Runners take off from the Marine Drive starting line at the Sandcastle City Classic race Sunday morning in White Rock.

Newton runner leads Surrey sweep at Sandcastle City Classic

New five-km route draws varied field of runners, walkers to White Rock's Marine Drive.

Local runners pulled off a clean sweep of the podium at Sunday’s Sandcastle City Classic 5K run.

The annual event – this year, pared down from its traditional 10-km distance – was won by Newton resident Bilal Shamsi, who clocked a blistering time of 15 minutes and 34 seconds, which was a 1:36 quicker than the rest of the field.

“The race went awesome,” Shamsi told Peace Arch News.

“Great crowd… and the amazing views (running along Marine Drive) helped as well.”

Rounding out the medal positions were a pair of South Surrey runners who are no stranger to the Sandcastle City Classic podium – Drew Nicholson, who won silver with a time of 17:10; and Tyler Ginther, who placed third in 17:31.

Richmond’s Stephen Ptucha was fourth, 17 seconds back of Ginther, and White Rock’s Chris Barth – another former Sandcastle podium-finisher – rounded out the top five, with a 17:51 time.

The first woman across the line was Vancouver runner Jen Mroz, who finished eighth overall, out of a 106-competitor field, in 18:09.

This year’s five-km distance marked the second time in as many years that race organizers adjusted the course. For 2015, the 10-km loop returned to its historic start/finish line along Marine Drive at Bayview Park, after the 2014 event was altered due to road construction along the waterfront.

This year, the race was shortened as a way to attract more participants, including those choosing to walk the Marine Drive route, which again started and finished at Bayview Park.

“The new distance worked really well, and was especially suitable for a more varied running and walking set – from young to old,” said race director John Makepeace, a member of the host Semiahmoo Sunrunners.

“It had a really nice family-fun atmosphere. We had participants from eight to 86 (years old).”

The Sandcastle City Classic is part of the Lower Mainland Road Race series.

For full results, visit www.lmrrs.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The strip mall which includes 3 Dogs Brewing on Johnston Road is the site of a proposed 23-storey development given preliminary discussion at White Rock’s Land Use and Planning Committee meeting Oct. 26. (File photo)
White Rock tower would need to provide amenities: council

A 23-storey proposal for uptown could include new city hall facilities

Ranil Prasad saw this poster near Surrey Central SkyTrain station on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. He said it expressed “some specific reference to white replacement theory.” (Photo: Ranil Prasad/@run_neil/Twitter)
Surrey man urges public to watch out for ‘white replacement theory’ posters

Ranil Prasad said he saw the messaging at a Surrey SkyTrain station

Washington State Department of Agriculture workers, wearing protective suits and working vacuumed a nest of Asian giant hornets from a tree Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Nest of ‘murder hornets’ found near South Surrey

String of traps set up along border to capture Asian giant hornets

Construction of Douglas College's Surrey Campus in 1970. (Photo: Douglas College Archives)
PHOTOS: Douglas College’s Surrey roots at a B.C.-first campus in 1970

The official date of the Douglas/Kwantlen split was April 1, 1981

B.C.’s parliament building, Victoria. (Photo: Tom Fletcher)
ZYTARUK: Votes come at a premium price. Time to pay the tab

Promises are rained upon the voting public much like confetti being blasted from the maw of a cannon, or particles of ash spewn from an erupting volcano

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives for briefing on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, Oct. 26, 2020 (B.C. government)
B.C. records 217 more COVID-19 cases, mask use urged

Infection spike continues, 21 senior facilities affected

An elderly woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 walks past an advertisement for a television series in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. has been under a COVID-19 state of emergency due for more than half the year

Province has been under a state of emergency for 32 weeks – and counting

Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
L.A. Dodgers beat Rays 3-1 to win 1st World Series title since 1988

National League champs claim crown in six games

Pixabay photo
‘Horrific’ abuse of volunteers and staff by parents must stop, Chilliwack soccer club says

Parents have become abusive after being told COVID-19 rules, email says

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Seven-year-old Aaliyah Rosa was found dead in an apartment in Langley in July. (Langley Advance Times files)
Child’s body cold, no pulse: Off-duty cop testifies in Langley mother’s murder trial

The seven-year-old girl’s mother faces a first-degree murder charge

People march during a climate strike in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Judge rejects 15 youths’ climate change lawsuit against Canadian government

Justice Michael Manson has granted the government’s motion to strike the plaintiffs’ claim

A woman walks through check in at WestJet at Pearson International airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Strong support for pre-flight COVID testing ahead of upcoming WestJet trial: YVR

Airport is partnering with UBC, which is helping choose the method of pre-flight testing

Most Read