Interior Running Association Runners take to the course in Lavington for the first event of the Interior Running Association Road Race season.

Bickley takes first in IRA opener

Kelowna runner sets the pace in first road race of 2017 in the Okanagan

Kelowna’s Brad Bickley set the pace in the first event of the season in the Interior Running Association Road Race series.

On Sunday in Lavington, Bickley completed The Starting Block 10K in 33 minutes 37 seconds.

Penticton’s John Heinrich was second in 35:49, while Kamloops runner Ian McKinley was third in 36:37.

Heather Johnson of Fruitvale was the first woman to cross the line in 42:14.

In addition to Bickley winning the men’s 25-29 age group, Richard Dueck of Kelowna topped the men’s 45-49 division in 39:20, good for seventh place overall.

Lake Country’s Quinn Middleton won the men’s 20-24 age division, placing 10th in 39:49.

Other age group winners from Kelowna were: John Wickenheiser (M 60-64) in 44:35; Siobhan McManus (F 30-34) in 46:02; Diane Leonard (F 70-74) in 52:54; and Kara Crampton (F 20-24) in 53:50.

The next race in the 2017 IRA season series is the Rivers Spring Runoff March 12 in Kamloops.

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