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Kenyan Haron Sirma defended his title at the 2019 TC10K Sunday, finishing in the time of 29:38, while Scottish runner Sarah Inglis smashed the women’s record of 32:56 with her 32:24 performance.
Sirma won in 2018 in the time of 29:49.
“It was good,” said Sirma. “I am happy with my race today. It is a nice race and I am happy with my performance here today.”
A group of six were together throughout 3K, then at 5K on Dallas Road, it was down to Sirma, Calgary’s Matthew Travaglini and Stefan Daniel, Daniel Kipkoech and Paul Kimugul. First master (over 40) Colin Fewer was in the mix. The Newfoundlander finished fourth overall.
Travaglini lost contact with Sirma at 7K and began to fall back. Daniels was back 20m and worked to close the gap between the two, while Sirma was pulling away on the long downhill stretch after Douglas Street and Dallas Road.
“We battled each other hard on the uphill around 5K and I think I put everything into that stretch,” said Travaglini. “I lost focus for a bit there and let him get away. I am happy with the result, but you always want to win, right.”
Travaglini will be joining the University of Calgary Dinos for the 2019-2020 season. They are the defending U Sport Cross Country Champions and with Daniels and Travaglini in the lineup, they will field another strong team.
Inglis’s performance is another in a stretch of personal bests that she has accomplished in 2019. In March, at the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, she set the Canadian all-comers 5K road record winning in 15:39.
In February, she set a new 10,000-metre best of 32:36.89 in San Diego.
“All of my road personal bests are better than my track times, which is backward,” said Inglis. “I will have to work on changing that.”
Working on that will include her racing the Canadian 10,000-metre championships taking place in Burnaby at the Pacific Distance Carnival on June 13, as well as the British Track and Field trials to try to qualify for the 2019 IAAF Doha World Track and Field Championships. To qualify, she will need to run under 31:50.
Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore finished second in the time of 33:00. It was an impressive performance for a 39-year-old on a comeback from retirement after having two kids. She finished third on April 14 at the Vancouver Sun Run.
Elmore will embark on a fall marathon. She ran her debut in January in Houston with a 2:32:15 performance.
“I knew Inglis is in better shape than I am and am good with how the race went. I went out fast, but I just go out hard and see what happens,” shared Elmore. “The idea is to hope that the drop off from the fast start happens later and later in a race as you get fitter and fitter.”
She joked about her son wanting to race the 1.5K kids run. He doesn’t understand that both of his parents (Graham Hood) and Elmore are two of the all-time great Canadian 1500-metre runners. “He likes to compete, so I think we are in trouble,” she joked.
Vancouver’s Robin Mildren finished third. The PhD candidate in human kinetics is happy with her new personal best performance finishing in 34:22.
She wants to race the Canadian Half Marathon Championships and the 10,000-metres.
“I will train through the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon coming next week, but I would like to choose one of the championships to focus on, just not sure which,” she said.
Calgary sent a strong contingent, in addition to Daniel and Travaglini, amongst others, masters competitor in the 3,000m steeplechase Shari Boyle won the 40-plus category with a good run. She finished in the time of 37:29.
“I was looking to go into the 36-minute range, but I am pretty happy with the race, as I ran alone for a bit and could feel a bit of the headwind on Dallas Road.” Boyle will be racing in the Occidental track meet in Los Angeles in two weeks time in the steeplechase.
Eighty-eight-year-old Maurice Tarrant was seen with Daughter Claire having run the race for the 30th time in the 30th anniversary of the event – he has raced every TC10K – dating back when it was named the Garden City 10K.
Laughing, he said, “I was the oldest person in the race,” he like finished ahead of 2000 others. Tarrant is in the Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame and holds several distance running provincial and national records as well as the world mile record for 80-plus.
Nearly 10,000 runners and walkers registered for the event (9,876 at last count). The race and the 1.5K kids run may have had the most starters and most finishers in three years.
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