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Nanaimo trail runner Shelby Drope had an “A” goal Sunday, during the 2018 Cobble Hill 10K and that was to break into the 33-minute zone for the first time, he nearly did one better finishing in the time of 33:00. For the want of a second, he could have run 32:59, if he knew how close he really was.

The winds howled and the rains poured through the night, but the sun shone and the breeze let up for the race that saw 382 competitors take to the rural roads of the Mill Bay – Cobble Hill area.

His “B” goal may have been to win the race and he did just that and led from the gun, but he did have some competition in UVic Vike Ian Searle who finished 14 seconds back. Kyle Irvine, a former Vike, finished third in the time of 33:35.

“I hit my “A” goal today, which was to run into the 33s, so I am pretty happy with that,” Said Drope. “This is my life. Running with friends on a nice day like today, I get to hike with the kids. This is what I love doing.”

Alison Hooper, also a Vike was racing with teammate Chloe Hegland. The two ran new personal best times of 35:38 and 36:04 respectively. The rest of the team spent the weekend in Edmonton racing indoors at the Golden Bear Open.

“We had a really big build up for the cross-country season this year, much bigger than usual, so we planned to start the indoor season next week at the University of Western Washington instead of Edmonton,” shared Hooper.

For Hooper, a triathlete, she has never run indoors or the 3,000-metre distance.

“I have no idea what to expect,” she said laughing.

Hooper and Irvine will be getting married in June of this year.

Hegland improved her 10K road time by one-minute and 10 seconds.

“I felt really strong, I felt really good out there even though there was race pain, it wasn’t like I was suffering from it,” said Hegland. “I ran the second half faster than the first half, which I am really happy with.”

The third female was new mother Catrin Jones, who is a competitive ultra-marathon runner and specializes in the 50K distance. She finished in the time of 37:38.

The first master was Craig Odermatt of Victoria; he just nipped under the 34-minute threshold, crossing the line in the time of 33:54. Eleven seconds back was Mark Cryderman of Campbell River. They both compete in the 45-49 age-category and were once teammates at the University of Victoria. Jerry Loeb finished third in the time of 36:06.

The top female master runner was Shawnigan Lake’s Nancy Baxendale who runs in the 55-59 age-group. She crossed the line in the time of 41:02. Carolyn Coffin finished as the second master in the time of 42:47 while rounding out the top-three was Karmen Kelly in the time of 44:28.

Victoria’s Trevor Neil was the first junior, finishing in the time of 37:49 and 32nd overall.

McKenzie Loyer of Port Alberni finished as top female junior in the time of 44:58.

The Cobble Hill 10K is race number two of the eight-event Vancouver Island Race Series. The next race in the series takes place Sunday, February 4th in Nanaimo for the Cedar 12K. Race time is 11:00 am.

More information on the series is available here>>

Full results are available here>>

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