July 14, 2018
Patricia Roney and Lyndon Clazie
The Ladysmith Gutbuster at Holland Creek, Event #4 of 6 in the Vancouver Island Trail Series, was held today and featured a longer course of 19K with some incredibly long, steep uphills. The Harriers ladies finished 1-2-3 on the long course with this year's Bright Shining Light winner, Patricia Roney, claiming the top female position, 5th OA in 1:45:11, last year's Bright Shining Light, Aoibhe Glynn, taking second place and was 13th OA in 2:00:17 and next year's potential Bright Shining Light, new member and a Prior Lake Saturday morning regular, Sheila Nyquist, placing third, 19th OA in 2:06:52 to claim the top F40 master's position. Other long course Harriers' performances were also outstanding with Gary Duncan winning the M60 division in 1:54:08, Charlene Waldner placing second to Sheila in the F40 division in 2:12:09 and Melinda Williamson winning the F50 division in 2:23:21. The race champion was Andrew Russell in 1:29:55, over 3 minutes ahead of runner-up, Duncan's James Richardson who finished in 1:33:05. Lyndon placed 2nd overall on the Ladysmith short course in 44:03 almost 5 minutes behind the blazing fast German, Sebastion Enke, from Kuhschnappel, who won the race in 39:41. The short course female winner was Danielle Thompson, F40, who was 12th OA in 54:07. Other Harriers running well over the short course were Kevin Spahn, 1st M40 in 48:30, Dan Stefanson, 1st M50 in 51:24, Dawn Wilson, 1st F50 in 1:01:40 and Lisa Cyr-Cantwell, 2nd F50 in 1:05:07. There were 95 finishers on the long course and 107 finishers on the short course.