File photo. Chris Callander at Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Track Series.

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Victoria runner, Christopher Callendar, who is a member of the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club – the largest run club in Canada – finished second overall in the BMO Vancouver Marathon’s 8K road race on Sunday.

Callendar, who competes in the 35-39 age-group, was happy with his performance.

“It was a lot of fun, the top-4 of us ran as a pack until 5K, then spread out a bit. I was hoping to catch the winner, but didn’t quite have it in the legs,” Said Callendar. “I’ve struggled with an Achilles problem the last month, and didn’t have the training behind me, but it was still a great race. For me, it’s always one of my favourite races as it’s my chance to feel like an elite athlete for 30 minutes.”
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Callendar crossed the line in the time of 29:13. The winner was Robert Brunelle of Nanaimo. He breasted the tape in the time of 29:04.

Russ Assau of Abbotsford finished third in the time of 29:34. He was also the first master (over 40).

The top three women were Courtney McEwan credited with the time of 33:03; she was followed in by Phillippa Keast five seconds back at 33:08 and third was Kim Collier of Calgary, crossing the line in the time of 33:58. McEwan and Keast are from Greater Vancouver.

The top master was Susan Gordon of Salt Spring Island, who competes in the 55-59 category. She finished in the time of 33:54.

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