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Former Vernon resident Nathan Champness outran the field at the Interior Running Association’s Spring River Run Off in Kamloops

Former Vernon resident Nathan Champness outran the field at the Interior Running Association’s Spring River Run Off in Kamloops.

Champness, a triathlete who now lives in Kamloops, covered the 10-kilometre distance in 33 minutes and 40 seconds.

First woman was Jackie Trautman of Kamloops, who finished 22nd overall, in 42:39.

Vernon’s Alesha Miller, who runs for Kamloops’ Thompson Rivers University, was second in the women’s 20-29 age group behind Trautman (and 24th overall) in 43:19. Her sister Christa, who also runs for TRU, was fifth in the age group (39th overall) in 47:21.

Two North Okanagan runners won their age class. Erica Moser of Vernon was first in the F45-49 group (37th overall) in 46:21, and Lynda Proce of Coldstream took the F60-64 class (44th overall) in 48:16. Other North Okanagan results (age group, place, overall, time) included:

Jennifer Monteith, Armstrong (F20-29, 12th, 115th, 1:16:48); Kim Wenger, Vernon (F40-44, 3rd, 64th, 51:27); Laura Heggenstaller, Vernon (F45-49, 5th, 106th, 1:03:33); Cindy Kler, Vernon (F50-54, 5th, 86th, 56:51); Claire Parker, Vernon (F55-59, 10th, 99th, 1:01:42); Margaret Scott, Coldstream (F70-74, 2nd, 111th, 1:07:29); Michael Cotie, Vernon (M50-54, 3rd, 32nd, 44:35); Stephen Joyce, Coldstream (M55-59, 4th, 42nd, 47:56); Henry Proce, Coldstream, M60-64, 6th, 72nd, 52:40), Ken Riegel, Vernon (M65-69, 3rd, 65th, 51:39); Eric Elle, Vernon (M65-69, 5th, 95th, 1:00:59.