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 22, 2003
Biker great, gnarly, has been Runner-of-the-Week a record number of ten times this year. Two more than team mate Meghan Day. Claire ran the Series, H2H, Thetis Relay, Gunner Shaw, two adventure races, three Gutbusters, the World Championship Mountain Race in Anchorage and the two qualifying runs in Whistler and Canmore and did duathlons, winning two of them. She did it all, and she did it all well.
December 15, 2003
A week after Herb Phillips nailed a great marathon in Arizona, Rob Grant did the very same thing in Hawaii. Rob ran a negative split to finish 2nd in his age category, 99th male and 112th overall of the 25,283 entries in the 31st Annual Honolulu Marathon. He ran 1:31:58 for the first half and turned it up a notch, coming back in 1:29:48 to finish strongly in 3:01:46. The race was won by Kenyan Jimmy Muindi in 2:12:59. There were many Kenyans in the top twenty and tons and tons of Japanese in the top 100 (probably 85%). Rob was a mere 8 seconds behind Mark Shorter for top Canadian honours.
December 15, 2003
Herb continues to excel at long distance races by placing first in his age category, 21st overall out of 1,224 finishers in the Tucson Marathon. His time of 2:51:11 easily ranked him first in the age graded competition by a wide margin. He was also the top Canadian in the race. Herb was running well through the first half on pace for a 2:44 but the Arizona temperature skyrocketted up 15 degrees higher than normal and the heat affected most runners. The race was won by Brian Spangenberg of Canyon Country, CA in 2:28:18.
December 8, 2003
Steven Shelford and Gary Duncan
Steve and Gary were the top two Harriers finishing third and fourth overall in the Oak Bay Firefighters 8K Merrython yesterday. A large component of the PIH Thursday Morning Group participated in the event. Steve set a 40 second personal best with a time of 30:00 while Gary bettered his 8K P.R. by 90 seconds in 30:21. This is a good sign for both runners to perform well in the upcoming Pioneer 8K on January 11.
December 8, 2003
Helena ran a terrific Harrisdirect Seattle Marathon last Sunday with a personal best time of 3:17:24. She was 11th of the 707 women in the race and was 4th of 98 in the master's division. There were 1,275 male finishers for a total field of 1,982. Helena easily made the 3:50 qualifying standard and is now planning to run the Boston Marathon in April with Linda Gibson. She was expecting a 3:45 at Seattle and amazed even herself by finishing almost a minute a mile faster than her target time.
December 1, 2003
Steve Bachop, Ian Hallam, Meghan Day and Barb Brych
Steve led the record field of 275 runners home for his third win at the Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic on Saturday with a time of 33:58. Ian finished second, only four seconds out of the lead, in 34:02 which was a tremendous improvement from last year when he was 11th in 35:30. Meghan won the women's race in 38:05, a new course record, lowering Gillian Moody's mark by 7 seconds. She was 20th overall. Barb complimented the men's 1-2 finish by placing Harriers 1-2 in the women's division as well in 38:49. She is mounting a comeback for a strong NB Island Race Series. Look for all four of these runners to place well in the 2004 Series.
November 24, 2003
Alana Jones and Walter Cantwell
Alana was the high single winner and Walter was the top bowler at the third annual World Championships Fluff Bowling Tournament at Mayfair Lanes on Saturday night. Alana scored 167 for the top single game and Walter scored 281 for the top two-game total. The team championship was won by the 'Blue Balls' comprised of Randy Jones, John McKay and Dan Fraser. There were 7 teams and 26 bowlers at the championships.
November 17, 2003
Debbie Bowker and Walter Cantwell
Debbie anchored the PIH Rockettes Reunited team to the master's championship and new course record at the Thetis Lake Relay on Remembrance Day. Her lap 5K lap time was 18:21. Walter won the Solo Division by running all four laps with an average time of 19:27 for a finishing time of 1:17:48. The Rockettes were 20th overall while Walter, running as 'The Lone Harrier', was 26th of the record 115 finishing teams. Pacific Athletics won the relay in 1:01:12, also a new course record.
