Iles second in Fort William 

Sports briefs: Locals win divisions at BC Enduro; Be Fearless Marathon makes successful debut

FILE PHOTO BY DAN FALLOON
  • File photo by Dan Falloon

Finn Iles hit the UCI junior men's podium once again.

However, it was Great Britain's Matt Walker enjoying a little home cooking who landed on the top step on June 4.

Iles, the defending junior men's world champion, was just over five seconds back of Walker in the second World Cup race of the season, though he also held a nearly four-second advantage on third-place finisher Sylvain Cougoureux of France.

Iles noted on his Instagram he crashed twice the day before the race, but added that he felt healthy and ready to go before dropping in at the competition.

After the race, he posted: "Happy with second today but not super happy with how I rode... On to Leogang (Austria)!"

The Leogang World Cup will run this weekend on June 10 and 11.

Locals win divisions at BC Enduro

A couple Sea to Sky riders took gold at the BC Enduro Series event in Kamloops on June 4.

Pemberton's Neve Abraham won the 15-and-under men's division, besting Johnathan Helly by 38 seconds while Emmett Hancock was third. Whistler's Eric Milley and Ben Brownlie were just off the podium in fourth and sixth, respectively.

In the U21 men's event, Ian Milley took the win as he edged Jack Cormack by just three seconds. Pemberton's Felix Abraham also medalled, taking third, four seconds off Milley's pace. Whistler's Carter Krasny was eighth.

Pemberton's Emily Slaco, meanwhile, won the pro women's division in dominant fashion as she finished 68 seconds ahead of Whistler's Georgia Astle while Catharine Pendrel took third.

In the pro men's division, Squamish's Kasper Woolley took third, just 26 seconds behind winner Matthew Beer. Whistler resident Yoann Barelli took fifth while Spencer Wight also hit the top 10 in seventh.

Be Fearless Marathon makes successful debut

The inaugural Be Fearless Marathon was successful in more ways than one when it ran on June 3.

The race, organized by Run Like A Girl, welcomed 210 runners across three distances, selling out within two months of registration opening.

As well, the event raised over $3,000 for its charity of choice, the Canadian Mental Health Association.

"We wanted to create a course that introduced people to the longer distance of trail running before an ultra (being 50K). We wanted to showcase the vast amount of terrain that Squamish has to offer so it was a fairly runnable course with some steep climbing, technical sections and down hill mountain bike trails," co-race director Courtney Burt said in an email.

In the full marathon, Jeff Pelletier, Jamie Douglas and Matt Sessions were the top three men while Kelly Burke, Marieve Legrand and Rosemary Langford were the women's podium finishers.

In the 21-kilometre event, Tiff Phillips, Meghan Lea and Sue Werner were the top women while Scott Comeau, Andrew Kerr and Nathan Lyons emerged as the top men.

And in the 11-kilometre course, Sarah Vidalin, Bronwyn Crowder and Hayley Cianca took the top three spots for women, while Christopher Iubinich, Daniel Bettridge and James Carey were the men's medallists.

Burt said it was gratifying to see so many people sign up and test out the course.

"As race directors there is no greater feeling in the world then to have a dream that allows and creates dreams for other people. When people walk up to start lines, even if they don't cross the finish line, they have achieved something," she wrote.

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