For a second consecutive year, the Ceevacs Roadrunners finished third in the team standings for the Vancouver Island Race Series, which started in January and wrapped up last month.
The overall standings combined results from seven different events across the Island: the Pioneer 8K, Cobble Hill 10K, Cedar 12K, Hatley Castle 8K, Bazan Bay 5K, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon and Sooke River 10K.
When all was said and done, the Ceevacs had 17 members finish in the top 10 for their respective age groups.
Setting the pace for the club were Jill Ramstead and Richard Light. Ramstead placed second among all female runners and second in the F35-39 age group, as well as ninth in the overall standings, while Light was fifth in the M45-49 age group and 26th in the overall standings.
Other runners to place in the top 10 in their age groups were Teresa Lewis-Schneider (first in F50-54), Hazura Sangha (second in M80-84), Susan Marshall (third in F70-74), Cory Ramstead (fourth in M35-59), Trish Laliberte (fourth in F40-44), Janet Curley (fifth in F65-69), Pete Langelo (fifth in M55-59), Jeanne Van Der Merwe (fifth in F50-54), Colleen Vanderheide (fifth in F60-64), Brenda Niziol (sixth in F60-64), Mylisa Evans (sixth in F50-54), Belinda Kissack (sixth in F45-59), Ben Marrs (eighth in M55-59), Ken DeEll (eighth in M65-69), and John Weber (ninth in M60-64).
The Ceevacs had the second highest number of finishers in the series, including nine runners who finished all seven races. About one third of the club, 38 runners, competed in at least one event, and about a quarter of the club ran at least four races, the minimum number required to be counted in the final standings.
On an individual race basis, Light was the Ceevacs’ top finisher in the Pioneer 8K, placing 49th overall and sixth in his age group. Sangha was second in his division, while Cory Ramstead, Laliberte and Marshall all finished third in their divisions.
On their home turf in the Cobble Hill 10K, Light again had the best overall finish at 27th, and was sixth in his age group. Jill Ramstead, Lewis-Schneider and Sangha finished second in their age groups.
Light was 24th overall and fifth in his age group in the Cedar 12K. Jill Ramstead and Lewis-Schneider won their divisions, and Sangha was second in his.
Langelo had the Ceevacs’ best overall result in the Hatley Castle 8K at 65th overall and fifth in his division. Niziol, Marshall and Sangha placed second in their groups, and Lauren Reimer finished third in the F55-59 group.
Light was back in front of the Ceevacs pack for the Bazan Bay 5K, where he finished 46th overall and sixth in his age group. Lewis-Schneider won her age group, as did Jim Silvester in the M90-99 division, and Sangha placed second in his group.
Langelo had the Ceevacs’ top overall finish in the Comox Half Marathon, 81st overall and fifth in his age group. Sangha was the top finisher in his division, while Lewis-Schneider was second in hers, and Laliberte and Curley placed third in theirs.
Finally, Cory Ramstead had the top overall result in the Sooke 10K, placing 23rd overall and third in his division. Not far behind, at 28th overall, was Jill Ramstead, who won her division. Shannon Lebeuf (F45-49) and Lewis Schneider had first-place finishes in their age groups, Laliberte and Sangha were second in theirs, and Barbara Scarfe finished third in F65-69.
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