It was a day of records for the Port Alberni Paper Chase on Sunday, March 8.
The 15-kilometre race had a new course record and 12 age group records. Richrad Reid of Victoria set the new record of 50:08, while Catrin Jones, the women’s winner, also set a master’s record of 58:34 The race, hosted by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce, had 262 participants.
Reid won the race by nine seconds over Dusty Spiller, who held the previous course record of 52:04. Reid also set a M35-39 age group record. Spiller easily beat his 2018 time, finishing in 50:17. Third was Jordan Brietzke with a time of 55:40.
Top master and fourth overall was Jerry Loeb (55:44).
Jones took seven minutes off the old W40-44 course record, set in 2018 by Carolyn Coffin (1:05:05). Melissa Ross from the Bastion Run Club was second in 63 minutes and third was Sofia Donnecke, finishing in 1:04:05. Donnecke also set a W20-24 age group record.