Sarah Inglis upset Rio Olympians and London 2017 World Championships competitors to take the Under Armour Eastside 10K on Saturday morning.
The sold-out event, held in Vancouver, had a stacked women’s field including Olympians Natasha Wodak and Lanni Marchant as well as 2017 IAAF World Championships competitor Rachel Cliff. The Canada Running Series event featured 2,796 participants, according to Sportstats.
Inglis, a Scottish runner who attended Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., beat defending champion Leslie Sexton, who is preparing for the 2017 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, by 15 seconds clocking 33:45, a personal best. Wodak, the Canadian 10,000m record holder, was third in 34:32 followed by Marchant and Cliff. Inglis was the Canadian university cross-country champion in 2015.
“I am really happy to win the race with a personal best today,” Inglis says. “It was a great field of women this year with Natasha, Rachel and Leslie and I felt strong on the hills and great during the race. I’ve been training really well and I am looking forward to the Victoria half marathon in a couple of weeks.”
Local Geoff Martinson won the men’s race in a rather-tactical 30:00 bettering Justin Kent and Kevin Coffey in a B.C. Endurance Project sweep. All three, as does Cliff, train with the high-performance training group based in the Metro Vancouver area. Kent and Coffey ran 30:17 and 30:38, respectively as Martinson regains his Eastside 10K title from 2015. Three-time Olympian Eric Gillis, the defending men’s champion, did not race.
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Winners took home $1,000 for the win.
Geoff Martinson 30:00.0
Justin Kent 30:17.0
Kevin Coffey 30:38.0
Sarah Inglis 33:45.0
Leslie Sexton 34:00.0
Natasha Wodak 34:32.0