Forrest takes Cedar 12K

Feb. 7, stayed ahead of the 372 other runners with a time of 37:57.

University of Victoria athlete Forrest Simpson took the Cedar 12K Feb. 7, staying ahead of the 372 other runners with a time of 37:57.

Lauren Babineau from Frontrunners in Victoria captured the woman’s title with a time of 45:53.

Second in the men’s was Simpson’s Vikes team mate Olivier Collin at 38:06, and third, Jackson Bocksnick at 38:54. Melissa Ross (Oceanside Running Club) came in second in the women’s with a time of 46:23, third was Jill Ramstead (Ceevacs) at 48:05.

Despite growing up in Nanaimo, this was Simpson’s first time running Cedar, and he came in just 46 seconds off the course record, which was set by Jim Finlayson in 2011.