November 10, 2003
Sylvan Smyth and Claire Townsend
Sylvan and Claire captained the two Harriers teams in the Haney to Harrison 100K Relay on Saturday. Sylvan's team, PIH Gong Show, placed sixth overall in open men's division in 6:08:42 while Claire's team, PIH R8R2fst4U, finished 4th in the open women's division in 7:20:50. The top men's team was The Kings of Salem from Vancouver in 5:28:45 and the top women's team was the Hersey Harriers, also from Vancouver, in 6:43:57. There were 338 teams in the race.
November 3, 2003
Running one day after placing sixth overall and top master at the RV 8K, Dave placed second overall, top master, at the 5K Turkey Trot at UVic's Centennial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day. The race was won by Mark Creery in 16:50 while Dave ran 16:53. There were 100 finishers.
October 27, 2003
Bruce Deacon, Kelvin Broad and Lise Wessels
Bruce ran uncontested and all alone, start to finish, to collect the win at the Shawnigan Half Marathon on Sunday with a time of 1:07:53. Kelvin was top master, second overall, in 1:15:59 to give the Harriers 1-2 in the men's division of the 242 finishers. Lise, fresh off her victory at Lands End Half Marathon, made it a double at Shawnigan by leading the women's field home with a time of 1:26:03, good for 13th overall. Lise was 4 1/2 minutes ahead of team mate Gwyn Woodson making the women's race a 1-2 Harrier finish as well.
October 18, 2003
On Ken Smythe's 70th birthday, Lori Bowden was quietly and confidently winning her second Hawaii Ironman World Championship with a winning time of 9:11:55. Her splits were 56:51 for the swim, 5:11:28 for the bike and 3:03:35 for the run to take the womens's title by an outstanding 10 minutes. She started the marathon in third place with a ten minute deficit to make up, and ran a tremendous second half of the 26.2 mile course. It was Lori's 12th full distance triathlon victory in races all over the world.
October 13, 2003
Nancy Baxendale, Jon Brown and Meghan Day
Nancy ran a strong marathon finishing third in the master's division, sixth female overall in 3:03:58 at the Royal Victoria Marathon Festival. Jon won his second consecutive RV Half Marathon in 1:05:16, a clear and convincing 6 1/2 minutes ahead of second place Jorge Parra of Vancouver. Meghan had a stunning RV 8K race narrowly being beaten by Switzerland's Brigitte McMahon, gold medalist in the triathlon in Australia at the 2000 Olympic Games. Yes, she is the female equivalent of Simon Whitfield. Brigitte's time was 28:56, Meg's was 29:01 while pre-race favourite Barb Brych placed third in 29:25.
October 6, 2003
Steve led the 6,000+ field home in the Run for the Cure 5K with a winning time of 15:56. The race featured a new course starting and finishing at Ogden Point. There were 14 other Harriers in the race. Lucy Smith was the top female, third overall, in 16:42 while Wendy Davies was the top female Harrier in 20:36.
September 29, 2003
The Flyin' Finn finished second at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2:20:43. Jim was sandwiched between two Kenyans as Joseph Nderitu won the race in 2:17:50 while Joseph Mutinga Mbithi finished third in 2:22:33. There were 731 finishers in Toronto. Jim's 2:20 finish was only his second marathon after making a debut in May in Ottawa with a 2:19.
September 22, 2003
Rob Grant and Carlos Castillo
The Harrier deadly distance duo of Rob and Carlos placed first and second overall in the 56K Great Lake Walk around Cowichan Lake on Saturday. Rob finished in 4:50:59 for a new course record while Carlos finished in 5:07:05 after leading for a good portion of the race. There were 649 runners and walkers to finish.
