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Penticton Lakeside 5K report

Congratulations to Penticton's Jeff Symonds (M20-29) for his back to back wins in both The Starting Block and the Lakeside. (And considering the wintery conditions congratulations to anyone who completed either of those races!) Jeff finished the Lakeside in a time of 16:08. Conner Clerke of Kelowna (M16-19) ran second in 16:54, ahead of Tom Evans (M40-44) of Penticton who crossed in 17:06.

In the women's division, Penticton runners took the two top spots, with only ten seconds separating the first three. Adrienne Stedford (F20-29) crossed first in a time of 20:12. Stacey Cleveland (F30-34) placed second in 20:17, with Shannon Thompson (F20-29) of Kelowna taking third in 20:22.

In the men's age-graded division, newcomer to Series racing, Bruce Wark (M55-59) of Merritt, claimed top spot in a time of 15:35. Bruce ran second to Jack Miller in this division in The Starting Block 10K. Rory Switzer of Kelowna, last year's runner up, in the very close battle for the Willis Greenaway Cup, was a close second in this one too, with a time of 15:46. Sixteen year old Connor Clerke had his clock time reduced by a full minute finishing third with an age-graded time of 15:55.

The women's age-graded division saw, Kelowna's Laurelee Welder, last year's runner up for the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup, take top spot in 17:58. Fifteen year old, Sarah Bailey of Vernon, who finished fourth overall in the women's division, was second with a time of 19:36. Kelowna's, Diana Leonard (F60-64), who finished third overall in the 2008 a-g series, took third again with a time of 19:42. A mention too, of the fourth place finisher, Elisabeth Morf (F65-69) of Penticton, also a new comer to Series racing who scored an a-g time of 19:50.

Thanks to all who contributed in making the 2009 Lakeside 5k a successful event. A special thanks to Timex for providing the draw prize watches. The next race in the series is the The River's Spring Run Off, in Kamloops, this Sunday March 15th. Mail in registration forms are available with the link to the left, as well as the link for on line registration.

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