The MEC Victoria Race Series event number three took place Sunday morning at Hatley Castle featuring the half-marathon, 10K and 5K race distances.
It was a reversal of fortunes for the top two finishers in the 5K, with Peterson Perrin winning in the time of 17:55 and Mathew Winkler finishing in second just 20 seconds back. In 2017, Winkler had won the race in the time of 17:50 over Perrin who had crossed the line in 18:24.
A smiling Perrin had no idea what time he finished in the year before. “I have no idea, but it was warmer, just the way I like it.”
Despite the cool temperatures this year, he fared better.
Fifteen-year-old Kevin Song finished third in the time of 18:40. His family was there to greet him and offer congratulations.
Song competed in the BC High School Championships on June 2nd in Langley in the 1500-metre and 3,000-metre distance events. The Grade 11 Mount Doug High School student finished seventh out of 16 in the 1500 with a time of 4:26.72. In the 3,000 he finished 16 of 32.
Courtney Cameron was the first woman across the line; she finished in the time of 20:43, well ahead of her nearest competitor Dominique Klees-Themens, who recorded a 23:17. Sabrina Hocken finished third in 24:14.
Martin Knor, Henry Baxter and Rodney Henderson went 1-2-3 in the half-marathon, crossing the line in the time of 1:27:41, 1:27:47 and 1:28:50. It was a much closer race for the three who had to brave winds on the lagoon road and a large hill early into the race.
Sara Li was the first female crossing the line in the time of 1:38:27. Sara Lidstein was second in the time of 1:41:33. Aisling Owton finished third in 1:44:58.
In the 10K Ben Puszka finished first in the time of 39:09, Sean Conway stopped the clock at 39:21, while Greg Garner was 35 seconds back for third.
Stephanie Dacre won the women’s 10k in 43:24, while Laura Li Foa Wing was second in the time of 43:51 and Heather Christie grabbed third in 44:37.
Five-hundred and 14 finished the three races, with 89 in the half-marathon, 235 in the 10K and 190 in the 5K.
The next race, event number four takes place at Sooke Potholes on August 26, offering 5, 10 and 15K distances.