The Oceanside Running Club Association was well represented at the Royal Victoria 8K and Half-Marathon held over the Thanskgiving weekend.
There were almost 20 ORCA members among the over 4000 participating runners, just happy to be running again. It was the first major in-person race since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The weather was sunny but a strong headwind slowed the times on the return lanes,” Terry Riggins said on the club’s Facebook page. “A large transitional ORCA pod showed up to represent our running club and bring home some hard-earned awards.”
In the 8 km race, eight ORCA riders were entered and five of them placed in the top 10 in their respective age groups. Jill Davies, who led the way and marked her remarkable recovery from cancer and injury, placed first in the 75-79 age group, crossing the finish line in 52 minutes and 59 seconds.
“The victory was a delicious and unexpected surprise,” Davies said.
David Beatty was second for the men aged 65 to 69 with a time of 40:45, while in the same age group for the women, Heather Beatty was third, posting a time of 41:27. Club president Paul Watson was third in the men’s 70-74 category with a time of 41:16. Dianne Darte placed fourth in the women 70-74, finishing the distance at 50:43. The other ORCA members who completed the 8k race were Shirley Wong (42:27), Kim Williamson (48:44) and Barb Low (53:11).
In the half marathon, four of the 10 competing ORCAs placed in the top 10 in their age category. Faye Amos set the tone for the club, which finished first in the 65-69 category, recording a time of one hour, 56 minutes and 25 seconds despite the headwinds. Patti Rogers placed fifth in the 60-64 class in 1:46:09. Terry Riggins was seventh in the 70-74 age group in 1:59:41 while Barb Wildman-Spencer placed eighth in the 55-59 age group in 1:51:24 .
Other ORCA riders who completed the 21 kilometer distance were Rob Watt, who set the fastest ORCA time in 1:38:45, Michael Pederson (2:03:12), Chris Greenway (2:00:33 ). Michael Gunther (1:46:40), Simon Gallimore (1:56:37) and Don Barber (2:19:41).
Christine Rivers completed her first half marathon since recovering from breast cancer. She used the event to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation. Her goal was $ 1,000 but she ended up raising $ 1,521.66.
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