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Lakeside 5K Report – Mar. 10, 2013

Another perfect day for running made for fast times for the second race in a row, and a race record 297 runners finished as the series moved to the south Okanagan for race #2. John Machuga (M30-34) ran his first IRA race of the season and took up where he left off in 2012, winning in 15:56. Machuga is undefeated in his last six races. For the second year in a row, Hans Aabye (M35-39) was outsprinted at the finish, this time by local runner Eddie Smith (M30-34), who took second place by two seconds in 16:21.

Five women broke 20 minutes, led by Jessica Hannah (F30-34) of Kelowna in 18:28 for her second win in a row. Second was fourteen-year-old Glynis Sim of Canoe in 18:41, with Nikki Reiter (F20-29) third in 18:52. Thirteen-year-old Hannah Bennison of Vernon was a close fourth in 18:58 with Glynis' older sister Emilyn fifth in 19:34.

Doug Alward (M55-59) of Chilliwack, best known in Penticton for his memorable duel with Sergio Pio in the 2005 Peach City Marathon, sprinted off the line and briefly held the race lead, and then just failed to reach his goal of a sub-18 minute time with 18:02 for eighth overall. His effort was enough to take the age-graded victory with a rating of 15:10, with Bruce Wark (M60-64) of Merritt second in 15:17 from a 19:10 clock time. Machuga was relegated to third on age-grading with 15:41.

Last year's two top women again led the women's age-graded results, with Liz Borrett (F70-74) clocking 25:38, rated at 15:43, and Diane Leonard (F65-69) clocking 24:29, good for 16:53. Bennison pipped Glynis Sim for third, 17:34 to 17:36, with winner Hannah rated at sixth. Competition is improving throughout the age groups, which is great to see, and we are attracting some younger runners as well, with 5 of the top 8 women under age twenty.

Thanks to rookie Race Director Geoff Waterman, the Penticton Pounders, and the Lakeside Resort for a good event. The day was overcast, with temperature about 6 degrees and only mild wind. The series now moves to Kamloops for the River's Spring Run Off on March 17. See you there!

Rick Jenkner reporting

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