Hans Aabye (M35-39) captured his second IRA race in a row, and third of the year in a time of 35 minutes flat, defeating Graham Hood (M40-44) of Kelowna by 50 seconds. Aabye had won the Campus Half last week, and this marks the second time this year he has gained the podium on consecutive weeks in IRA races. Finishing third was Chad Reid (M35-39) of Kelowna in 36:30.
Stacey Cleveland (F35-39) took her second consecutive women’s title at the race in 40:43, easily defeating Tiffany Fowler (F40-44) of Kelowna and Marie-Josee Bedard (M40-44) of Merritt, who battled it out for second, with Fowler defeating the younger Bedard 44:04 to 44:07. Bedard had previously edged out Delilah Topic (F30-34, who finished fifth this time) to win the River’s Spring Run Off a month ago.
Turning to the age graded results, Lynda Proce (F55-59) finally gained the top spot by finishing in 47:52, good for 37:42, to defeat Jill Lawson (F50-54) of North Vancouver, who ran 44:38, good for 38:04 age-graded and Patricia Riegel (F65-69)) of Vernon, who recorded 56:17, good for 40:02. Race winner Cleveland was relegated to fifth.
On the men’s side, last year’s winner of the Greenaway Trophy, Penticton’s Sergio Pio (M45-49) took the title. Pio, who finished seventh overall in 37:41, defeated Hood by seven seconds in 33:30, with Aabye third at 34:15.