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Plaxton defends Cheakamus Challenge title



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Allison finished the Cheakamus Challenge in 3:44:23, or ninth overall. Hayden Drygas of Team Squamish placed second in 4:22:44, while Erik Mulder placed a close third in 4:23:35.

Whistler’s Max Horner finished in 4:59:09 after a series of mechanical problems left him without a chain on a long section of the course.

In the Men’s 19 to 29 category, Yu Takenouchi of Japan placed first in 3:25:37, followed by Whistler’s Jonny Lloyd in 3:50:10. Josh Stott of Pemberton was third in 3:59:11.

Also from Whistler, Jody Edgar was eighth in 4:33:27.

In Men’s 30 to 39, Mike Boehm was first in 3:26:02, follow by Brian Cimmiyotti of Oregon. Trevor Hopkins was third in 3:51:39.

Rounding out the top-30, Pemberton’s Russ Wood was fifth in 3:52:54, just over a minute back of Hopkins. Duncan Munro of Whistler placed 21 st overall in 4:25:29, while Julian Base was 30 th in 4:43:00.

Eric Crowe won the men’s 40 to 49 race in 3:42:55, more than eight minutes faster than the 3:51:16 time posted by Rod Dagneau of North Vancouver. Mike Charuk of Whistler was third in 3:54:28, Richard Potter was fifth in 3:58:01, Keith McIvor was eighth in 4:09:56, Ken Kozel 10 th in 4:15:05, Brent Murdoch 11 th in 4:17:28, and Graeme Fitch 28 th in 4:47:37, rounding out the top-30.

In Men’s 50-Plus, William Letham of North Vancouver placed first in 4:13:58, followed by Whistler’s Scott Brunning in 4:26:30. Salmon Arm’s Chuck Connor was third in 4:49:42. Dave Thornhill was sixth in 5:11:35, Mike Hawes 16 th in 5:45:53, and Francis Chaisson 20 th in 6:39:30.

On the women’s side, Fanny Paquette won the 19 to 29 age group in 4:34:31, followed by Lina Augaitis is 5:02:32.

In Women’s 30 to 39, Sarah O’Byrne placed first in 4:57:68, followed by Jennifer Garrett in 5:02:48, and Tara Walsh in 5:04:46.

Tamara Geoppel of Carcross won the 40 to 49 category in 4:58:19, followed by Penny Klossen in 5:07:42, and Linda Dufour of Yellowknife in 7:00:39.

Lois Marquart of Tacoma, Washington rode alone in the Women’s 50-Plus category, finishing in 6:54:50.

In the Short Course, which started at the Whistler Bungee bridge and joined the race in progress in the Calcheak Forest Service campground, Jesse Melamed was the top junior in 2:25:43, followed by Mark Burrill of Burnaby in 3:02:44, and Jordan Heyes of North Vancouver in 3:26:20. Whistler’s Alex Gershon, 10, rode the course with his father in 5:28:46.