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Whistler Half Marathon wows runners

Two Whistler women and a Pemberton runner on top in new 10km race

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It has been a good week for runner David Jackson of Abbotsford. His time of one hour, 11 minutes and 24 seconds was the fastest half marathon time of the day on Saturday, June 1.

The win for Jackson came after he took first place at a race in Abbotsford the previous weekend.

Nicholas Brown of Vancouver finished the Whistler race in second place with a time of 1:14:39 while Ed McCarthy, also of Vancouver, did the course in 1:15:23 to claim third place.

"I got away from the other two guys on the first big uphill," said Jackson at the finish line on Saturday. "I just maintained my speed."

Jackson noted after the race that it was the fourth long distance race he's competed in already this season. He held a bit back at the Abbotsford race in anticipation of his Whistler run.

"I knew this one had a couple of good runners," Jackson said of the competitive field at the Whistler event.

Jackson and Brown didn't compete in the event last year but McCarthy did. The third place finish for McCarthy is a copy of his placing last year with a 2013 time that was faster by three minutes compared to his 2012 result.

Catrin Jones was the fastest woman in the half marathon event. She placed second last year with a time that was about three minutes faster. The Victoria runner was followed by Anne-Marie Madden of Vancouver in 1:23:46. Madden was followed a minute later by Victoria's Care Nelson.

According to Jones, the weather on Saturday was perfect for a running event.

"I was more-or-less alone at the halfway," said Jones. "I'm usually strong in the second half but I did race a marathon last weekend so my legs were definitely a little bit fatigued."

She said she paced the last kilometre with a male competitor but noted she didn't mind running much of the race on her own.

"It's kind of a nice course to be alone on, it's just so beautiful out there," Jones said.

She added that she's working toward representing Canada at the Francophone Games in France. Jones runs 10km races, half marathons and full marathons with a preference for the marathon distance, which she hopes to run at the Francophone event in September.

Tara Gorman of Whistler was the fastest woman in the 10km event with her time of 41 minutes and 40 seconds. She was followed just 13 seconds later by Laura Bestow, also of Whistler. Emma Chadsey of Pemberton completed the Sea to Sky podium sweep with her third place finish in 43:25.

The top finishers in the men's 10km race were Geoff Reid of Vancouver, followed by Whistler's Alex Katzer-Dunn in second and Christopher Drozda of Vancouver in third. Reid crossed the finish line in 37 minutes and 47 seconds while Katzer-Dun followed in 38:25.

Reid said he doesn't race as competitively as he used to, but got away from the pack early.

"Blueberry Hill is a pretty tough uphill section, and that broke up the pack pretty quickly. By the time I came back around (Alta Vista) I could see that I had a bit of a lead on the others. I just tried to keep a good pace after that," he said.

