Matthew Winkler leads Pete Perrin into the puddle near half-way. Photo credit: GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

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The wet weather kept the crowds away for the Sooke 10K, race number five of the Vancouver Island Race Series, where just 262 participants finished.

First overall was Nick Walker, who crossed the line in the time of 33:51.  Walker finished nearly two minutes ahead of Metchosin’s Matthew Thomson, who is credited with the time of 35:44. Peterson Perrin finished eight seconds back for his first ever third overall finish. The top three also won their specific age-group with Walker taking the 30-34 category, Thompson 16-19 and Perrin 25-29.

Asked about the battle for second and third, Perrin said, “heading up to those hard hills, with Matthew Winkler and Matthew Thomas, we were battling it out for second until the end of the race. Thomas got me during the final 400m sprint. It was a very close race.”

“It was hard to try catch up to Nick Walker’s fast pace for the downhill. Not long before the turn-around the group started to get more separated.”

The route, which is a rolling out-and-back course, features a two kilometre mostly downhill finish. This year offered a water hazard. Pooling water before the turnaround gave runners a foot bath twice during the race.

It was still an enjoyable experience for runners with mild temperatures and little in the way of rain, “the race was great. I love the support from the crowd, people passing us in cars and cheering us on,” added Perrin.

Former UVic Vikes Julia Tschanz won the women’s race overall. She finished in the time of 39:37 to also win the 25-29 age-group. Kristin Smart was close behind, finishing in 39:47 and winning the 30-34 category. Sara Kelly finished third overall in the time of 41:12. She finished second in her age-group behind Smart.

The top-three athletes in each five-year age-category earn medals, while the remainder of the top-10 receive ribbons at each of the eight series races.

Felipe Edora was the first master. He runs in the 45-49 age-group. Edora crossed the line in the time of 36:32 for sixth overall. He narrowly beat Joel Bryan who won the 50-54 category in 36:39. Brian Stewart from the Comox Valley was the third master winning the 55-59 age-group in the time of 38:22.

Yana Debelic won the women’s masters race in 41:40, she competes in the 45-49 age-group, while Marcia Jansen finished in 43:37. She is also in the 45-49 age-group. The first finisher in the 40-44 age-category, was third place master Jennifer Smith in 45:37.

The race series includes eight events. Remaining on the calendar are the Cedar 12K in Nanaimo, the Comox Valley Half Marathon and the Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K – a race that was brought back for 2017 after an absence of several years.

The final race is in Nanaimo, where series awards will also be handed out.

Full results are available, here>>