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2012 WEST COAST CHRONICLES
STEVESTON ICE-BREAKER 8k ROAD RACE
The flat as a pan cake annual event allowed Langley’s Steve Osaduik to cruise home with a comfortable 24:53 win over runner-up Sam Pawluk’s 25:06 . In third spot Jeremiah Ziak was putting together a tasty 25:18 followed by a 25:34 for Jeremiah Johnston. Nailing 5th place was master’s leader Kevin O’Connor turning out a creditable 25:57.
Vancouver’s Shauna Skinner had to work hard for first but at the end her 28:42 was enough to hold off master’s leader Catherine Watkins 28:45. Tucked in behind the fight up front left Sabrina Wilkie’s 28:57 in third. Taking the next two spots were Care Nelson in 29:25 and Amy Sohneeberg closing out the top five with a 29:46.
Other Top 100 Age Group winners included Rachel Russ going 30:32 just ahead of Dave Frilund’s 30:41 who had his hands full most of the way with Sarah Reimer (30:48) and Phil Green 30:51. Rebecca Reid’s 31:27 turned back Scott Stewart’s 31:03 while Naomi Fuglem in 33:47, led Miriam Zderic (33:57) and Adele Wilson (34:49).
“FIRST HALF” HALF MARATHON
Ontario’s Dylan Wykes was long gone by the time he passed Stanley Park’s Nine O’clock gun. With only an ocean view for company the Ottawa based runner’s 1:04:21 set a new standard for the Pacific Road Runner course. Breaking away from the trailing pack Steve Osaduik used his 1:07:25 to fend off Jeff Symonds’ 1:07:41, while Jeremiah Ziak (1:08:18) found the legs to create some space between Jeremiah Johnston and his 1:08:33.
Leader of the over the hill club was Masters runner Kevin O’Connor whose 1:08:46 kept the heat on the runners in front. Graeme Wilson with his 1:10:09 and Craig Odermatt’s 1:11:32 were stretched out behind. Donnie King (1:11:43) and Bruce Deacon (1:12:41) who were part of an earlier pack ran fourth and fifth.
Natasha Fraser kept the pressure on with her methodical dismantling of the women’s field going 1:16:17 for the half distance. Master’s winner Lisa Harvey brought home the bacon and a 1:18:43 second place overall. Shauna Skinner had Harvey in her sights and settled for third in 1:19:23. A game Anne-Marie Madden got to take home a 1:19:58 fourth. Pauline McLean followed her across the line in 1:20:22.
The Nature of Pain
From a runner’s point of view the only pain they will generally recognize is the one that makes them stop running – that and a doctor’s reply of take six weeks off. The old school runner does his daily mile even in cast and crutches – if need be – and it’s the stuff legends are made of.
For the record there is no gain in pain. Good medicine is finding a way around it. Pain is a wall that can’t be run through. Well, it can, but that’s a different kind of ritual pain reserved traditionally for the marathon. This is about injury pain and is all pain an injury. Knowing the difference is the first step a runner takes. The second step is doing the right thing. Each runner needs a runner’s basic first aid kit. Remember: The first one on the scene is you – the runner.