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Starting Block 10K Run 2013

With a spate of mild weather over the recent past, the course was very snow-free and in great running shape, and some fast times were posted. For only the second time I can remember, the overall winner on age grading was a woman, with 2011 Runner of the Year Liz Borrett (F70-74)claiming the honour by clocking 53:13 at age 74, which graded out at 32:38, to break her age group record set last year. Liz has run faster every year she has run this race, what an inspiration! Jack Miller (M65-69) was the top man on age-grading, running 44:11 at age 67, which graded out at 33:22, to break his age group record set last year. These performances overshadowed the winners on clock time, Hans Aabye (M35-39) of Merritt,who ran 34:17, and Jessica Hannah (F30-34) of Kelowna, who ran 38:57. For Hannah, it was her third overall victory in the race, and for Aabye, whose nemesis John Machuga chose to run the First Half in Vancouver, it was his second victory at Lavington. Aabye's time was also an age-group record, besting the time set by Tom Evans in winning the race in 2004.

Aabye finished a close second on age-grading, at 33:33, while Hannah was relegated to sixth in 38:40. A pair of Nathans filled out the men's podium, with Nathan (Vernon) Champness (M30-34)coming in at 34:43, and Nathan (Kelowna) Reiter (M30-34) recording 34:51. Scoring third on age grading, and first in his group was Kelowna's Randy Werger (M50-54) in 34:39 from a clock time of 40:35. Eleven runners broke 40 minutes, with the final one being James Mundall of Salmon Arm (M30-34) who recorded 39:53 to take fifth in his division. Mundall's twin brother Timothy finished fifth overall and third in the division at 38:26. Reiter's spouse Nikki (F20-29) was fifth overall for the women.

Second overall for the women was fourteen year old Glynis Sim of Canoe, who broke the W<15 record of her sister Emmy with 40:30. Thirteen year old Hannah Bennison of Vernon finished second in that group, edging out five-time winner of the Muckle-Gader Cup, Cindy Rhodes (F55-59) 42:12 to 42:14. Rhodes consoled herself with having broken her sister Laurelee Welder's (now Nelson) age group record by almost three minutes, and with second on age-grading at 34:38. Last year's winner of the Cup, Diane Leonard (W65-69) was third in 35:10 from a 51:00 clocking, which broke Shirley Gray's age group record by over one minute. Heather Johnson (F35-39) of Fruitvale edged last year's RD Krys Pick (F30-34) by two seconds in 40:56 to score third overall woman. Other age-group course records were set by Hannah (F30-34) 38:57, and Bryce Turner of Kamloops (M<16) 40:27. Mel Doherty's consecutive race streak continued into its 22nd year, but two streaks ended, as Kathryne Flannery missed her first IRA road race since 2009, and Bill Stephens missed his first since 2010.

The temperature was variously given at -2 and -4, with virtually no wind. The earlier ice fog had lifted by race start, but the sun did not come out until the awards were over, as predicted by weatherman Mike Roberts, who attended with a cameraman for the evening news. Thank you to the Kal RATs and rookie RD Kim Young for a well-organized event with 208 finishers, down slightly from 2012.

The next race is the Lakeside 5K in Penticton on March 10. Let's have a great turnout for this event – it is a great opportunity for a PB on a flat course, and perhaps be announced by Steve King! See you there.

Rick Jenkner reporting

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