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The BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5K that took place Saturday, March 18 in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, was a race that came down to a single second that split the top-three finishers.
The top-three men were Guelph’s Ross Proudfoot taking it with a very late sprint to the line in the time of 14:40. Rio Olympian Lucas Bruchet is given the same time but is credited with second place, while Geoff Martinson, finished third in the time of 14:41. Bruchet and Martinson are based in Vancouver, while Proudfoot is enjoying an extended training stint with Athletics Canada’s West Hub in Victoria.
Bruchet competed in the 5,000-metre event in Rio and owns a best of 13:24.18. Proudfoot also owns an impressive best of 13:29.32.
Martinson competed in the 2011 Daegu IAAF World Track and field Championships in the 1500m distance. He has run the 5,000m as fast as 13:43.45 on the track and owns a road 5K best of 13:56 from 2014.
Twenty-three men ran under 16-minutes.
Asked how the race played out in respect to his expectations, Proudfoot said, “The race went as well as it could have from my perspective. It was an early season race and my first time on the roads since high school. I had set out, just to have a solid effort and try to stay in contact with the lead group. Ultimately the pace set out quite slowly, which I thought was my perfect situation to have a shot at taking the race. I tried to conserve energy for the majority and was able to wind it up in the last 200m when the course finally started to flatten out after the final big hill. I couldn’t be happier to have a finish like that with a strong field.”
Dayna Pidhoresky of Vancouver won in an equally impressive women’s field in the time of 16:28. She finished 31st overall.
Asked about her race, Pidhoresky told Athletics Illustrated, “The race went well. That’s the fastest I have run on that course, but it is definitely not the fastest course out there. So yeah, I am very pleased with my race!”
Pidhoresky may be better known for her half-marathon prowess than her 5K talent, having run as fast as 1:11:46 over the 21.1K distance. Her road best for 5K was set in 2011 at 16:12 in Chiba, Japan.
“After a series of high mileage weeks and with my focus being on the 30K distance, I was happy to discover that I still had some speed in the legs,” added Pidhoresky. “I felt strong throughout, something I hope will also translate over to the race next weekend.”
She is referring to the Around the Bay 30K, the oldest race in North America. It takes place in Hamilton, Ontario. Pidhoresky won the race in 2011 and 2015. Other well-known Canadian winners include Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene, who own the first and second fastest marathon times in Canadian history. Lioudmila Kortchaguina won the race three consecutive times 2002-2004.
Langley’s Regan Yee made a race of St. Patrick’s finishing in second and just six seconds back. Rebecca Bassett of Nanaimo finished third in the time of 16:49.
Seventeen women ran under the 18-minute benchmark.
In the men’s masters race Vancouver’s Jeremiah Ziak finished first in an impressive time of 15:47. He bettered Vancouver’s Kevin O’Connor, who finished in 16:13. Victoria’s Craig Odermatt was third in the time of 16:34. Both Odermatt and O’Connor compete in the 45-49 age-group, while Ziak is in the 40-44 group.
As expected Catherine Watkins won the women’s masters race. She finished in the time of 17:18. Jillian Fong was the second master and she competes in the 50-54 age-category. She is credited with the time of 18:05.
The first 40-44 years old female was Melanie Kassel, who was the third master, she crossed the line in the time of 19:08.
There is a timing mat located at the first mile. There is additional prize money for winning it. Proudfoot is credited with the fastest first mile time. He recorded a 4:36, while Vancouver Kevin Friesen went for it and lost by a second. Declan White of Langley ran the first mile in 4:38. There were 29 men who ran under 5:00.
The top two women were Regan Yee and two-time Olympian Hilary Stellingwerff. They were credited with 5:01. Pidhoresky was third in 5:02.
