Photo by Daniel Ethier
Photo by Daniel Ethier

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Cloudy cool conditions, and a new course, greeted over 1,000 runners this morning in the 12th Annual Kool Oak Bay Half Marathon. A must-do race for many Victoria runners, the new venue at Windsor Park proved to be a big hit for organizers, volunteers and participants. Spectators also were able to cheer from many vantage points as the first few kilometres were contained within the roads of Oak Bay.

With full road closures runners were able to spread out and enjoy the new route which climbed the iconic golf course hill, ran past the Oak Bay Marina, through Cattle Point (marking half way), up to the turn-around just before Ripon. Returning the same way the half marathoners and relay runners were spread out but the spectators continued to cheer with cow bells and whistles. The bacon station was a particularly popular addition – well it is protein after all.

Cloudy skies cleared to give the runners a challenging head wind returning on Beach Drive, and the gradual climb up to Falkland between 18 and 19K meant many had to dig deep. But sunny skies and cheering spectators at the finish line eased the pain as another Oak Bay Half Marathon was successfully completed.

Despite the challenging hills the race recorded some fast times. Jordan Brietzke won the Half in 1:16:57, the fastest female was Andrea Lee in 1:24:57. Chris Callender won the 10K in 36:56 and Elizabeth Waywell the ladies race in 41:45. Congratulations to Split Second who won the Relay in 1:16:15.

For full results go to: www.oakbayhalf.com

 

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