Anthony Toth overcame a six-plus minute deficit in the run stage to claim top spot at last weekend’s Oliver Half Ironman Race.

Toth tops field in Oliver Half Ironman race

Anthony Toth was first and Blake Gooch slid into the top 20 at last weekend’s race.

Chilliwack natives Anthony Toth and Angela Froese were the fastest man and woman in last weekend’s Oliver Half Ironman race.

Two hundred and forty three people challenged one of the first big races of the season.

Toth topped them all with a time of 4:25.21.

Entered in the men’s 35-39 age group, the pro triathlete covered a two-kilometre swim in 29 minutes and 55 seconds.

“The water was rough and I lost the feet of the lead swimmer about 300 metres in,” Toth said. “But I came out of the water in fourth place and passed third before we got to the bikes.”

Toth timed 2:25.40 in the 94 kilometre bike stage and trailed Elmar Heger by six-plus minutes heading into the 21 kilometre run.

“I ran to win and passed Elmar with about 10.5 kilometres to go,” Toth said.

Meanwhile, Froese finished 31st overall, edging the next fastest female (Melissa Lowenberg of Kamloops) by just five minutes and 13 seconds.

Competing in the 40-44 age group, Froese covered the swim in 34.06, the bike in 2:48.34 and the run in 1:42.36.

Chilliwack had three others complete the race. Blake Gooch finished 16th overall in 5:01.05.

Paul Filippi finished 82nd in 5:45.41 and Daniel Heath was 188th in 7:15.01.

– Chilliwack’s Darlene Wolff and Alexander Smith tackled the standard distance Oliver Wine Capital of Canada Triathlon on Saturday.

One hundred and 48 people competed in this race.

Wolff placed 46th overall with a time of 2:43.25 and Smith was 108th overall with a time of 3:12.46.

The shorter sprint-distance race saw Bruce Gerry finish 15th in a field of 111 with a time of 1:14.51.

Eddy Mejlholm was 31st (1:26.15) and Morgan Kearl was 67th (1:39.15).