Rick's Peak to Beak race report
In the last race of the 2010 IRRS, Penticton Pounder Sergio Pio capped off a very successful first year in the M45-49 division by finishing second overall (1:02:27) to local runner Trevor Haaheim (M35-39) who ran 59:40. The former three-peat winner of the Okanagan International Marathon also finished first on age-graded time (57:32) to win his first Willis Greenaway Cup with 1359 points and a 9 point edge over Kelowna's Brian Rourke (M60-64), who had been leading the standings for several races.
Vernon's Skeets Morel(M20-29) at 1:03:52 rounded out the podium, while last year's race winner Trevor Jordan (M40-44) was fifth (1:04:55) just behind Keddi-Anne Sherbino (F20-29, 1:04:10), who took the womens laurels in her first IRS race. Vernon's Mary Edgar (F20-29, 1:14:44) took second, and Laurelee Welder (F55-59) capped off her very successful year by taking third in 1:17:21 and winning on age grading for the second race in a row (1:01:37) to finish second to her sister Cindy Rhodes (F50-54) in the standings for the Heidi Muckle-Gader Cup. (As well, from information obtained from Bill Stephens IRA History, Laurelee and Cindy each have more age category road series firsts than any other IRA runner.)
Sherbino took second age-graded (1:04:08) for a very impressive debut. Hopefully the series will see more of her next year. Linda Irvine of Salmon Arm, winner of the W55-59 division in 1:20:11 was third A-G in 1:04:45. In the mens age graded standings, Haaheim was second (58:06) and Jordan third (1:00:08). Kelowna's Chris Charbonneau made his last race in the M55-59 division his best race of the year, placing 28th overall and finishing fourth age-graded(1:03:23).
With a lot of rain recently, the vineyard portion of the race was extremely muddy and slippery, but the rain ceased before the start, so at least the runners stayed dry. Thanks to the KRC for a good event. Attendance was slightly down for the second race in a row, perhaps due to the weather, or perhaps due to the event competing with the 30th running of the Terry Fox Run.
In the final series standings (as yet unofficial), Shanda Hill took F20-29, Catherine Christie defeated Adrienne Nice by one point in F30-34, Alanna Simms won F35-39, Debbie Taylor won F40-44, and Caroline Raine in F45-49, Cindy Rhodes in F50-54, and Laurelee Welder in F55-59, all scored a perfect 210 points. (Rhodes has scored 210 points for the years 2007-2010, and did not suffer an age group loss in 2006 either. Perhaps she has never lost.) In F60-64 it was Janet Rhoddy, and for F65-69 Diane Leonard also scored 210.
On the mens side, the winners are Bryce Turner in M<16, Josh Forster in M16-19, Jason Rodine in M20-29, Glenn Lear in M30-34, Kenny Simms in M35-39 (making it a M/F sweep for the Simms family), Brian Rostek in M40-44, and Sergio Pio with a perfect score of 210 in M45-49. The closest finish was M50-54, where Ivan McKnight bested Jordan Sim 195 to 190, with neither runner choosing to run the final race. In M55-59, the victor was John Wickenheiser, and in M60-64, Brian Rourke scored a perfect 210 points for the second year in a row. In M65-69 it was Garry Bell, and in M75-79, Guenter Naumann with another perfect score of 210 for the second consecutive year.
Those runners who have not yet had enough can now segue into the XC series, with the next race the Reino Keski-Salmi Memorial 10K at Larch Hills near Salmon Arm on Sep. 26. I will not be there, and there will be no more race reports from me this year. I hope to see you at the annual banquet in Vernon on Nov. 13, where awards will be handed out, and everyone in attendance will have a chance at some nice door prizes, including, I believe, New Balance shoes and Timex watches.
Cheers, Rick Jenkner