusts and torrential rain at times. It was probably the worst conditions I’ve raced in, but it was still the Boston Marathon so I had a blast.”
Joel Bryan, who is age 52 was the second Victoria finisher in the time of 3:03:38. His second half wasn’t so pleasant, as he was five minutes ahead of Angrove at the half-way mark.
Scott Macausland finished as third Victorian in the time of 3:07:58.
The race was won by Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi in 2:15:58 and American Desiree Linden in 2:39:54. Kawauchi owns a personal best of 2:08:14 and is one of the most prolific racers all-time. Linden has run as fast as 2:22:38, which she did in Boston in 2011 on a much more appropriate day for marathon running.
The other Victoria runners to brave the stormy race were:
Sara Hong Li