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Chris Bueley. Photo credit: Louise Hodgson Jones

Nearly perfect conditions greeted runners for the first annual Seaside 10K and 5K race in Sidney.

In the 10K, three women finished in the top-12, including the second finisher overall in 50-59 age-group runner Lucy Smith. Smith recorded a 36:21 finish time. Care Nelson was the second female and sixth overall. She finished in the time of 37:38, while Meghan Strothers crossed the line in 12th position overall, stopping the clock in 40:11.

Smith is a 20-time Canadian champion in track, cross-country, triathlon and duathlon. She is also two-time world duathlon silver medallist. On Sunday, September 10, Smith smashed the Finlayson Arm 28K trail race record by finishing in the time of 3:05:49. She was the fourth overall finisher.

The Seaside 10K race was won by Chris Bueley, who trains with SpeedFarm. He finished in the time of 36:11. The second and third men were Chris Jones and Carson Witts. They are credited with finishing in the times of 36:43 and 37:17, respectively.

Scott Roberts was the first master to cross the line in the men’s category. He is in the 50-59 age-group and finished in 39:41.

Two-hundred and 43 participants took in the longer race which offers a flat and fast course.

Lucy Smith. Photo credit: Louise Hodgson Jones

In the 5K race, three of the top-eight finishers were women including third overall and 40-49 master Heather  McDonald. She finished in 18:17.

The second and third female finishers were Janet Nielsen and Ella Ballard; they stopped the clock at 20:09 and 20:40, respectively.

The overall winner was master (40-49) Craig Odermatt; he won in the time of 16:29. The ever-improving Peterson Perrin was second, but still well back at 17:53. The third male finisher was Chris Walsh who record a finish time of 18:27.

Odermatt is a former University of Victoria Vike and currently runs with the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club, as does Smith.

“Congrats to Sarah Sproull and team on launching the first ever Sidney Seaside races,” shared Odermatt via social media. “Great job putting on this fun new event; may the event continue to grow.”

Craig Odermatt. Photo credit: Louise Hodgson Jones

There were 162 finishers in the 5K.

The Seaside 10K and 5K is organized by Frontrunners who also put on the Bear Mountain 10K and the Kool Oak Bay Half Marathon as well as the Vancouver Island Trail Series.

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