Sea to Sky runners light up Victoria 

Brenda Baker first in category, 130th overall

A solid core of local runners headed to Victoria on Sunday for the annual Royal Victoria Marathon and Half Marathon, enjoying a beautiful fall day and near-perfect running conditions.

Rankings are based on actual times, but all results in this article are based on chip time, which is the most accurate measure.

Whistler's Brenda Baker was the top local in the full 42.2 km marathon, finishing first in the women's 55 to 59 category, as well as 130 th overall out of over 2,300 runners and 15 h among women. Her chip time was 3:08:00, averaging a kilometre every four minutes and 28 seconds. Even more impressive, the second place finisher in her category was over 35 minutes slower in 3:43:25.

Ben Biswell placed 185 th overall and 20 th in male 25 to 29, finishing the run with a chip time of 3:13:27. Biswell's result was also impressive, given that this is his first year running and less than three weeks earlier he finished the Rubble Creek Classic trail run with some of the worst heel blisters any of the runners in that race had ever seen.

Mark Allard was 229 th overall and 39 th in male 40 to 44 with his chip time of 3:16:01.

Daniel Havens was 266 th overall and 25 th out of 187 runners in male 50 to 54 with a time of 3:18:46.

Ondrea Ross placed 406 th overall and 13 th out of 157 women in the 30 to 34 age category in 3:29:24.

Robert Tan was 533 rd overall and 48 th in male 50 to 54 in 3:34:35.

Laura Pulleyblank was 37 th in female 25 to 29 in 3:44:32.

William Huckvale was 66 th in male 25 to 29 in 3:48:41.

Mark Schmidt was 85 th in male 25 to 29 in 4:01:15.

Carla Fellows was 112 th in female 40 to 44 in 4:35:03.

Taralyn Day was 153 rd in female 30 to 34 in 5:45:43.

From Pemberton, Gwendolyn Kennedy was 20 th in female 40 to 44 in 3:38:50.

Brent Williston of Squamish was 99 th in male 45 to 49 in 3:43:27.

Shannon Macleod was 35 th in female 30 to 34 in 3:47:35.

James Newby was 120 th in male 35 to 39 in 3:48:07.


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