A pair of Merritt runners performed well in the Bike Barn 10K, held in Penticton on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Bruce Wark

Bruce Wark

Bruce Wark, 61, finished 12th overall in a field of 105 competitors, and first in his age group (M60-64).

Wark’s excellent time of 39 minutes and 27 seconds on the flat, fast course was also the top age-graded result for all male participants.

Merritt’s Marie-Josée Bedard, 40, was also an age group winner (F40-44), as well as the third female and the 25th runner overall across the finish line.

Bedard’s time of 42:37 placed her fourth in the age-graded ranking of women’s results.

The Bike Barn 10K was the 10th event in the Interior Running Association’s 2013 road race series. The 11th and final event was this past weekend’s Peak to Beak 18K in Kamloops.