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Penticton Lakeside Resort 5K

Results for the 2008 Penticton Lakeside have been posted, as well as Dirk's photos of the event. Many close finishes in today’s race. Too bad we don’t have a video of the first few minutes of the finish! Only twenty-two seconds separated the first five men and in the women’s division, it was closer yet, with the first five crossing the line just sixteen seconds apart.

For the women, it was Chantelle Deacon (F16-19) of Vernon taking top spot in 19:29, ten seconds faster than her last year’s second place finish. Tracey Pope (F40-44) of Naramata was second in 19:35. Women’s front runner, Shannon Thompson (F20-29) of Kelowna, lost out in the final few clocking in at 19:37 followed closely by Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) of Kelowna (19:40) and Stacey Butterfield of Penticton (F30-34) in 19:45.

First place overall went to a ‘new kid on the block’ Theodore Hunt (M20-29) of Vancouver, but now attending university in Kelowna. His 16:41 finish was just two ticks ahead of Penticton’s Tom Evans (M40-44) with Tom just three seconds better than Greg Johnson’s of Vernon (M30-34) 16:47 third place finish. Kelowna’s Connor Clerke (M16-19) 16:57 and Rory Switzer (M45-49) 17:03 were fourth and fifth.

Another close finish was in the men’s 60-64 category where Jack Wessel and Ellis Andrews ran stride for stride for the last mile with only one second separating them at the finish. The younger of the two prevailed in a time of 19:30. Third place in that category went to Ed Ansems of Terrace who finished in 19:40.

Three race age category scoring womenand age category scoring men have also been posted.

The men's age-graded Lakeside 5K results show the older of the dueling duo, Ellis Andrews of Penticton, first with a time of 15:17 ahead of Rory Switzer (15:24), Connor Clerke (15:42), Jack Wessel (15:49) and Ed Ansems (also 15:49). The three race age-graded men's scoring has Ivan McNight (M40-45) on top, followed by Steve Briggman (M45-49) and Mike Braid (M55-59).

The women's age-graded Lakeside 5K results show Cindy Rhodes continuing her 2008 age-graded first place series sweep with a time of 17:12. Laurelee Welder, (F50-54) of Kelowna ranks second in 17:17 and Diane Leonard (F60-64) of Kelowna is third in 18:19. Westbank’s Astrid Varga (F55-59) holds fourth in 18:23 and Chantelle Deacon fifth (18:36).

The three race age-graded women's scoring has Cindy Rhodes first, Diane Leonard second and Janet Rhoddy (F55-59) third.

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