September 15, 2003
Sandy Anderson, Robert Bostrom and Jim Sargent
Sandy won 9 medals, Robert won 4 and Jim won 4 at the B.C. Senior Games. Sandy won gold in the pole vault, high jump, shot put and discus and silver in the javelin, long jump, pentathlon and two relays. Jim took gold in the 80 year old division for 5,000 metres in 27:18, gold in 400 metres, and silver in the 200 and 800. Robert took silver in the 5,000 with a P.B. by 30 seconds and bronze in the 1,500, 800 and relay.
September 8, 2003
Joan McGrath and Rob Grant
Joan was top female Harrier, top master and second female overall at the Lands End Half Marathon on Sunday. She finished in 1:22:44, 13th overall of the 223 finishers. Rob was top male Harrier and won the M55 division by a staggering 12 minutes, 30 seconds. His time of 1:24:34 also beat the top M50 runner by 12 minutes. He was 16th of 223.
September 1, 2003
Steve Bachop and Ian Hallam
The 6th Annual Harriers Songhees 5K saw Harriers Steve and Ian place 1-2 in 16:30 and 16:35 respectively. Harriers Steve Murenbeeld and Dave Reed took 3rd and 4th. There were 115 finishers on a beautiful sunny day with a classic boat festival taking place as a backdrop in the Inner Harbour. The strong performances by Steve and Ian put them in good position for an encouraging race at the upcoming World Mountain Racing Championships.
August 25, 2003
Patti was the top Harrier in the forest fire ravaged, smoke-filled Okanagan at the Subaru Ironman Canada Triathlon Championship on the weekend. She finished in 13:04:43, 1,046th out of 1,871 finishers. This placed her 165th of 263 in her age category. The race was won by Raymond Tissnik in 8:35:11 while Lisa Bentley was top female, 21st overall, in 9:21:18. Harrier Mike Stone was 1,387th in 13:35:15.
August 18, 2003
Jon Brown and Wendy Davies
Jon won the Sound and Silence 10K race yesterday on the Lochside trail in 30:36 while Wendy was the top master and top Harrier with a season's best time of 41:37. She was 51st overall out of 271 finishers. Jon beat runner-up David Matte by 3 minutes, 20 seconds.
August 11, 2003
Steve Bachop and Ian Hallam
Steve was second in 49:03 and Ian was fourth in 50:01 at the Canmore Challenge 12K Mountain Race in Alberta on Saturday. Based on their performances, both Harriers were named to the National Team competing in the World Mountain Racing Championships on September 21 in Alaska. Phil Villeneuve won the race in 48:41. There were 194 finishers. Kelvin Broad is the Canmore Race Director.
August 4, 2003
Claire Townsend and Hillerie Denning
Claire and Hillerie finished 1-2 in the Self Transendence (Sri Chinmoy) Duathlon on Sunday. Claire finished in 2:30:03 good for 17th overall while Hillerie was 20th in 2:33:36. Hugh Trenchard won the Duathlon in 1:57:57 while Rob Hasagawa won the accompanying Triathlon in 2:06:44. Both events attracted 237 athletes.
July 28, 2003
Claire was the second female finisher at Ladysmith yesterday, narrowly being nipped by five seconds by Wendy Simms of Nanaimo, in the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race. Claire's time was 5:15:00 and she placed 20th overall out of 195 finishers including teams. The 39 kilometre event featured a kayak segment, a trek/mountain run, a mountain bike portion and finished with a beach run.
July 21, 2003
Meghan placed second overall in the women's race at the Whistler/Blackcomb 10K Mountain Race. Her time was 53:46 and 2nd position earned her a spot on the National Team competing in the World Mountain Racing Championships in Girdwood, Alaska on September 20. Syl Corbett won the women's race in 52:09 and was named to the Canadian Team along with Claire Townsend who placed fourth in 55:45. There were 86 women and 109 men for a total of 195 finishers.
