Kok wins Whistler 50 Ultra 

Whistler's Peter Armistead places third

click to enlarge PHOTO BY BRADEN DUPUIS. - REPEAT PERFORMANCE Peter Armistead's son came out to greet him as he crossed the finish line in third place at the Whistler 50 on Saturday.
  • Photo by Braden Dupuis.
  • REPEAT PERFORMANCE Peter Armistead's son came out to greet him as he crossed the finish line in third place at the Whistler 50 on Saturday.

The fourth annual Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra took place Saturday, with about 1,000 participants hitting the Valley Trail.

Vancouver's Roy Kok finished first in the 50-mile (80-km) solo Ultra with a time of six hours, 22 minutes and 32 seconds.

"It felt good. I abandoned my strategy early and it just took off," Kok said after the race.

"I sort of fell apart a little bit in the fourth lap but I was able to keep running, and yeah, it just went really well. Everything came together perfectly. It was just such a great race."

North Vancouver's Adam Way claimed second place with a time of 7:12:33, and Whistler's own Peter Armistead finished third for the second year in a row, posting a time of 7:19:19.

"It feels really good... the field was pretty strong this year," Armistead said.

"I had some cramping issues in my calves. The third lap was quite rough for me, but when people are doing a 50 miler everyone's got something bad going on, so I'm not complaining... I got through it and it was fine."

The Point Grey Royal Flush team continued its dominance over the eight-person relay, posting a time of 4:48:23 to take first place for the fourth consecutive year.

"It's something we circle on our calendars every year, and we look forward to it every year," said Nigel Hole, one of the Point Grey team members.

"Every year there's a few hiccups along the way... but we managed to pull it off, so it was good. Great event as always."

Vancouver team Very VFAC came second in the relay with a time of 5:24:23, while a team representing the Surrey Fire Service (Surrey Fire-1) finished third with a time of 5:25:13.

Full results can be found at www.startlinetiming.com.

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