87-year-old Canadian sets half-marathon world record

Betty Jean McHugh sets her half-marathon world record in Vancouver. Photo: Frank Stebner
Betty Jean McHugh sets her half-marathon world record in Vancouver. Photo: Frank Stebner

Betty Jean McHugh has set another world record. The 87-year old established a new fastest time in her hometown at the Vancouver First Half-Marathon on Feb. 15.

Her time if 2:43:30 was just over 30 minutes faster than the previous record for her age, established in 2009 by American Margaret Davis.

The resident of North Vancouver set an age world record for the marathon at the 2014 Honolulu Marathon. She told Canadian Running in December that she didn’t even take up running until late in life.

The 26th Annual Vancouver First Half-Marathon is organized by Pacific Road Runners. It also served as the 2015 B.C. Half-Marathon Championships. The overall half-marathon winners were Olympian Dylan Wykes (1:07:20) and Dayna Pidhoresky (1:16:10), who were also declared the 2015 B.C. Half Marathon Champions.

Dylan WykesVancouver First Half-Marathon
Men
1. Dylan Wyles, Vancouver. BC) 1:07:20
2. Trevor Hofauer Calgary , Alberta) 1:08:56
3, Takanori Haraguchi, Vancouver 1:09:25

Women
1.Dayna Pidhoresky (Vancouver BC) 1:16:10
2,Erin Burrett (Nanaimo, BC) 1:16:27
3.Courtenay Olsen (Bellingham, Washington) 1;18:19

BC Half Marathon Champions
Men
1. Dylan Wyles, Vancouver. BC) 1:07:20
2. Jim Finlayson VIctoria BC) 1:0:09:27
3, Jeremiah ZIak, Vancouver, BC 1:09:53

Women
1.Dayna Pidhoresky (Vancouver BC) 1:16:10
2.Erin Burrett (Nanaimo, BC) 1:16:27
3.Shauna Gerspach, (North Vancouver, BC) 1:19:23)