July 14, 2003
Steven Shelford and Darlene Leavitt
Running the best performance of his life, Steve finished first overall in the Great Sooke 12.3K Foot Race yesterday with a winning time of 47:15. He was 23 seconds faster than second place finisher, Ian Esplen. Susan Williams won the women's race in 56:49. It was Steve's first victory for any race on Vancouver Island since he started running and a big win at that. Darlene was running her very first race in a red Harriers singlet and she topped the F30 age class in 1:01:27. She was 34th of 127 finishers and just joined the club 5 days ago.
July 7, 2003
Ian Hallam and Claire Townsend
It was a great day for Ian and Claire who were the top Harriers, the top runners and the overall Series Champions of the Gutbuster mountain races on Saturday at Mount Douglas, each winning a pair of shoes among other prizes. In a race co-hosted by the Harriers, Ian finished first in 52:11 while Claire hit the line in 1:03:13, 8th overall. There were 101 finishers in the 12K course and another 23 in the mini-Buster 5K course. 22 PIHers finished the race and 24 volunteered as course marshals and at the water station on the summit.
July 1, 2003
Sylvan Smyth and Anita Carter
Sylvan and Anita topped the club members finishing the Sidney Days 5K won by Hugh Trenchard in 16:15 and Rhonda Callender in 19:36. Sylvan was 6th in 17:32 and Anita was 38th of 154 finishers in 20:55. She was 4th in the F40 division.
June 30, 2003
Rob Smith and Adam Lawrence
Rob ran 23 hours and 21 minutes in the Western States 100 Miler on Saturday to collect the coveted sub-24 hour gold belt buckle. He was 73rd of 272 finishers that completed the course before the 30 hour cut-off. Scott Jurek won the men's race in 16:01:18 while Ann Trason won the women's race in 18:36:03, good for 8th OA. Adam placed 24th in the first annual Sooke Sprint Triathlon yesterday with a time of 1:13:39. He was second in the M30 division. The race was won by Sean Marlowe in 1:10:19. There were 103 finishers.
June 23, 2003
Sylvan Smyth and Patti Walsh
Sylvan teamed up with Carolyn Murray and Rhonda Callender to collect 2nd place in the Rec. Mixed teams division in the New Balance Half Ironman Triathlon yesterday. Their time was 4:44:14 and the winners were MacDonald/Trenchard in 4:22:12. The individual winner of the race was Mike Flegel in 4:14:04. Patti was the top Harrier female finisher in 6:08:20. This placed her 386th of the 533 finishers.
June 16, 2003
Steve had an impressive preformance by winning the B.C. Road Cycling Championships by 2 minutes in Vancouver yesterday. Known as a strong trail runner, Steve is a former winner of the Gunner Shaw Cross Country Classic and would have nailed the victory in the Mt. Tzouhalem Gutbuster race in Maple Bay had he not gone off course in the last mile costing him the win. He settled for second place once he found his way back to the course. Obviously a great two sport guy.
June 9, 2003
Claire Townsend and Wilf Dreyer
Claire was top female at the Westwood Plateau Gutbuster mountain race in Nanaimo on Saturday finishing in 1:01:26. She was 19th overall. Steve Osaduik won the men's race in 47:33. Wilf, running his first mountain race, finished in 1:16:34, good for 76th overall of the 116 finishers in the 11K long course. There were another 32 finishers in the 6K short course.
June 1, 2003
Sandi Begg and Krista Mitchell
Sandi and Krista placed 1-2 overall in the women's division of the Firefighters 10.2K race at Beaver Lake won by Rob Crawford in 36:36. Sandi placed 16th of the 194 finishers in 34:35 and Krista finished 17th in 43:51. Both won their respective weight categories.
June 1, 2003
Chad DePol and Claire Townsend
Chad finished second to winner Nik Southwell in the Panorama Classic Duathalon today. Nik's time was 1:23:05 while Chad finished in 1:29:37. Claire won the women's race in 1:48:48 beating second place finisher Sara McKenzie by over 6 minutes.
May 25, 2003
Mike Lord finished second overall to Mike Stone in the hilly, inaugural Saltspring Splash Half Marathon yesterday. Stone finished in 1:19:14 while Lord hit the tape in 1:21:57. There were 87 finishers in the Half and another 89 finishers in the accompanying 10K.
