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Shelby Drope of Nanaimo winning Gunner Shaw. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

The Harriers Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic took place Saturday, Nov. 25 at Thetis Lake Park. It was race number three of the four-race Thetis Lake Quad, put on by the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club.

The men’s winner was Nanaimo’s Shelby Drope, who crossed the line in the time of 34:58. Drope was representing the Bastion Running Club. He had a hand in helping Frontrunners of Nanaimo in winning the Thetis Lake Relays two weeks previous. He competes in the 30-39 age-category.

Prairie Inn Harrier Lucy Smith of Victoria, who was recently inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, won the women’s race as well as the master’s category (50-59). She just nipped under the 40-minute mark with her 39:35 performance.

Smith is a 19-time national champion on the track, in cross-country, triathlon and road racing. She is also a two-time world silver medallist in duathlon.

Second in the men’s race was former University of Victoria Vike Forrest Simpson. He crossed the line in the time of 35:44. Third overall was Tyler Trace recording a time of 36:01.

The first master (40-49) was Harrier, Shane Ruljancich, stopping the clock at 36:55.

Lucy Smith finishing first. Photo credit: Joseph Camilleri.

Fellow Harrier, Patricia Roney, finished second in the women’s race in the time of 41:48. While just three seconds back Melissa Ross with the Bastion Running Club finished third.

The Gunner Shaw race is a challenging trail race that features a 50-metre, knee-deep water hazard as well as many hills and turns and covers 10-kilometres of forested trail. Runners finish the race running through the lake to get to the finish chute.

The race is named after local running legend Bruce “Gunner” Shaw, who died in a car accident.

Full results available here>>