Beatty bests Kusam

Port Hardy's Ian Beatty was the top local finisher Saturday in the gruelling Kusam Klimb.

Port Hardy’s Ian Beatty was the top local finisher Saturday in the gruelling Kusam Klimb, the 23-kilometre mountain race held annually on Mt. H’Kusam near Sayward.

Beatty, 35, covered the up-and-down course in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 25 seconds.

The father-son duo of Bill and Lucas Rushton of Woss finished 10 seconds apart, with young Lucas, 17,  apparently putting on a big final push to close in 4:35:32 to the 4:35:42 of Bill, 47. Denise Rushton, 47, also took part and was the top women’s finisher north of Sayward, in 5:15:03.

Brad Nelson of Port McNeill, 50, was next for the northern end of the North Island, finishing in 4:48:34. Another Woss teen, Jacob Galeazzi, 16, came across in 5:05:01, and Louisa Bates of Port Hardy, 25, ran in 5:35:45.

Additional North Island finishers included Steve Bozman Jr. of Woss, 34 (6:33:26); Karin Sinclair of Woss, 39 (7:14:49); Krista Minar, 25, and Marian Minar, 30, of Port Hardy, who both finished in 7:29:57; Jim Swift of Port Hardy, 48 (7:50:27); Jen Swift of Port Hardy, 44 (7:53:56); Peta Kelly of Woss, 56 (8:02:26); Adrienne Ashford of Port McNeill, 41 (9:49:00); Sherri Wenman of Port McNeill, 35 (9:49:00); Ken Emms of Woss, 59 (9:54:59); Jim Corbett of Woss, 55 (11:00:41); and Jean Soutar of Port McNeill, 65, and Samantha Soutar of Port Hardy, 39, who were the event’s last official finishers, in 13:41:33.