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Rachel Cliff breaks record at Vancouver’s First Half

The 2018 Commonwealth Games qualifier lowers the course record at the First Half Half-Marathon

First Half Half-Marathon

Rachel Cliff raced to a course record at Vancouver’s ‘First Half’ Half-Marathon on Sunday.

The B.C. Endurance Project member lowered the women’s course record to 1:12:21 as Rob Watson won the men’s race in 1:06:57.

Sunday’s race marked the second time in a month that Cliff has contested a half-marathon. On Jan. 14, Cliff clocked 1:11:52, a personal best, at the Houston Half-Marathon. She’s gearing up to race the 10,000m at April’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Previously, the women’s record stood at 1:12:47. The men’s course record, 1:04:22, remains untouched for another year.


In 2017, the race was cancelled due to weather.

The annual February event attracts upwards of 2,000 runners and features a course around the perimeter of Stanley Park.