Valley runners lead the pack at Cobble Hill 10k

Several runners from the Cowichan Valley were among the top finishers at the Cobble Hill 10K on Sunday, Jan. 26.

At 35 minutes and 46 seconds, Richard Light of the host CeeVacs Road Runners had the best time among local entries, and placed third in the M40-44 division. Two other Valley runners won their respective divisions: Nancy Baxendale in F50-54 at 42:04 and Nyah Miranda in F01-15 at 42:41.

Starting and finishing at George Bonner Elementary School, the race attracted 577 entries. Craig Odermatt of Victoria won the event with a time of 33:29, while Lucy Smith topped the women’s field in 36:08.

"Clear skies and cool temperatures made for great conditions and fast racing yesterday,

resulting in several age category course records with many runners achieving their personal best times for the distance as well," race director Ian Milne said. "I would like to thank all our sponsors and of course our 60 volunteers who helped make the event a success. Our objective was to deliver a safe, enjoyable, well organized event and I believe we achieved that. Congratulations to both Lucy and Craig, proving that age and treachery can overcome youth and enthusiasm."

Other Valley runners with topthree results included Sophie Miranda (second in F01-15), Cate Broere (third in F01-15), Kaiden Coughlan (third in M01-15), Lena Breitkreuz (third in F16-19), Yonden Sherpa (second in M16-19), Danny Jones (third in M16-19), and Janine Frank (second in F55-59).