May 19, 2003
Mike continued his strong spring performances in multi-sports by winning his age class at the Bare Bones Duathlon in Penticton and the following week collecting the M65 gold medal in the North Shore Triathlon in Vancouver.
May 12, 2003
Claire was the second female finished and 11th overall of 300 racers at the Mt. Tzouhalem/Maple Bay Adventure Race consisting of kayaking, trekking, a beach run, orienteering and mountain biking. Her time was 5 hours, 11 minutes, 14 seconds. Jim Loewen, of Nanaimo, won the men's race in 4:34:13 and Carla Barras, of North Vancouver, won the women's race in 4:59:00.
May 5, 2003
Helena Watling and Jim Sargent
Helena won the master women's championship in the New Balance Island Series and did it in dramatic fashion, by leaving it to a convincing victory in the ninth and final race at the Oceanside 10K yesterday. She beat Parksville's Laurie Ritchie by 1 minute 35 seconds (25 points) enabling her to snatch the title from Ritchie who led for the first 8 races. In the end, the F40 Division was won by a meager .8 points. In her best 5 races Helena averaged 670.6 points to Laurie's 669.8. On the other hand new, old member at 80 years old, Jim Sargent, collected his highest points total, 476 at Oceanside, of the 7 Series races he participated in. He won the M75 to M99 Division convincingly!
May 3, 2003
Rob was our top club runner placing third overall in the Harriers Elk/Beaver 50K National Championship on Saturday. The 50K was won by Brendan Brazier, of North Vancouver, in 3:19:18. Jim Swadling, also of North Vancouver, placed second in 3:32:39. Rob's time was 4:05:14. There were 19 finishers in the 50K Division.
April 28, 2003
Bruce Deacon, Chad DePol, Kelvin Broad, Meghan Day and Lori Bowden
Bruce, Chad, Kelvin, Meghan and Lori were the first five Harriers home in the Times Colonist 10K yesterday and placed second in the team event of 24 club teams entered in the race. There were 9,981 registrations and 7,506 finishers. Bruce placed 2nd overall in 30:20, Chad was 19th in 33:06, Kelvin was 21st in 33:11, Meghan was 66th in 36:51 and Lori finished 81st in 38:11.
April 21, 2003
Wendy Davies and Claire Townsend
Both Wendy and Claire had strong races at the Merville 15K last weekend with Wendy placing second in her age division (F45) in 1:04:09 and Claire winning her age division (F25) in 1:05:30.
April 14, 2003
New member and a Tuesday night regular, Mike Lord, placed 12th overall in a star-studded field of the Diez Vista 50K on the mainland in his very first ultramarathon on Saturday. The race was won by Western States 100 Mile winner, Scott Jurek, in 4:25:27. Hawaiian Ironman Champion, Peter Reid, was second in 4:33:14. Michael's time was 5:24:18. There were 138 finishers at Diez Vista.
April 14, 2003
Meghan Day and Jon Brown
Meghan continued with her strong performances in the Island Series by winning the Merville 15K in 58:03, 13th overall of 287 finishers and top Harrier. Her victory solidified the women's Series Championship. Jon finished 3rd overall out of a record 49,734 entries in the massive Sun Run on Sunday. His time of 29:09 was a mere 21 seconds behind the winner, Kenyan Paul Koech (second ranked in the world for 10,000 metres) and 14 seconds behind second place Jeff Schiebler of Japan.
