Oliver Wine Capital of Canada 10K
This was a record turn-out (232) for the Oliver 10K. Hats off to Jack and his crew, the sponsors, and the weatherman for their contribution in achieving that number - and thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to those who ran personal bests.
Olly Piggin (M30-34) of Penticton prevailed over last year's winner Scott Tremblay (M35-39) of Kaledin to take top spot overall with a time of 34:03. Tremblay's time of 34:21 was a personal best of seven appearances at this race. Tom Miche (M20-29) of Kelowna, absent from series races since 2007, was third in 34:07.
Mel Bos (F35-39) of Kelowna was first in the women's division, in 39:48, with last year's winner Sarah Clark (F40-44) of Vernon, taking second in 40:10. Shannon Thompson (F20-29) of Kelowna finished third in 41:13.
In the womens's age-graded division, Laurelee Welder of Kelowna, made it three series race age-graded wins in row with a time of 36:08. Shirley Gray (F65-69) of Summerland, running the course for the first time was second in 36:33 and Sarah Clark third in 38:46.
The women's four race age-graded scoring has Laurelee Welder first with 795 points, Patricia Riegel (F60-65) of Vernon second with 736 points and Kathleen Yanke (F65-69) of Salmon Arm third with 719 points.
The men's age-graded division had Rory Switzer (M45-49) of Kelowna making it two in a row with a time of 31:51 ahead of the 2009 age-graded series winner Ellis Andrews (M65-69) of Penticton, who finished in 32:38. Allan Kerr (M65-69) of Penticton took third in 32:47.
Kelowna runners presently hold the top three spots in the men's four race age-graded scoring with Rory Switzer first with 787 points, Peter Pollhammer (M65-69) second with 748 points and Ivan McKnight (M50-54) third with 723 points.