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.