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Ian Searle at the finish (1:14:14). Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall


Three-hundred and seventy-five participants took in the Comox Valley Half Marathon Sunday on a pitch-perfect day weather-wise. The sun broke out from the clouds just as overall winner Ian Searle crossed the line, improving his disposition.

The University of Victoria Vike athlete led from the gun to the finish and crossed the finish line in time of 1:14:14.
“I think I would have run a little faster if I had someone pushing me. I was aiming for 1:12:45 or around there,” Said Searle.

Searle will be racing the Bazan Bay 5K April 8th. The race takes place in Sidney. The course is very fast and gives runners an opportunity to run a personal best for the distance.

“Yes and then I will be doing the marathon in Ottawa. I hope to run 2:35 or faster,” added Searle.

He made the transition back to the roads when he competed in the 2017 GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, finishing in the time of 2:40:42; his debut at the distance.

Master (40-plus) runner Mark Cryderman of Campbell River, also a former Vike, finished second overall. He finished in the time of 1:16:25. Cryderman is in the 45-49 category.

Victoria master (50-54) Joel Bryan finished third overall in the time of 1:17:04.

Nanaimo’s Erin Burrett won the women’s race in the time of 1:21:11.

“I haven’t raced much this year,” said Burrett. “I am trying to get out and race more now that I am getting past the injury.”

Erin Burrett finishing first in 1:21:11. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

Burrett, who has run the marathon as fast as 2:37:50 during the 2016 edition of the Rotterdam Marathon, is getting over a running injury. She also won the GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon and has a half-marathon best of 1:14:49.

“It felt pretty good today, but on the downhills, I could feel it a bit.”

Catrin Jones of Victoria, a short-ultra distance specialist in the 50K, is back racing well after becoming a mother in 2017. She finished second in the time of 1:22:05. Patricia Roney also of Victoria crossed the line third in 1:24:15.
Nanaimo’s Carolyn Swanson won the masters division with her performance of 1:33:14. She competes in the 45-59 age-group. Sara Li finished second master and second in the 45-49 age-group with her result of 1:35:26 and third master was Katheryn Atwood (50-54), she is credited with a 1:37:23 finish time.

The half-marathon is race number six of eight events that make up the Vancouver Island Race Series.

Next up is the Sooke 10K on March 25, followed by the Bazan Bay 5K on April 8th, which includes the series awards ceremony.