Leading the way at the St. Patrick's Day 5K today were the women, as the anticipated match-up between Canada’s two 10,000m representatives at the upcoming Commonwealth Games resulted in the fastest time ever run in Canada. Natasha ran a blistering quick 15:39, bettering the old record of 15:42 set by Carol Montgomery in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland in 2006. Her Canadian team mate Rachel Cliff helped get things off to a fast start, scorching through the first downhill mile in 4:38, with Natasha 4 seconds back but she was able to sustain the pace better through the second half, particularly over the uphill final kilometer, and ran out a convincing winner. Cliff hung on gamely to also finish well under her previous course record, in 15:51. It was a bit of revenge as Rachel topped Natasha at the Harriers Pioneer 8K, Race #1 of the BC Super Series. Natasha collected $500 for the win and the BC 5K Championship, plus a $250 bonus from Saucony for the new course record.
March 11, 2018
Patricia Roney, Chris Callendar and Randy Jones
Patricia was the first female finisher in the 10K race placing 3rd overall of 64 finishers, Chris won the accompanying 5K race which attracted 46 finishers and Randy was the successful Race Director of the inaugural Another Brick in Nepal challenging trail race in East Sooke Park today, the first running event approved by CRD Parks in this park. The race champions in the 10K were Andrew Russell, 40:07, and Patricia Roney, 46:55, and the 5K winners were Chris Callendar, 17:45, and Emma Rutledge, 3rd overall in 25:43. The combined total of 110 finishers included 16 Harriers participating with16 more Harriers volunteering. Mark Ritchie, 51:13, and Lara Wear, 1:00:27, were the top masters in the 10K race while Dee Ogden, 25:57, was the second female master in the 5K race, both of which were very demanding race courses initiated and measured by Gary Duncan who was the second 10K master, 6 seconds back of Mark Ritchie who surged to the line for the master's victory. All in all it was a very special fundraiser with $2,500 being raised to purchase desks for a school in Nepal.