ORCA runners started year on the right foot

The start of 2016 was a good one for the Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA), starting the year off on the right foot in Saanich.

Jim Mclean was all smiles after winning gold in the Men’s 85-89 age division in the first race of 2016 for the Oceanside Running Club Association.

Jim Mclean was all smiles after winning gold in the Men’s 85-89 age division in the first race of 2016 for the Oceanside Running Club Association.

The start of 2016 was a good one for the Oceanside Running Club Association (ORCA), starting the year off on the right foot in Saanich.

Among more than 500 runners competing in the Harriers Pioneer Inn 8k race, the local club brought home a handful of medals.

Jim Mclean took the gold medal in the Men’s 85-89 age division.

Sheri Farinha won silver in the Women’s 75-79 and Jill Davies also won silver in the Women’s 70-74 division.

Christine Rivers finished ninth in the Women’s 60–64 division and Sarah Larsen finished 10th in the Women’s 30–34 with a fast time of 37 minutes, 14 seconds.

Shayne Stokes led the pod of ORCAs with a very quick 33.14 in the highly competitive age group Men’s 40–44 division.

With 10 Orcas finishing — all with very good times — it was a promising start to the 2016 race season for the club in the first leg of the Vancouver Island Running series.