Run for the Mountain sets record pace

NANAIMO – The largest-ever field of participants packed Westwood Lake for the Run for the Mountain on Saturday.

Eleven-year-old Tehya Clegg has a strong finish at the Run for the Mountain six-kilometre run/walk event Saturday at Westwood Lake Park.

Eleven-year-old Tehya Clegg has a strong finish at the Run for the Mountain six-kilometre run/walk event Saturday at Westwood Lake Park.

The largest-ever field of participants packed Westwood Lake for the Run for the Mountain on Saturday. And way up at the front of the pack, there were some record-setting times.

The event’s all-time record was broken this past weekend, as Jeremiah Johnston, of Mission, blazed around the lake’s six-kilometre loop in a time of 19 minutes, 39 seconds to win the King of Westwood title. The women’s record was also lowered, as Nanaimo’s Erin Burrett retained her status as Queen of Westwood with a time of 23:30.

Peter Oxland is the new Prince of Westwood, finishing in 21:46, while Rebecca Bassett repeats as Princess of Westwood thanks to a record-setting time of 23:45.

Richard Light of Duncan takes over as Emperor of Westwood with a new masters’ record of 22:31 and Yanna Debelic is Empress of Westwood, completing the course in 26:51.

This year’s run/walk attracted 307 registrants. The top 50 finishers include:

Jeremiah Johnston, 19:39; Byron Trajan, 21:04; Andrew Howard, 21:22; Stefan Jakobsen, 21:38; Peter Oxland, 21:46; Thomas Oxland, 22:29; Richard Light, 22:31; Miles Huynh, 22:56; Sean Miller, 23:11; Holden Gill, 23:15; Erin Burrett, 23:30; Tyler Berthelsen, 23:36; Rebecca Bassett, 23:45; Thomas Grabher, 23:53; John Grabher, 23:53; Chris Serban, 24:11; Mark Mieras, 24:21; Graham Sigalet, 24:24; Anthony Serban, 24:29; Josh Bailey, 24:32; Andrew Frenchy, 24:36; Arjan Gelling, 24:39; Robert Shurniak, 24:49; Kellie Callender, 25:07; Carter Higgins, 25:12; Broedy Pomeroy, 25:16; Cheryl Davies, 25:28; Madison Heisterman, 25:32; Normon Thibault, 25:53; Jason Gress, 25:57; Nate Seaman, 26:02; Yosef Bassett, 26:03; Nathanael Wood, 26:08; Ben Walters, 26:16; Todd Humen, 26:16; Norm Olsen, 26:24; Amy Morris, 26:40; David Livingstone, 26:41; Dave Peniuk, 26:50; Yanna Debelic, 26:51; Ken Hewer, 26:57; Rachel Elliott, 27:15; Maria Pirie, 27:29; Andrew Wilson, 27:30; Shane Vannice, 27:34; Alyssa Mousseau, 27:47; Tyler Heisterman, 27:47; Whitney Nelson, 27:55; Clare Craig, 27:56; Russ Henry, 27:58.

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