Cross country: Winter outsprints Wiebe to take 10k title

He’d finished third, then fourth, then second.

And on a chilly, sunny Saturday at Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver’s Chris Winter finally won his first Canadian Cross Country Championship in his back yard.

It was the last year of a four-year run for the nationals at Jericho, and the event packed up for Kingston, Ont., in fine style.

Winter out-kicked his good friend Kelly Wiebe in a thrilling finish to the men’s 10k. Winter won in 32 minutes and 17 seconds, four seconds ahead of Wiebe, who’d tried to pull away for good with about one kilometre to go.

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Photograph by: Manto Nakamura
Photograph by: Manto Nakamura

Cross country couple aim for wins in own backyard

Photograph by: Ric Ernst , PROVINCE
Photograph by: Ric Ernst , PROVINCE

Chris Winter and Rachel Cliff have unfinished business before the Canadian Cross Country Championships pack up and move to Kingston, Ont.

The Vancouver running couple and aspiring Rio Olympians finished second in the men’s 10k and women’s 7k at Jericho Beach Park last year.

Neither has won a national cross country title — Winter was third in 2011; they were both fourth in 2012 — and this could be their last chance to win in their backyard.

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