Runner of the Week

October 27, 2019
Catrin Jones, Gary Duncan and Yuki Otsubo

Catrin placed 6th overall of 136 finishers and was the top female master in 1:26:08 at the MEC Half Marathon today at Beaver Lake Park.  Gary and Yuki were 10th and 11th overall in the most popular of 3 races, the MEC 10K featuring 316 finishers.



December 26, 2016
Sean Finucane and Shane Ruljancich

Sean emerged as the race handicap time winner while Shane ran the fastest time of the day at the 18th annual Harriers Boxing Day 10-Mile Handicap which attracted 21 registrations and 15 finishers from the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub in Central Saanich today.  Sean ran the 10 mile course in 1:19:04 and Shane covered the same distance in 1:03:43.  The top female was Marcia Stromsmoe in 1:35:31; she finished in 8th position in the handicap-time section and 12th overall in the actual-time section.  There were 13 finishers in the 10 Mile race and an additional 2 finishers in the 5 Mile race won by Martine Janicki in 45:51.


December 26, 2015
Shane Ruljancich

Shane ran the fastest time of 58:30 today at the 17th annual Harriers Boxing Day 10-Mile Handicap but had to settle for fourth position based on a staggered start where the slowest runners start first and the fastest runners start last determined by their handicapped race times for 2015. Shane was the final runner to start and he passed 14 runners but couldn't catch the top three comprised of Curtis Deardon, Anthony Jeffrey and top female, Amy Deardon. Several other Harriers had good performances including Race Director Gary Duncan, Will Boothman, Jeff Beddoes and Garth Ball.

December 26, 2014
Claire Morgan and Nancy Baxendale

Claire and Nancy both finished off 2014 in style by finishing 1-2 in the Boxing Day 10 Mile Handicap at Central Saanich and with a 1-3 in the Run Through Time 5K at UVic on New Year's Eve. The Boxing Day 10 Mile men's winner was Harrison Ellis, in 1:03:23, Claire finished second overall in 1:03:38 and Nancy was third overall in 1:05:54 of 21 finishers at the 16th annual Boxing Day event. There were approximately 200 finishers at the Run Through Time, won by Hugh Trenchard in 17:40. Harriers' Chris Callendar placed second in 17:51 and Claire was third overall in 18:28. Sara Gross was 5th overall and second female in 18:39 while Nancy was 7th overall and third female in 19:33.

December 31, 2013
Craig Odermatt and Claire Morgan
Craig was the top male in 16:20 and Claire was the top female, 6th overall in 18:18, at the 25th annual Run Through Time 5K at the University of Victoria starting at 6:00 pm tonight. There were a total of approximately 300 participants in the 5K run, 3K walk and 1K kid's run, an event sponsored by Frontrunners and hosted by Runners of Compassion. Other Harriers placing in the top 10 overall included Chris Callendar, 4th in 17:44, Richard Knowlton, 8th in 18:23, and Gary Duncan, 9th 18:48. The runner-up to Claire was Saran Gross who finished 10th in 19:00.

December 29, 2012
Marcia Stromsmoe

Marcia, running her first race in many months due to a serious and long term injury, won the F60 division today in Mexico. Welcome back, Marcia. Here's her report. Porque 5K? Por que Why 5K? Why not started with kids 1K, only they turned the wrong way so the winning time was 2 something. It's all good, everybody went the wrong way so it doesn't matter The rest of us ran/walked the right way through town pretty much everywhere,...

December 26, 2011
Sean Chester and Claire Morgan
Sean topped the men's field in 54:34, breaking his course record of 55:01 set last year, and Claire was the first female in 1:03:25; she was 6th overall of the 33 finishers at the 13th annual Harriers Boxing Day 10 Mile Handicap starting and finishing at the Prairie Inn Neighbourhood Pub.

December 26, 2010
Sean Chester
In the Harriers Boxing Day 10 Miler from the Prairie Inn Pub, Sean led 21 other runners to record the fastest time of the day in 55:01 eclipsing Rob Harmsworth's course record of 55:12 set in 1999. Sean has shown steady improvement over the years by posting times of 57:58 in 2007, 56:50 in 2008, 55:38 in 2009 and 55:01 in 2010 to set the new record. Sylvan Smyth has directed the race from the P.I. Pub for the past 12 years and has compiled an excellent handicapping system whereby most of the runners finish at the same time based on a staggered start where the slower runners start first and the faster runners are continually catching up throughout the 10-mile course...

