Vernon’s Nathan Champness charges towards victory in the UBC Triathlon last weekend in Vancouver.

Vernon’s Nathan Champness charges towards victory in the UBC Triathlon last weekend in Vancouver.

Champness tops UBC

Vernon’s Nathan Champness topped a field of nearly 200 athletes to claim first overall at the UBC Triathlon Sunday in Vancouver.

Vernon’s Nathan Champness topped a field of nearly 200 athletes to claim first overall at the UBC Triathlon Sunday in Vancouver.

The cat-loving 29-year-old completed the Olympic distance event (1.5-kilometre swim, 40-km bike, 10-km run) in two hours, one minute and 47.42 seconds.

“You always want to get in that first good race of the season, to get that first taste of the payoff from all that winter work,” said Champness, who credits swim coach Laura Medcalf for helping him record a personal best in the UBC pool.

Meanwhile, local runners turned in solid results at the Lakeside 5-km race Sunday in Penticton. It is the second leg of the Interior Running Association’s Canadian Tire Road Race Series.

Competitors earning top-five age-group finishes in the women’s division include: Seija Deleenheer (1st, F35-39), Lynda Proce (1st, F55-59), Hannah Bennison (2nd, U15), Patricia Riegel (2nd, F65-69), Gloria Larratt (2nd, F70-74), Carol Winn (3rd, F40-44), Nancy Agassiz (3rd, F60-64) and Shanda Hill (4th, F30-34). In men’s racing, Gerry Naito ranked third in the 55-59 class, while Darin Johaneson (M40-44), John Wilson (M35-39), Ken Riegel (M60-64) and Carrick Donley (U15) earned fifth-place showings in their age groups.