McMillan top 10 on Coast 

fool's run draws dedicated Whistlerites

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - resort runners Whistler's keenest runners were on the Sunshine Coast April 7 for the annual 21km Fool's Run.
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  • resort runners Whistler's keenest runners were on the Sunshine Coast April 7 for the annual 21km Fool's Run.

A group of just over 500 runners gathered last weekend for the annual rust-busting event on the Sunshine Coast known as the April Fool's Run.

More than 20 Sea to Sky residents crossed Howe Sound to participate in the half marathon race from Gibsons to Davis Bay. Ashley McMillan of Whistler proved to be the fastest corridor resident of the day with his time of one hour, 18 minutes and 28 seconds. McMillan's time was the seventh fastest under a cloudy sky and cool temperatures.

McMillan's time was slower than in previous years but he noted his training focus has changed as he's preparing for Ironman Canada in Whistler this August.

"Normally by this point coming into a half (marathon) I would have done a lot more mileage and a lot more speed work," said McMillan. "My expectations going in were a little lower."

Despite that he said he felt strong and he felt good.

"It is a cool event," McMillan said of the Sunshine Coast race. "There's a hardcore group of us that like to go."

Nicholas Browne of Vancouver set the race standard with his time of 1:10:34 while Lisa Brooking of Langley was the fastest woman in 1:21:18.

James Newby of Squamish was 10 minutes behind McMillan in 25th place overall.

While McMillan and Newby finished top 25, John Blok of Whistler and Tim Moore from Squamish won podium positions in their age groups with times just over 90 minutes. Blok finished second amongst men aged 55 to 59 and Moore was third in the 45 to 49 age group.

Squamish's Sean McCreanor finished the race in 1:31:46 and showed up in the results as the winner of the 70 plus age category. There was a mistake in McCreanor's case as he isn't even close to being 70 years old.

Julie Miller of Squamish was the fastest Sea to Sky woman with her time of one hour and 46 minutes.

Connie Sobchak was the lone runner from Pemberton and she completed the course in two hours and one minute.

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