April 7, 2003
Claire Townsend and Steve Bachop
Both Claire and Steve nailed silver medal performances by finishing second overall in the women's and men's divisions of the Gutbuster 11K Mountain Race at Mt. Tzouhalem, near Duncan, on Saturday. Claire, a seasoned mountain biker, ran a brilliant technical downhill portion of the race to finish 20th out of 120 finishers in 1:08:18. She beat the third place female by a staggering 4 minutes. Steve, on the other hand, built up a sizeable two minute lead in the race by tackling the uphill portions with a vengeance to pull away from Kelvin Broad and Jason Sandquist. On the downhill 4K finish, Kelvin caught up to Steve but, unfortunately, the pair of Harriers missed a fork in the trail and went off-course for well over two minutes. This allowed Sandquist to slip by and claim the victory in 57:27. By the time Bachop and Broad recovered from their mistake by back-tracking, they now finished 2nd and 3rd overall with respective times of 59:10 and 59:17.
March 31, 2003
Graeme ran the fastest Island Series race of his life at the Sooke River 10K clocking 39:34 and amassing 697 points, his highest ever point total. Of the 21 Series races he has completed, it was clearly Graeme's best effort winning his M15 age class and beating the second place female overall, Kathy Rung. On a somewhat difficult and challenging Sooke course, he averaged 6:22 per mile which was 7 seconds faster per mile than he ran at the Bazan Bay 5K and the UVic 5K, which are much flatter courses. It was the first time that he has broken 40 minutes for 10K, in fact before Sooke, he had never run under 20 minutes for 5K. Now he has back-to-back sub-20 5K splits!
March 24, 2003
Running his first race as a Prairie Inn Harrier, Ian made an excellent debut in the non-Series UVic 5K race yesterday. He placed 10th overall of the 99 finishers in 19:12 and was top master, over 40, and the first Harrier of the six club members who participated at UVic. The race was won by Trevor O'Brien in 15:13.
March 17, 2003
Tim Tanton, Bob Flindell and Bob Janicki
Tim, Bob and Bob all recorded Half Marathon personal bests yesterday at Comox and the three also scored a record high number of points in the 2003 Island Series of the six races to date. Tim was second Harrier finished, 5th in his age category, 21st OA, with a time of 1:20:44. This was 1 minute, 8 seconds faster than his Landsend time of last year. Bob F. lowered his race time a staggering 7 minutes from his 2001 Comox Half Marathon time and another 4 minutes from his P.R. set at Comox last year. His 1:24:38 yesterday placed him first in his age category, 30th OA, and he was 4th Harrier to finish. Bob J. clocked 1:27:34, about a minute and a half faster than his 2002 Royal Victoria Half Marathon time of 1:29:08. He was 5th in his age division, 45th OA, and 5th Harrier to hit the tape. Indications are good and training plans are in place for a sub-3 hour marathon for Bob J., sub-2:55 for Bob F. and sub-2:50 for Tim in October at the RVM, three more P.R.'s!
March 10, 2003
Rui Batista, Hillerie Denning, Chad DePol
Rui not only collected a gold medal for the first time at the Bazan Bay 5K, but he jumped his points total from 666 at Pioneer to 725 at Bazan. He upped his pace per mile from 6:33 at Pioneer to 5:50 today at Bazan and moved from 108th overall to 46th. That is some improvement! Hillerie came within a whisker of winning gold at Bazan by finishing with the same time as team mate Laura Leno in the F45 division. She was only one step behind Laura, her closest finish ever, and collected a record 650 points after running all five Series races this year. Chad gutted out a 15:59, yes that's a 5:09 pace per mile, to finish 7th overall out of 584 Bazan Bay finishers. His training has been limited due to work but he is planning to increase his mileage in preparation for the Times Colonist 10K, a race in which he always seems to do very well with many past top ten performances.
March 3, 2003
Rui has been steadily improving every race as the Island Series progresses. Last weekend he accomplished a rare improvement that 99% of the other runners could not match - he ran the Hatley Castle 8K (a much tougher course) faster than the Pioneer 8K by 38 seconds. He improved his overall position from 108th at Pioneer to 47th at Cedar and has watched his points jump from 666 in the first race to 703 in the second race. Rui is a regular on Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings. He is an extremely good hill-climber; must be his strong cycling and skiing background.
