Sun and spring conditions greeted the the 300+ runners in the Comox Valley Half Marathon yesterday. The sixth race in the Vancouver Island Race Series was won by Dusty Spiller, with Melissa Ross winning the women’s race.
Spiller won in 1:15:23, second was Peterson Perrin in 1:18:16, and third, David Roulston in 1:18:44. Fourth and top master was Vince Brotherston from the host team, Comox Valley Road Runners, finishing in 1:18:52. Spiller took the lead from the start and broke away at three kilometres. “Conditions were beautiful. My goal was just to have a strong race and if pushed, try to work hard enough for the win,” he said. Spiller, who hails from Alberta and is a triathlete. This was his first time running Comox. “I'm using all of the races in the Island series as my hard training runs to prepare for my upcoming triathlon season.”
Ross bettered her second-place finish last year, by winning the women’s race in 1:24:52 (also shaving a minute off her 2016 time), second was Michelle Heneghan in 1:28:05, and third and top master was Meghan Stothers finishing in 1:29:44.
Ross was very pleased with her result, particularly as she ran the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Vancouver on Saturday. “The race went well for me and I got into a good rhythm and had a great group of guys to run with,” she said. “My goal was to have a strong, controlled race and to complete a solid weekend of training. I am gearing up for the Sun Run and the TC10K at the end of April, so this weekend was meant to create a good training effect leading into next month.”
There were two age group records, Nancy Baxendale in the W55-59 (1:33:02), and Jim McLean in the M85-89 (2:34:17).
"We hit the lottery for the weather which finally cooperated with a crisp and sunny day that made for a lot of fast times and many PRs,” said Race Director, Wayne Crowe.
“There were a number of inspirational finishes including Nancy Baxendale setting her fourth age group record. Thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers who together made for a fantastic event."
In the club standings, Prairie Inn Harriers lead with 2467 points, Comox Valley Road Runners second with 1781 and third is Ceevacs Road Runners with 1635.
Comox Valley RV Half Marathon is followed by Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K on April 2, and Cedar 12K and Series Awards on April 9.
For race results go to: http://racedaytiming.ca/vira/2017
To register for the races in the Island Race Series go to: www.islandseries.org