Hidasi hustles for U19 win

Vernon's Matthew Hidasi clocked second place in the Under 19 division at the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon Sunday on Vancouver Island.

Vernon Secondary grad Matthew Hidasi clocked second place in the Under 19 division at the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon Sunday on Vancouver Island.

Racing under calm, sunny conditions, Hidasi completed the 42.2-kilometre ocean-side route in three hours, six minutes and 27 seconds.

A pair of Kenyan runners – Thomas Omwenga, now of Winnipeg, and Gilbert Kiptoo – finished first (2:20:40) and second (2:27:01) overall. Vancouver’s Graeme Wilson was third in 2:29:27.

Other North Okanagan runners competing in a field of 1,600 include Philip Carruthers (men’s 45-49, 3:33:56); Alex Bradley (M 50-54, 3:34:02), Terryn Thachuk (W 35-39, 4:04:20), Alison Carruthers (W 45-49, 4:27:18), Brenda Wightman (W 45-49, 5:05:44) and Susan Falkenholt (W 45-49, 5:30:43).

In the half marathon (21.1 km), Vernon’s Graeme Corbett (M 35-39) was the top local male in 1:36:56, followed a minute later by Bob Annand (M 55-59).

Karen Jespersen, racing in the women’s 45-49, was the top female, finishing in 2:07:10.

Other locals racing in a field of 4,700 include Deena Whittaker (W U19, 2:16:34),Chris Jmio (M 40-44, 2:19:20), Jeff Frasch (M 45-49, 2:23:19) and Mary Elton (W 60-64, 2:31:40).

Meanwhile, at the BMO Okanagan Marathon Sunday in Kelowna, Steve Briggeman won the men’s 50-59 age group, and finished 23rd overall, with a 3:14:09.

Other North Okanagan runners earning top-five, age-group finishes include Jenna Hunter (W 20-29, 3:37.36) and Bob Peacock (M 60-69, 3:58.41).

In the half marathon, Skeets Morel scooted to third overall with a 1:20:27, and Mary Edgar won the women’s 20-29 class, and was the third overall female, with a 1:31:50.

Top-five, age-group finishes went to Warren Yablonski (M 30-39, 1:29.10) and Jennifer Jacobi (W 40-49, 1:34.24), who was the seventh overall female.

In the 10-km division, Edward McHugh placed sixth overall in 38:00. Morgan Lockhart ranked 14th overall in 40:02.

More than 2,200 runners competed in Kelowna.