February 24, 2003
Meghan Day and Ian Hallam
Meghan and Ian were the top two club members yesterday at the Hatley Castle 8K and collected the Bonus Buds. For the first time ever, both Meghan and Ian won their age divisions and Meghan went on to collect her first Series win. Ian's 9th place overall and Meghan's 28th place out of the 504 finishers were also their highest finish performance of the Series to date. They continue to be top candidates for the Harriers 2003 MVR.
February 24, 2003
Bob is having a tremendous New Balance Island Race Series. In the first four races he has finished 2nd, 2nd, 2nd and finally 1st in the M5054 division at the Hatley Castle 8K. He has moved up several positions overall this year compared to past years and is consistantly shining as one of PIH's top masters.
February 17, 2003
While attending her best friend Little Lisa's wedding in sunny Hawaii, Big Lisa jumped into the the Hawaiian Moons Kakena 5K and collected her first race medal ever. She was tenth woman overall and finished third in the F35 age division. There were 130 finishers and Lisa was 37th overall with the winner receiving a hundred bucks.
February 10, 2003
Helena had a tremendous race at Cedar yesterday finishing second in her age division, narrowly being nipped by Bastion's Kim Gagliano for top master overall. Helena moved up 35 positions overall from Mill Bay to Cedar and had some high profile women behind her. For the first time in any Series race, she finished ahead of Charlene Waldner and Gwyn Woodson.
February 3, 2003
Ian Hallam and Meghan Day
Both new members, Ian and Meghan had very impressive performances at Mill Bay last Sunday. Ian was 14th overall, second in his age group in 34:05 (5:29/mi.) and Meghan was fourth female, first in her age category in 36:49 (5:56/mi.). Look for continued solid performances from these two Harriers and they will perhaps be the top male and female from the club in the New Balance Island Series following the last race in Parksville.
February 3, 2003
Brian Mader ran the Las Vegas Half Marathon on Sunday in 2:14:13 - not too shabby for a man who suffered a serious stroke on April 8, 2001! He placed 66th of 89 finishers in the M60 division, won by Nanaimo's Bill Hollingshead in 1:28:55. Congratulations Brian on a tremendous comeback!
January 27, 2003
The Flyin' Finn ran a spectacular Mill Bay 10K yesterday recording the second fastest time in the 15 year history of the event by winning in 30:14. Jim was a clear 1 minute 25 seconds ahead of the second place finisher Brent McMahon and almost 2 minutes ahead of last year's Series Champion, Steve Osaduik. The Mill Bay 10K replaced the challenging Cherry Point 10K in 1988 and Dave Campbell set the course record of 30:11 one year later in 1989.
January 20, 2003
Mike Stone and Sandi Begg
Mike and Sandi were selected as the Gunner Shaw Most Valuable Runners at the annual club awards presentations on Tuesday. It was Sandi's second consecutive MVR recognition and Mike's first after coming off his best ever year of racing.
January 13, 2003
Judith Leroy and Meghan Day
New members, Judith and Meghan, were the top two Harriers home at the Pioneer 8K and both won the Bob's Bonus Buds. Judith was second to Lucy Smith in 28:32 and Meghan, running her first race in three years after starting a family, ran 5th overall in 29:45 for an average pace of 5:59 per mile. Look for a strong Series from these two new Harriers.
January 13, 2003
Jon ran a brilliant 23:18 Pioneer 8K yesterday to record the second fastest time ever on the Central Saanich course in the last 23 years. His average pace per mile was 4:41 and he collected 932 points, the highest total since the point rating system was introduced into the Island Series.
January 5, 2003
Vastly improved Dave is a regular with the noon Y Rail gang on weekdays, Thetis Lake on Saturdays, Hartland Trails on Sundays and Cedar Hill speed and power sessions on Tuesdays. With his strong and regular training base, expect to see fast race times from Dave in the 2003 Island Series.
January 1, 2003
Bill showed immaculate sense of pace as he won the Harriers New Year's Day Memorial Predicted Time 10K at Beaver Lake. He finished with only 11 seconds left on the clock.