Sooke runners prepare for Cobble Hill run

The 10K race comes two weeks after the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanich where 20 local runners competed.

Sooke runners are lacing up for the second race in the Island Race Series this weekend in Cobble Hill.

The 10K race comes two weeks after the Harriers Pioneer 8K in Saanich where 20 local runners competed.

Rio Olympian Lucas Bruchet dominated the race. Finishing in 23:24, he led from the start increasing his lead over second place finisher Justin Kent from Burnaby (24:06) and Geoff Martinson, a former Victorian now living in Vancouver (24:38). The top male master was Bruce Deacon finishing in 27:09.

The women’s field was won by Rachel Cliff (26.51).

Top Sooke finisher was Jonathan Dvorak with a time of 33:54.

The Harriers Pioneer 8K was hosted by the Prairie Inn Harriers, and in addition to being the kick off race for the Island Race Series, was the first race in the B.C. Super Series, a series of 12 races to be run in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria.

The Cobble Hill 10K is this Sunday (Jan. 22) followed by the Sooke River 10K on Feb. 5, Hatley Castle 8K on Feb. 19, Synergy Health Management Bazan Bay 5K on March 5, Comox Valley RV Half Marathon on March 19, Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K on April 2, and the Cedar 12K and Series Awards on April 9.

To register for the races in the Island Race Series, please go online to www.islandseries.org.