Corner Brook Running Club starts its racing season

Churchill, Decker shine in opening race of running season

Published on May 4, 2014

MASSEY DRIVE Lee Churchill found enough steam to push himself to the top of the pack in Massey Drive Sunday morning.

Churchill took top honours on the men’s side at the 2014 Physical Rehab Spring Opener 5-km Run at Tipping’s Pond with a final clocking of 20 minutes and 14 seconds as the Corner Brook Running Club kicked off the new running season.

Churchill has claimed bragging rights two out of the past three years in the opening race of the season.

One year ago, St. John’s native Peter Bazeley, who now lives in Corner Brook, turned heads along the race route with a sizzling first-place time of 16 minutes and 22 seconds to win the men’s crown . Churchill won the race in 2012 with a final clocking of 17 minutes and 30 seconds, beating Aubrey Sanders by a mere six seconds.

Bazeley was in Vancouver over the weekend so he wasn’t able to defend the crown he won last May in his first spring opener over an Athletics-Canada certified race course through Massey Drive.

Mark Rowsell of Corner Brook, third place one year ago, placed second in the men’s race with a final clocking of 21 minutes and seven seconds, while Corner Brook’s Aubrey Sanders — a familiar contender in the 5-km race — wrestled away third spot when he crossed the finish line in 21 minutes and 44 seconds on an overcast day that attracted 60 runners male and female to the start line.

Roslyn Decker of Corner Brook captured the female crown, won last year by Dawn Park of Deer Lake, with a final time of 21 minutes and 30 seconds.

Nancy Jewer, also of Corner Brook, managed to keep a steady pace to claim second spot with a time of 25:50 and Lori St. Croix rounded out the top three female runners with a time of 26 minutes and 49 seconds.