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Geoff Martinson at Bazan Bay 5K. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The Canada Run Series’ Eastside 10K took place Saturday on the streets of Vancouver. The race was dominated by Vancouver-based runners, however, there were some island athletes taking in the event.

The overall winner was BC Endurance Project athlete Geoff Martinson, who is originally from Prince George, but did attend the University of Victoria and ran for the Vikes. He was one of the top varsity runners in Canada and went on to compete in the 2011 Daegu IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the 1500m distance.

If his name sounds familiar, Martinson has won or placed top-three in many road races in the Greater Victoria area.

Martinson won in the time of 29:59 over some strong competition, which included Vancouver’s Justin Kent and Kevin Coffey;  all finished under 31:00.

Craig Odermatt was the first athlete from Victoria to cross the line with his finish time of 33:45. He was the third master (over 40) and first in his age-category of 45-49. Odermatt is also a former UVic Vike and is currently a member of the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club.

Odermatt told Victoria Sports News, “the new course had a huge hill which was right up my alley. I was excited to beat my time from last year by 20 seconds and get a negative split. I am excited to take my great base and attack my forte, cross-country.”

He finished 16th overall and was 15 out of 992 men in the race.

Fellow Harrier club member Felipe Edora was the second Victoria male to finish the race. He finished in 35:49 and is in the same age-group as Odermatt.

Sarah Inglis at BC Cross Country Championships. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

The third Victoria-based male athlete to finish was Adam Kelly, who runs in the 35-39 age-group. He crossed the line in the time of 37:21.

Scotland’s Sarah Inglis – who ran for Trinity Western University in Langley – won the women’s race. She bettered a very competitive Canadian field including London’s Leslie Sexton and Olympians Natasha Wodak of Vancouver and Lanni Marchant of London as well as Vancouver’s Rachel Cliff, who has competed internationally for Canada.

In a Canada Run Series release, Inglis said, “I am really happy to win the race with a personal best today. It was a great field of women this year with Natasha, Rachel and Leslie and I felt strong on the hills and great during the race. I’ve been training really well and I am looking forward to the Victoria half marathon in a couple of weeks.”

Inglis is credited with a 33:44 finish time, crossing the line 15th overall. Sexton stopped the clock at exactly 34:00, while Wodak, Marchant and Cliff finished in 34:29, 34:36 and 34:42, respectively.

Craig Odermatt. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

They finished in 20th, 22nd and 23rd overall, to round out the top-four female finishers.

Karmen Kelly was the first Victoria female to cross the line. She finished in 45:50, for 63rd out of 1162 women and 7th out of 163 in her 35-39 age-group.

The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 8 in conjunction with the marathon as well as an 8K and a kid’s 1K run. Wodak and Inglis are scheduled to take in the event, which will include a collection of Kenyan athletes as well as many top Canadians.

Kenyan, Jane Murage is a three-time winner of the TC10K will be making her marathon debut in Victoria.

Details and full results are available, here>>



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