Fast times at Golden Ears run
There were some good runs by local athletes as the Peninsula Runners hosted the Golden Ears Half Marathon on Sunday.
The course for the fourth annual event started and ended at Osprey Village in Pitt Meadows, taking participants over and back across the run’s namesake span.
The fastest local runner was Pitt Meadows resident Chase Slater, an under-20 competitor who ran the 21-km half marathon in 1:27:28. That was good for fifth overall.
The fastest time on the course was Langley’s Matthew Hidasi, in a time of 1:20.56. Runners came from across the region.
There were other strong local runners.
In the female age 20-29 class, Soraiya Abdulla of Maple Ridge was second in a time of an hour and half flat, good for was seventh overall.
In the female 30-39 class, two Maple Ridge women placed second and third – Leilani Jordan at 1:45:32 and Hannah Baerg at 1:49:53.
In the male 40-49 class, Neil Vaughan was third at 1:43:23 and Andy Joyce was right behind him at 1:43:34 in fourth.
In female 40-49, Julia Bigford was second in 1:56:59.
Jason Young of Maple Ridge won the male 50-59 class in a fast 1:34:54, and Pitt Meadows’ Geoff Hugh-Games was second in 1:39:35.
Christine Voglmaier was the only woman running the big course in the female 60-69 class, finishing the course in 2:37:40.
In the 10k run, Anna Montabello of Pitt Meadows won the female 30-39 class, the largest category with 28 competitors, in a time of 47:02.
There were also 27 runners in the female 40-49 class, and Vanessa Corke of Maple Ridge was second in 43:21. That was the eighth fastest time out of 128 athletes who ran the 10k. The fastest time on the course was Langley’s Petr Faitl, in a time of 38.31.12
Jill Lawson of Pitt Meadows was the fastest female 50-59 in 46:20:53.
In female 20-29, Jenica Robertson was third in 1:02.38. Six seconds behind her in fourth was Amber Terry of Pitt Meadows, in fourth.
Michael Pierce was the fastest male 20-29 in 56:26.
There are several more upcoming runs on the Peninsula Runners calendar, with the next being the Heritage to Hatzic Run in Mission, which offers 5 and 10 k runs on April 6.
See peninsularunners.com for details.