December 26, 2009
Sean Chester and Sylvan Smyth
Sean three-peated as the fastest Boxing Day 10 Mile finisher in 55:38, narrowly missing Rob Harmsworth's course record of 55:12 set in 1999. For Sean, he is steadily climbing the ladder to a 54 minute performance and a new shot at the course record next year. His times have improved on Boxing Day from 57:58 in 2007 to 56:50 in 2008 to 55:38 in 2009. Sylvan, on the other hand, showed good form by nailing himself with a 20-minute penalty for violating his own early-start rules...

December 31, 2008
Gord Christie
When the Run Through Time 5K was canceled at UVic tonight due to snow, it didn't dampen the spirit of 10 Harriers who showed up anyways to run a time trial on the course as a good tempo workout to end the year. Gord Christie, 47 years old, was the first finisher overall in 17:12. Other Harriers Mark Ritchie, 17:41, Chris Callendar, 17:59, Ming Kang, 18:07, Gary Duncan, 18:11 and 70 year old Garth Ball, 27:35, all won their respective age divisions.


December 31, 2007
Angela Plamondon, Cheryl Murphy and Phil Nicholls
Phil Nicholls was third overall in 16:51 at tonight's Run Thru Time 5K at UVic. Phil earned top master billing and looked strong throughout the race. Cheryl Murphy was first female and 5th overall in 17:07. Angela Plamondon was 5th female in 19:53. She got mixed up with some Vikes and triathletes and pulled off an impressive master's victory. The top three men were Zack Whitmarsh in 15:38, Craig Odermatt in 15:48 and Phil in 16:51. The top three women were Cheryl in 17:07, Jen MacLean in 18:00 and Nancy Fedoruk in 18:53. There were 300 runners in the event and another 20 youngsters running the 1.2K Kids' Race. Many outstanding draw prizes were presented at McKinnon Gymnasium following the run.

December 25, 2006
Debbie Scott and Sabina Reska
Deb and Sabina kindly offered to care for Molly and Pepsi at their home in Shawnigan Lake for 10 days while I was healing from hip replacement surgery. This enabled me to safely get around the house on crutches without the danger of being knocked down by an enthusiastic dog looking for her supper or barking to be let out at 3:00 a.m. for a piddle. Many other PIHers have rallied around the cause and taken Molly and Pepsi for runs so their daily exercise can continue while I am in recovering. I am very thankful for the 12 individuals from the Harriers who have stepped forward to help. Look for a rejuvinated Deb and Sabina to participate in the 2007 Island Race Series after a few years off. Welcome back!

December 31, 2005
Angela Plamondon and Roger Plamondon
Angela and Roger were not only the top male and female Harriers, but they were the top two masters in the Run Through Time 5K at UVic tonight. Roger finished 8th overall in 17:45, while Angela was second female finisher in 18:59. Craig Odermatt won the race in 15:51 and Charlene Waldner was the first female in 18:51. There were 350 finishers.

December 31, 2004
Ian Hallam & Nancy Baxendale
The top 2 Harriers in the Run Thru Time 5k at UVic were Ian and Nancy. Ian was second overall to Craig Odermatt and Nancy was first female overall. Great performances from both of them at this festive run full of costumes, celebration, and special apprearances.

December 29, 2003
Lise Wessels, Sandy Thompson and Andrew Green
Lise not only finished first overall, but ran the fastest time of the day in the 5th Annual Harriers Boxing Day 10-Mile Handicap Race. Her winning time was 62:15. Only Rob Harmsworth and James Morrison have recorded a faster 10 mile time in the five years of the race. Second place went to Sandy Thompson, who held the lead for 9 1/2 miles before Lise caught her. Andrew started dead last, under the handicap system, and finished with the second fastest time of the day in 63:16. There were 40 finishers.

December 31, 2002
Jim Finlayson and Laura Leno
Jim and Laura were the top Harrier finishers in the Run Through Time 5K at UVic on New Year's Eve. Jim won the race outright in 14:37, beating Olympic middle-distance aces Graham Hood and Zach Whitmarsh and fellow former national XC team member Graham Cocksedge. Laura was second female overall to Diane Cummins.


December 27, 2001
Sandy Stewart
Sandy was the highest finishing Harrier, third overall, in the Boxing Day 10 Miler.

December 26, 2000
Marilyn McCrimmon & Bill Scriven
Marilyn (12th overall) and Bill (6th overall) were the top two Harriers in the Boxing Day 10 Mile Handicap Race.


December 27, 1999
Josephine Hees
Josephine was named the Harriers Susan Reid Most consistent runner for 1999, then won the Harriers Boxing Day 10-mile Handicap and followed up by winning her age group in the Harriers 8K and being named the winner of the Greg Marchand award for inspiration.

December 28, 1998
Ulla Marquette
One of the newest Harriers, long time local legend Ulla is expected to strongly defend her 1998 Island Series title.



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