In its first outing, the Bow Valley Harriers had unprecedented success in the 5 Peaks trail races on a very hot day at the Nordic centre in Canmore.
The race has three events - a "sport" race of about 7.5k, an "enduro" race of about 14k and a half marathon (21k) on the trails around the Nordic centre. And I'm pleased to report that there were not only Harriers competing in both the enduro and the half marathon races but there were medals on show too.
In the half marathon, Harrier Phil Villeneuve, "fresh" from his incredible 4th place finish in the Transrockies Run, came in a creditable second in 1:31, followed by Blaine Penny only 4 minutes behind, who had a great race despite being ill in bed for most of the day before. Any allegations that Blaine had been faking illness the day before so as to avoid housework and rest up for the big race, were strongly denied by Blaine.
Matt before the Start
In the enduro race, Harriers fared just as well with Duncan Marsden taking the victory in 55 minutes, closely followed by Scott Manktelow in third. Scott was only 24 seconds behind second place. Matt Wanford battled to a creditable 15th place finish despite a few niggling injuries which have restricted his training.
Phil on the PodiumThe results are posted here:
Great running everyone!
We also have results for Carl Pryce in the Lost Soul ultra 50k race and for Mark Fewster in the Canmore half marathon to post once they become available.
Please send in your race reports and photos so we can keep the blog up to date!