Ashleigh Lockhart won the women’s half-marathon with 01:56.22. (Phuong Nguyen photo)

Runners brave the rain for Rupert’s Half Marathon and 8K

VIDEO: Athletes took part in the first organized running race on Sunday, April 7

Inclement weather did not deter runners from taking part in the 37th annual Prince Rupert Half Marathon and 8K run on Sunday, April 7.

“I think the runners are much happier now that the rain has stopped and the wind has died down,” said Amy Wakelin, registrar for the Rupert Runners and race director.

“Everybody is pretty excited and we have a huge group from our Learn To Run program.”

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Race events held were an 8km run, half-marathon and half-marathon-relay. The course took runners out along the Highway 16 to a pylon marker for the 8km runners. Half-marathon runners would undertake a 2.1-kilometre run and turn around at Galloway Rapids.

“Some runners [were] posting pretty impressive times. We had two runners plus a relayer that turned around at 47 minutes, which is pretty fast,” Wakelin said on the performance of some of the runners.

“We have a great running club here in Prince Rupert and we are always looking for runners.”

READ MORE: Rupert Runners kick off the season

Race Results:

The women’s 8km under 40 was won by Stephanie Clay who posted a time of 00:38.32, while LeighAnne Magnusson posted 00:38.25 in the women’s 40-49 and Gail Bennett posted 00:43.16 in the 50-59 age category.

In the men’s division, Brian Andrew took first place in the 8km under 40 with 00:38.49 and Chris Lightfoot finished in a time of 00:36.23 in the 40-49 age category and Doug Kroeker posted 00:37.44 to win the men’s 50-59 category. Men’s 60+ was won by Dale White with a time of 00:49.11.

Ashleigh Lockhart won the women’s half-marathon with 01:56.22 and Fraser Bjornson won the men’s half-marathon with 01:23.40. A special award was handed to Aiden Bremner who posted a time of 01:55.42.

The women’s relay event was won by Anna-Marie Prohaska and Cay-Lee Honey with a time of 02:00.20 and the men’s relayers, Joe Pelltier and Brent Webb posted a time of 01:31.46. Mixed relay event was won by Katherine Sullivan and Derek Flynn with a finish time of 01:37.38.

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Ashleigh Lockhart and Frazer Bjornson won fastest over-all female and male runner respectively (Gareth Millroy | The Northern View)

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