The last MEC road race of the year in North Vancouver proved to be one to remember for several Squamish runners.
The fifth and final race of the MEC series took place on the Seymour Valley Trailway in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve on Sunday (Dec. 1). Competitors had the choice of running the 15-, 10- or five-kilometre race.
Squamish’s Jan Francke, who posted a time of 54:55, won the 15 km race — the only competitor to complete the race in under an hour.
“I thought that Seymour Trailway meant that we will run on the trail but after two kms I found out that we are running only on the road and I wasn’t happy with that,” he told The Chief in an email. “So I decided to put my head down and push hard to finish it as soon as possible. Soon there was no one around so I set my pace and made it to finish.”
Right behind Francke was Vit Syrovy, another Squamish resident. Syrovy had a time of 1:00:42 to finish second. For the females, Squamish resident Petra Hostinska was the top local finisher. She completed the course in 1:08:46 and placed fifth.
In the 10 km race, Squamish resident Andrew Clegg finished third with a time of 41:06.
“My goal was to run slightly under 45 minutes,” he said. “I felt great and I ran my best 10 km time — it was a great surprise at the finish line.”
The five km race was a Squamish sweep, with locals grabbing the top spots in both the men’s and women’s divisions. Zoe Dawson was the top female with a time of 19:56 and Jaroslaw Ploc was tops for the men at 18:34.
Other Squamish residents with strong showings in the five km race included: Lenka Fanturova (third for women) and Ross Dolan (fifth for men).
For complete results from the race, visit http://members.shaw.ca/trioevents/MECNVDec13.pdf.