Saanich’s Martinson sets course record at Bazan Bay 5K

Geoff Martinson's 14:12 could be the top time among 5k racers in the province.

Geoff Martinson crosses the finish line of Sunday's Bazan Bay 5k in Sidney in a time of 14:12.

Geoff Martinson crosses the finish line of Sunday's Bazan Bay 5k in Sidney in a time of 14:12.

Geoff Martinson set a blistering pace in Sunday’s Bazan Bay 5k road race in Sidney.

Last year’s race winner, Martinson set a course record of 14:12 (unofficial). The time tops his race in last year’s Bazan Bay event (14:32) and is being touted by race officials as the fastest time in the distance in B.C. this season. Martinson has now won the Bazan Bay event two years in a row and was recently honoured by ‘Frontrunners Island Race Series organizers as one of their top runners.

Martinson was followed by a contingent of runners from the University of Victoria.

The first woman across the finish line was Nanaimo’s Erin Burrett. The Bastion Running Club racer finished in a time of 16:34, a personal best. Burrett has been having a good season and her win in Sidney was an improvement over her fourth place finish among the women in 2013.

An awards ceremony took place at the Mary Winspear Centre following the event.