Calgary runner takes Peach City marathon

Calgary’s Doug Wickware captured the 13th annual Brooks Peach City Half Marathon and 10 kilometre run Sunday.

Bronwyn Williams of Kelowna finished third in the 30 to 39 year old female category in the 13 annual Brooke Peach City Half Marathon and 10 kilometre run with a time of 1:05:12

Calgary’s Doug Wickware captured the 13th annual Brooks Peach City Half Marathon and 10 kilometre run Sunday.

Wickware crossed the finish line in 38:43 seconds, while St. Albert’s William Mazurek was second in 41:24, in third was North Vancouver’s Daniel Hirner at 42:40.  The top female finisher was Edmonton’s Teann Dhariwal at 42:59 placing fifth overall, second was Kelowna’s Tiffany Fowler in 45:43 good for 13th and third was Vancouver’s Amanda Barlow at 46:57 in 15th.

Ellis Andrews was the top local finisher. The Penticton resident finished the 10-k run in 43:12 good for sixth overall. Having won the last five half marathons in his age group (60-69), Ellis decided to take a run at the 10-k event.

“I was a little slow on my time because I’m usually a couple minutes faster,” said Andrews, whose average time is in the low 40-minute mark. “Still ended up in sixth overall. It was not too bad. A new age group record (previously held by Shawn Baenziger —  49:58).”

However, that didn’t mean he was happy with his performance. Having done track work and gone for a bike ride, Andrews legs were fatigued.

“I should have been second or third really,” he laughed, adding it was a little stupid to do both days before the race. “That’s the way racing goes. I felt fine but the leg strength just wasn’t there.”

Penticton’s Dave Ribar finished in 44:28 for eighth place. The third Penticton resident to finish was Wayne Everton at 44:39 for 10th place.

Top local female finisher was Kirsten Grant of Oliver. She placed 17th clocking in at 47:43, second and third were Penticton’s Annika Everton, 19th overall at 48:05 and Courtney Milligan, 20th overall, at 48:20 respectively.

Trevor Blackwell of Spokane, Wash., won the half marathon clocking in at 1:17:27, followed by Penticton’s Sergio Pio finishing in 1:19:10 and third was Jeff Blackwell of Colbert, Wash. Andy Oakes followed Pio as the next highest Penticton male placing fifth overall in 1:26:24. Oakes participated as part of an in-office challenge at the Okanagan Hockey Academy/School, which he is president of. While Oakes didn’t find the race itself pleasant, he “enjoyed the atmosphere.”

“I was impressed with the camaraderie of the participants,” said Oakes. “It was a neat experience.”

The top female finisher was Kelowna’s Christy Lovig in 1:27:20.