Ian Searle at Comox Valley Half Marathon. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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Two marathons took place in Canada over the weekend, Calgary and Ottawa.

The top Victoria athlete in Ottawa was former UVic Vike Ian Searle, who crossed the finish line in the time of two-hours, 36-minutes and 30 seconds, for a new personal best by 6:12.

His only previous marathon was the 2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, where he crossed the line in the time of 2:40:42 finishing in seventh place. In Ottawa he finished 20th in a competitive field of Canadians and internationals. Searle ran the first half of the race in the time of 1:16:03.

“I was going in for 2:35,” said Searle. I was on target for 2:34 with about 6k to go and then sort of hit a wall. I am pretty happy with the performance overall, it was a pb, so I can’t be too down about it!”

He was also the top athlete from BC.

In Calgary, the top Victoria area athlete was 50K specialist Catrin Jones, who finished her second marathon in a month. She finished in the time of 2:52:30, as second female and ninth overall.

Catrin Jones from GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

“Two marathons this month on some poor sleep, neither are close to my personal best but I am happy to be racing longer events again after becoming a mother as well as being on injury hiatus,” said Jones over social media.

Jones has run as fast as 2:42:45.

In the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 6, she finished in the time of 2:50:45 and was first woman from Victoria and second overall, bettered only by Adam Buzinsky who finished in 2:47:15.