Champness rules Run-Off

Vernon’s Nathan Champness collected first place at the River’s Spring Run-Off 10-kilometre race Sunday in Kamloops.

Racing in the men’s 20-29 division, Champness completed the route in 34 minutes and 41 seconds, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Brian Rostek of Kamloops. Kelowna’s Rory Switzer was third in 36:20.

Last month, Champness ran all the way to Lavington before placing third in the Starting Block 10-km, the first leg of the Canadian Tire Interior Road Race Series.

Vernon’s Steve Briggeman was 10th overall in 40:33, and second in the men’s 50-54, while Lance Sweeney (men’s 30-35) was 16th overall and third in his age group with 41:38.

Erica Moser (women’s 40-44) was the top local woman, placing first in her age group and 45th overall with 46:54.

Coldstream’s John Arih (45:25) and Dan Kunzelman (46:32) were fifth and sixth respectively in the men’s 45-49.

Lynda Proce of Coldstream grabbed silver in the women’s 55-59 with a 49:06, and Vernon’s Ken Riegel (men’s 60-64) placed third in his age group with 49:59.

Henry Proce was fourth in the men’s 55-59 with 50-51 and Brenden Proce was fifth in the men’s 30-34 with 53:44.

Other local athletes earning top-five finishes in their respective age groups include Mike Everett (men’s 60-64), Bill Glover (men’s 65-69), Patricia Riegel (women’s 60-64), Barb Van Hoof (women’s 50-54) and Carol Chisholm (women’s 55-59).