Coast News, April 1983
The Sixth Annual Sunshine Coast News April Fool's Run from Gibsons to Sechelt found a relatively small, but enthusiastic group of runners face inclement weather at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday start, but there was a more pleasant finish in sunny Sechelt. All 26 of the runners entered finished, with the winner Mike Metcalfe of Selma Park breaking last year's mark of one hour, 25 minutes, three seconds by over a minute.
Last year's three top finishers recorded times of 1:25:3; 1:27:27; and 1:28:3 respectively. This year's top three, Metcalfe, Jim Hunter and Brian Evans (tied) and Lorne Berman ran a respectable 1:24:28; 1:27:30; and 1:28:28 respectively.
Teacher Don Matsuzaki finished fourth in 1:28:38 and Jack Aaltonen came in fifth in 1:32:45. The first woman finisher was Darcie Young a grade 12 student at Chatelech who ran the race in 1:41:26. The oldest runner was Arne Pettersen at 1:49:04. The youngest runner was 13 year old Stephen Christian of Granthams who turned in a fast 1:35:28.
Other participants, in order of finish times, were as follows:
Dave Gant 1:33:16; Dale Dickie 1:35:58; Brian Romer 1:38:08; Brian De Schepper 1:39:31; Lyn Christian 1:41:00; Mark Jiew 1:41:04; Clifford De Schepper 1:41:20; Mike Barker 1:41:26; Lee Brown 1:44:14; Joan Blomgren 1:45:02; Stuart Frizzell 1:48:37; Wayne Robinson 1:52:38; Greg Dowman 1:55:01; Steve Illingworth 1:56:12; Terry Cowderoy 1:58:10; Andrea Rayment 2:03:07; Buffy Harper 2:05:01.
Congratulations to all the runners and thanks to the town of Gibsons recreation department, Super-Valu for the oranges and Trail Bay Sports.
Below is Joan Blomgren's finisher certificate from the 6th Annual Coast News Challenge April Fool's Run in 1983. Click to enlarge.
(The artist who drew the great caricature is not identified.)