Coast News, April 1980
The skies cleared on Saturday morning and the Third Annual April Fool's Day Run from Gibsons to Sechelt took place in brilliant sunshine. This year's winner of the Coast News Cup as first finisher was the man who won it on the inaugural run in 1978. Adrian Belshaw, who also finished second last year, completed the 14-mile run in one hour, 27 minutes and 12 seconds. The winner's time was a little slower than last year but a stiff breeze at Davis Bay slowed everyone down.
Constable Leith Skinner of Sechelt was a strong finisher in second place. Skinner was also prominent last year. He finished just 17 seconds behind Belshaw. Eighteen more seconds back in third place was Gary Born who like Belshaw travelled from Vancouver for the run.
Thirteen year old Heidi Brongers of Roberts Creek was the first female finisher in a time of two hours and nine seconds. She was followed closely by her 11 year old sister Shelley.
In all, 28 of the 31 starters finished the run. In order of their finish behind the third place Born they were Rob Patterson of Vancouver, a man called Munsie also of Vancouver, Hazen Knox of Gibsons, Bill Cowie of Vancouver, Lonie Brock of Roberts Creek, Dave MacLeod of Roberts Creek, Rick Scott of West Sechelt, Ron Higginbotham of Sechelt, Kurt Scharf of Gower Point, David Longman of Roberts Creek, Sean Whalen of Roberts Creek, Arne Petterson of Roberts Creek, Brandon Whalen of Roberts Creek, David Willoughby of Roberts Creek, Wayne Robinson of Gibsons, Heidi Brongers of Roberts Creek, Darcy Young of Sechelt, Shelley Brongers of Roberts Creek, Sue Nichols of Redrooffs Road, Lief Mjanes of Roberts Creek, Ian Nicols of Redrooffs Road, Lynette Willoughby of Roberts Creek, Stephanie Jackson of West Sechelt, Joan Marshall of Sechelt.
Congratulations to the gallant finishers and to the three non-finishers who gave it a good shot, Timothy Laplante and Jason and Jim Weir.