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2011 Starting Block 10K

The 2011 IRA season got underway Feb. 13 in Lavington with the 38th running of the race now called the Starting Block 10K. Jeff Symonds (M20-29) continued his domination of the past few years, winning for the fourth year in a row in a time only 11 seconds off his course record, while Keddi-Anne Sherbino (F20-29), running the race for the first time, set a new women's record of 37:23, and was sixth overall.

The top runners sorted themselves quickly, and maintained their positions until the finish, with Tom Michie (M20-29) second in 34:47 and local runner Nathan Champness (M20-29) third in 35:27.

Three-time winner Sarah Clark (F40-44) finished second in 40:09, and fourteen- year-old Emmy Sim repeated the feat of her sister Glynis last year by breaking the F<16 record in finishing third in

The age-graded results featured some familiar faces and one new face, Liz Borrett of Kelowna (first, F70-74, 56:50) who took the title in 36:05. The ladies who staged that great sprint finish last year, Shirley Gray and Diane Leonard, took the next two spots, Gray (second, F65-69, 54:02) second at 36:40, and the younger Leonard (first, F65-69, 52:04) third at 37:02. For the men, Rory Switzer (first, M50-54) made a strong statement in besting race winner Symonds 31:52 to 32:22. Switzer, who doesn't turn 50 until August, smashed his 45-49 course record by over a minute in running 36:09 for fourth overall. Brian Rostek of Kamloops (first, M40-44, 36:23, fifth overall) took third in 34:08.

While the ground remains snow-covered in the north Okanagan, the course was in fairly good shape, mostly bare with icy patches. The temperature was a mild 5 degrees or so, and an early wind had dropped by race start, although the sun did not re-emerge until after the awards ceremony. Our new database program was used for the first time with generally favourable reviews, although no program will be able to eliminate the human error factor. Thanks to race directors Ginny Sellars and Krys Pick and a large enthusiastic crew of volunteers for a well organized and enjoyable event. Thank you as well to the more than 160 people who used the on-line entry for the SB10K.

Our next event is the Lakeside 5K in Penticton on March 6. For this race we will be testing the on-line signup from Zone4. Still no extra charge for on-line signup, and still available from the link on this page. See you there!

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