Women under 19:00
16:28 PIDHORESKY, Dayna Vancouver, BC F3034
16:34 YEE, Regan Langley, BC F2024
16:49 BASSETT, Rebecca Coquitlam, BC F2024
17:01 STELLINGWERFF, Hilary Victoria, BC F3539
17:08 MILDREN, Robyn Vancouver, BC F2529
17:09 WILKIE, Sabrina Vancouver, BC F3034
17:16 LEE, Kirsten Port Coquitlam, BC F2024
17:18 WATKINS, Catherine Vancouver, BC F4549
17:25 MADDEN, Anne-Marie Vancouver, BC F3539
17:29 COLL, Neasa Vancouver, BC F3034
17:31 MILLEN, Roy Vancouver, BC M4044
17:33 HEGLAND, Chloe Victoria, BC F2024
17:38 FETHERSTONHAUGH, Grace New Westminster, BC F-U20
17:40 CARSON, Lindsay Whitehorse, YK F2529
17:48 MOROZ, Jen Vancouver, BC F3034
17:51 MORRISON, Amber Bellingham, WA F3539
17:52 OLSEN, Courtney Bellingham, WA F2529
17:57 GUSTAFSON, Kate Vancouver, BC F3034
18:05 FONG, Jillian Vancouver, BC F5054
18:14 GINTHER, Ally Moscow, ID F2024
18:27 GOMES, Adrienne Squamish, BC F2024
18:30 LEE, Andrea Vancouver, BC F2529
18:33 TAI, Allison Vancouver, BC F3539
18:34 DOWLING-MEDLEY, Jenn Vancouver, BC F2529
18:36 PEICHEFF, Sean Vancouver, BC M4549
18:40 BOOKER, Laurel Victoria, BC F2024
18:41 STEVENS, Rob North Saanich, BC M3034
18:44 WILLETT, Olivia Coquitlam, BC F-U20
18:45 GUO, Winston Vancouver, BC M3034
18:46 ROSS, Melissa Nanaimo, BC F3034
18:46 GERSBACH, Shauna North Vancouver, BC F3034
18:48 FORSYTH, Sophie Vancouver, BC F-U20
18:48 FORSYTH, Gavin Vancouver, BC M4549
18:49 DALE, Shannon North Vancouver, BC F3034
18:52 MACENTEE, David Vancouver, BC M4549
18:54 LORENZO, Stanley Vancouver, BC M3539
18:57 ZIMMER, Lissa Vancouver, BC F2529
18:58 PATERSON, Rhian North Vancouver, BC F-U20
Men under 16:00
14:40 PROUDFOOT, Ross Guelph, ON M2024
14:40 BRUCHET, Lucas Vancouver, BC M2529
14:41 MARTINSON, Geoff Vancouver, BC M3034
14:48 COFFEY, Kevin Vancouver, BC M3034
14:49 FRIESEN, Kevin Vancouver, BC M2529
14:50 COLYN, Nickolas Langley, BC M-U20
14:54 LUMB, Kieran Vancouver, BC M-U20
14:59 WATSON, Robin Vancouver, BC M3034
15:02 BROCKERVILLE, Ryan Coquitlam, BC M2529
15:05 HUNT, Theo Vancouver, BC M2529
15:22 WONG, Brendan Coquitlam, BC M2024
15:34 WHITE, Declan Langley, BC M2024
15:35 PROCEVIAT, Cameron Burnaby, BC M2024
15:36 NOSEWORTHY, Matthew Victoria, BC M2024
15:41 DANNATT, Charlie North Vancouver, BC M-U20
15:44 GRAVEL, Christian Vancouver, BC M2024
15:47 ZIAK, Jeremiah Vancouver, BC M4044
15:47 MCDONALD, Stuart White Rock, BC M2024
15:47 NGENO, Benard Surrey, BC M2529
15:49 WILKIE, Mark Vancouver, BC M3034
15:51 KOLZELJ, Josh Victoria, BC M-U20
15:57 BICKLEY, Brad Kelowna, BC M2529
15:59 NEMETHY, Alexander Victoria, BC M2024
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