Wurtele in top 10

Vernon's Heather Wurtele cracks top 10 at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.

  • Oct. 14, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Vernon’s Heather Wurtele claimed eighth in a field of 32 professional women at the Ironman World Championships Saturday in Kona, Hawaii.

Wurtele covered the 3.86-kilometre swim, 180.25-km bike and 42.2-km run in nine hours 17 minutes, 56 seconds.

After missing last year’s event due to illness, Chrissie Wellington of the UK won the women’s event in 8:55:08.

Australia’s Craig Alexander set a course record of 8:03:56 to win his third men’s title.

Wurtele, 32, won both Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman St.George in Utah earlier this season. She finished seventh at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September in Henderson, Nev.

Meanwhile, Aaron Heidt of Vernon finished in 2:30:43 to place sixth overall in the Victoria Marathon Sunday morning.

Vernon’s Rachel Peters clocked a 3:24:24 to take fifth overall in the women’s division at the BMO Okanagan Marathon Sunday in Kelowna. Vernon’s Steve Briggeman was the top male, finishing 22nd overall in 3:20:46.