Local athletes gave half of 110 per cent last weekend, posting strong results in the 2003 New Balance Half Iron. More than 650 athletes took part, racing solo or as part of a team of three.
Held in Victoria, the event includes a 2 km swim, a 91.8 km bike and a 20 km run half of a regulation Ironman.
The top time, four hours, 14 minutes and four seconds went to Mike Flegel of Courtenay. Don King of Sidney was second in 4:14:40, followed by Murray McCutcheon of Vancouver in 4:16:13.
In the womens race, Gillian Bakker of Winfield, B.C. led the way with a total time of 4:36:20. Lucy Smith of Victoria was second in 4:46:10, and Charlene Waldner of Victoria finished third in 4:48:42.
From Whistler, Ian Goard finished 41 st overall, and 11 th out of 71 racers in the mens 30 to 34 race with a time of 4:46:44.
Paul Suter finished just two spots back, as well as fourth out of 64 in the mens 40 to 44 group. He completed the race in 4:47:56.
David Higgins was 84 th overall and 24 th in the mens 30 to 34 race with a time of 5:02:10. He was followed two seconds later by Paul Nicholas, who was 18 th in the mens 35 to 39 group.
Brandi Higgins finished in 6:20:07, and was 32 nd in the womens 30 to 34 race.
Mae Palm, racing alone in the womens 60 to 64 group, posted a time of 6:23:44.