Local athletes take run at the Victoria marathon

A weekend full of marathons brought out some surprising results, as well as six runners from Sooke.

Sooke runners made their presence known at the 36th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon on Sunday.

Six Sooke residents took part in the full marathon, a distance of 42.2 kilometres.

Caroline Brochery led the local contingent with 3:40:30.

The marathon winner was Daniel Kipkoech who successfully defended his title with a time of 2:25:40.

On the half marathon side, 27 Sooke runners took part with Howard Manderson leading the local pack with a time of 1:28:14.

Ken Pungente, who was profiled by the News Mirror last week,  finished the race at 2:10:41.

The half marathon was won by top seed Paul Kimugul in 1:05:00.

There were 6,819 finishers – 1,204 in the marathon, 3,257 in the half marathon, 2,358 in the 8K, plus 1,087 in the Thrifty Foods Kids Run, for a total of 7,906.

The 37th annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon will take place on Oct. 9, 2016.