Age Group Results, Half Marathon

Women 24 and Under

1. Tamara De Paoli, Victoria — 1:37:23

2. Natalie Wood, Pemberton — 1:38:56

3. Lucy Lynch, Whistler — 1:46:51

Men 24 and Under

1. John Hazlewood, Keswick — 1:27:55

2. Naoto Kato, Whistler — 1:38:07

3. Mack Rankin, Whistler — 1:41:47

Women 25 to 29

1. Care Nelson, Victoria — 1:24:47

2. Lisa Brooking, Langley — 1:26:26

3. Victoria Ann Tonner, Whistler — 1:38:40

Men 25 to 29

1. Ed McCarthy, Vancouver — 1:15:23

2. Ben Biswell, Whistler — 1:31:19

3. Gavin Sands, Whistler — 1:31:23

Women 30 to 34

1. Catrin Jones, Victoria — 1:20:21

2. Anne-Marie Madden, Vancouver — 1:23:46

3. Amy Schneeberg, Vancoauver — 1:27:29

Men 30 to 34

1. Nicholas Browne, Vancouver — 1:14:39

2. Mike Chandler, Victoria — 1:19:16

3. Michael Doyle, Toronto — 1:20:12

Women 35 to 39

1. Sheila Ulansky, West Van — 1:34:42

2. Kristi Ringuette, Pemberton — 1:42:07

3. Tammy Wreggit, Vancouver — 1:44:46

Men 35 to 39

1. David Jackson, Abbotsford — 1:11:24

2. Jeremy Cuff, Vancouver — 1:26:51

3. Jason Loutitt, Squamish — 1:28:28

Women 40 to 44

1. Lisa Smart, Whistler — 1:32:34

2. Fiona, McQuillan Onneken, Maple Ridge — 1:35:00

3. Tracy Garneau, Jasper — 1:35:27

Men 40 to 44

1. Hicham Elamiri, Victoria — 1:25:40

2. Mark Dawson, Vancouver — 1:30:33

3. Kevin Hodder, Whistler — 1:32:19

Women 45 to 49

1. Diana Thaxter, Victoria — 1:44:57

2. Tracy Torrell, Whistler — 1:46:42

3. Nathalie Zinetti, Surrey — 1:48:18

Men 45 to 49

1. Tom St. Clair, Tumwater — 1:21:41

2. Tim Heikell, Renton — 1:29:47

3. Paul Hert, Bellevue — 1:32:26

Women 50 to 54

1. Laurel Courtenay, Vancouver — 1:45:00

2. Melanie Williams, Delta — 1:50:34

3. Sabina Lorion, Coral Gables — 1:51:38

Men 50 to 54

1. Dave Mcdowell, Jasper — 1:27:52

2. Kim Molby, North Van — 1:41:27

3. Brian Hughes, North Van — 1:43:01

Women 55 to 59

1. Marianne Corak, Pemberton — 1:49:55

2. Libby Burrell, Whistler — 1:54:29

3. Louise Meldgard, Whistler — 1:57:28

Men 55 to 59

1. John Blok, Whistler — 1:31:54

2. Mike Heiliger, Squamish — 1:38:44

3. Steve Davolt, Burien — 1:53:05

Women 60 to 64

1. Penny Youngash, Nanoose Bay — 2:08:33

2. Susan Pratt, Victoria — 2:16:35

3. Linda Nagle, Campbell River — 2:16:44

Men 60 to 64

1. Peter Bucholtz, New Westminster — 1:33:00

2. Robin Merriott, Sechelt — 1:39:50

3. Jim Budge, Whistler — 1:47:07

Women 65 to 69

1. Adrienne Hughes, North Van — 1:58:22

2. Jill Devenish, Vernon — 2:02:53

3. Agnes Benna, Vancouver — 2:28:10

Men 65 to 69

1. David Hughes, North Van — 1:47:27

2. Tony Wong, Richmond — 2:11:19

3. Greg Parnham, Campbell River — 2:12:44

Women 70-Plus

1. Elaine Moore, Abbotsford — 2:31:54

2. Eiko Sakamoto, West Van — 3:00:46

Men 70-Plus

1. Ram Tanguturi, La Grande — 3:16:33

Age Group Results, 10K

Women 19 and Under

1. Emma Chadsey, Pemberton — 43:25

2. Alexis Thind, Whistler — 50:47

3. Anika Koskela, Vancouver — 58:52

Men 19 and Under

1. Liam McDonald, Whistler — 49:08

2. Steven McCullough, Whistler — 49:24

3. Alexander Luteijn, Delta — 1:02:18

Women 20 to 29

1. Tara Gorman, Whistler — 41:40

2. Laura Bestow, Whistler — 41:53

3. Chloe Thomas, Whistler — 48:25

Men 20 to 29

1. Jamie Harte, North Van — 44:40

2. Derek Otto, Woodbury — 45:24

3. Wade Anderson, New Westminster — 46:14

Women 30 to 39

1. Christina Burke, Vancouver — 49:05

2. Michelle Moran, Whistler — 49:59

3. Sue Hartford, Surrey — 51:12

Men 30 to 39

1. Geoff Reid, Vancouver — 37:47

2. Alex Katzer-Dunn, Whistler — 38:25

3. Kyle Moen, Whistler — 43:26

Women 40 to 49

1. Karen Elliot, Whistler — 44:49

2. Amy Smith, Whistler — 46:35

3. Cyndi Bridges, Whistler — 50:26

Men 40 to 49

1. Christopher Drozda, Vancouver — 39:04

2. David Higgins, Whistler — 41:33

3. Matthew Clarkson, Whistler — 46:05

Women 50 to 59

1. Flora Ferraro, Whistler — 53:17

2. Leslie Liang, Coquitlam — 53:53

3. Grace Chadsey, Pemberton — 55:19

Men 50 to 59

1. Marek Ujejski, Whistler — 46:48

2. Murray Wooding, North Van — 46:51

3. Marvin Haasen, Whistler — 47:36

Women 60 to 69

1. Jane Clifford, Whistler — 1:11:57

2. Colleen Coccola, Brentwood Bay — 1:11:39

3. Jill Stokes, Victoria — 1:13:07

Men 60 to 69

1. William Goldstein, Whistler — 50:33

2. Richard Brown, Richmond — 58:49

3. Wayne Mitton, Kamloops — 59:31

Women 70-Plus

1. Nozomi Riddington, Victoria — 1:09:30

2. Nancy Thweatt, San Marcos — 1:11:17

Whistler riders on top at The Ranch

The annual Race the Ranch Downhill outside of Kamloops took place this past weekend, kicking off the B.C. Cup downhill series. The course is short but challenging with dusty corners and lots of air features built into the hillside.

Whistler and Squamish athletes had a good weekend overall.

From Whistler, Finn Iles won the Under 15 men's race in a time of 1:58.79, almost five full seconds ahead of the next racer. There were 18 riders in the category.

Allen Collinge was first out of 14 riders in the 19 to 29 Citizen Men in 1:52.83, 2.2 seconds ahead of the next racer. Ali Chapple and Patrick Meen also raced, placing fourth and sixth respectively.

In Senior Women 19 to 29, Whistler's Maria Darquier was first in 2:18.28, followed by Whistler's Kelsey Begg in 2:27.57.

Adrian Camposilvan was eighth out of 23 in Senior Men 19 to 29 in 1:58.53.

From Squamish, Mikayla Martin was third in Junior Women 15 to 18 in 2:45.56.

Rhys Verner dominated the Under 17 Expert Men's category in 1:49.06, over three seconds ahead of the next racer. Luke Di Marzo was fourth in the category in 1:56.42.

In Junior Expert Men 17 to 18, Jackson Lee was first in 1:44.48, five-and-a-half seconds ahead of the competition. He was also the fastest male overall, including the men's Elite category. Whistler's Bowen Irvine was 13th in the category.

Jaime Hill of Pemberton placed first in Elite Womn in 2:02.63 with a gap of almost eight seconds.

In the Elite Men's race, Whistler's Nick Geddes placed fifth overall in 1:47.60. Kip Shortreed of Squamish was 15th in 1:52.30 and Cameron Starcheski of Whistler placed 21st in 1:53.68.

The next B.C. Cup race is at Sun Peaks on July 6 and 7.