Runners take to the roads for annual half-marathon

Over 100 people entered the 30th annual Prince Rupert Half-marathon on Sunday, which was the second time the event featured an eight-kilometre run, and organizers say they were happy with how the event turned out.

Over 100 people entered the 30th annual Prince Rupert Half-marathon on Sunday, which was the second time the event featured an eight-kilometre run, and organizers say they were happy with how the event turned out.

In the 8km open men’s up to age 40 section Scott Foulser from Prince Rupert came in first, with an impressive elapsed time of 30:18, and Paul Neibergall, also from Prince Rupert, coming in second with 39:01.

In the master male’s section for men aged 40 to 59, Johnny Cabral from Kitimat took the gold with an elapsed time of 38:07. Kitimat resident, Chris Davies, earned the silver position with a time of 41:10.

Prince Rupert’s Ray Leonard came out on top in the men’s masters category for men ages sixty and up. Leonard earned an elapsed time of 39:14, with Prince Rupert’s Jeffrey Simons coming second with 45 minutes.

In the open female sector for the 8 km run, Prince Rupert’s Amber Sheasgreen came out on top, finishing at 39:12. Prince Rupert’s France Riley earned the runner-up’s position finishing in 41:13.

For the masters female category for women ages 40 to 59, Jackie Minaker from Kitimat came first, in 40:01, followed by Terrace’s Nancy Vandevekde at 41:41.

April Macleod from Kitimat was the lone participant in the masters female sector, and finished in 1:14:20.

In the half marathon two person mixed section, Terrace team consisting of Nancy Parkes and Allan Bowles took the top spot with a time of 1:42:48. Prince Rupert’s own Whitney Magliocchi and Bob Taylor placed second with a time of 1:56:16.

In the half marathon for two-person male,  Troy O’Toole and Remo Pomponio finished with a time of 1:37:28. Steve Robin was the only runner in the half-marathon open male with a time of 1:43:03. In the Half-marathon for master male, Shaun Davies of Prince Rupert finished first with a time of 1:19:55, followed by Travis Carter of Terrace with a time of 1:29:54 and Simon Kruithof with a time of 1:30:20.

Marie Gauthier of Smithers won the half-marathon open female division with a time of 1:37:55, followed by Emily Janes  and Tracey Nelson of Prince Rupert with times of 1:43:55 and 2:01:19 respectively.

Sheryl Radford of Kitimat edged out Suzanne Leblanc of Terrace with a time of 1:54:27 to a time of 1:56:37 to win the masters female half-marathon.