Photos by John Berger

The Cedar 12K wrapped up the Vancouver Island Race Series Sunday with Nick Walker and Melissa Ross winning the final race and the overall series. The race, hosted by the Bastion Run Club, saw 262 finishers.

Walker was the clear favourite today and he led all the way, winning in 40:24. Second was Dusty Spiller in 41:15 and third and top master was Mark Cryderman in 41:18. “I saved myself for today as I knew I had a chance to get the title,” said Walker. “At 5k I pulled away and I am really pleased with the result. There has been more excitement with the series this year and there has been some good competition.” Cryderman also won the overall series master’s title.

Nick Walker winning

For Ross, as a member of the Bastion Run Club, this was her local race. She easily won in 48:09. Second was Sonja Nelson in 50:33 and third and top female master was Yanna Debelic in 50:55. Ross was a late entry but had a tactical plan in mind. “My coach had planned a tempo run for me so I did a progression run, where I treated it as a workout. I love the course – it is so good for building strength.” Debelic, who won Port Alberni 10K last week was also crowned the series women’s masters champion.

There were two age group course records – in the W75-79, Maree Kinnell breaking the old record set by Brigitte Killat in 2003, by eight minutes, finishing in 1:16:35. In the M85-89 John Woodall shaved seven minutes off Maurice Tarrant’s 2015 record, finishing in 1:15:47.


Melissa Ross

The Prairie Inn Harriers won the team standings with Comox Valley Road Runners Second and Ceevacs Roadrunners third.

“I would like to congratulate all of the race directors and volunteers for a very professional job in organizing the races” said Jonathan Foweraker, President of the Vancouver Island Runners’ Association. “It has been a terrific series with an increase in registrations and new runners, who all enjoyed eight races as we welcomed back the Port Alberni Paper Chase 10k after a 15 year absence. There was some great competition and comradery out there during the season.”

VIRA partnered with the Victoria Hospitals Foundation for the third year and raised $2,004 for the Foundation. When registering, participants had the opportunity to top up their registration and support the many rehabilitative services at Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Full results are on