There is still a chill in the air but the running season is warming up nicely. This weekend we have action locally and of course the big event in Boston, the Boston Marathon.
This Sunday in Quispamsis it is the first Run for Renee of the season. This monthly run is a tribute to Dean Strowbridge’s late Mom Renee and is in support of the Kidney Foundation. It is a fast 5-km course that you can use as a yardstick for your progress through the season. It is a very welcoming event that includes some amazing speedsters up front as well as the Sunday morning joggers and walkers at the back, all enjoying a great even
t for a great cause. Start time is 10 a.m. at the corner of Gondola Point Road and Vincent Road. You can register on-line at https://www.events.runningroom.com/site/?raceId=15031
On Monday, it is the granddaddy of them all, the Boston Marathon. As usual, New Brunswick is sending a strong contingent of 41 great runners. Just to qualify for the Boston Marathon is a major accomplishment, and to qualify with a fast enough time to be invited to the start line is even more of an accomplishment. So every one of these runners is already a champion, but let’s look at the top 5 men and women who I’m picking for the fastest New Brunswick times. For the women, the legendary Paula Keating from Miramichi will be hard to beat so I have her at number one, followed by Saint John’s Marcie Holland who just seems to get better and better every year. Third spot goes to Annie Pellerin of Dieppe who has a great track record already and I think her best is still to come. Fourth and fifth spots goes to a pair of Fredericton runners, Mary Kate Wedge as the youngest of the group is looking for a great experience and veteran Heather Suttie will build on her amazing experience.
For the men, it is a really tough call. James Murphy of Saint John likely has the edge for first spot but the next four could be a toss-up. I’m going with Daniel Leblanc of Dieppe in second spot, Greg Sawyer of Saint Jacques in third, Colin McQuade of Riverview in fourth and Remi Guitard of Moncton in fifth. However, that could really get shaken up on race day. Good luck to all.
Top 10 Male Picks:
#1 James Murphy (Saint John) young, strong, proven record… he will be very tough to beat
#2 Daniel Leblanc (Dieppe) Daniel has lots of experience and runs with a fast posse every week, he could hit one out of the park this year
#3 Greg Sawyer (Saint-Jacques) Greg is a great mix of experience and youth that could make him this year’s biggest surprise.
#4 Colin McQuade (Riverview) He is healthy, he is strong and has steadily built his experience, plus he runs with that fast posse of guys in the Moncton area, Colin is one to watch for sure this year.
#5 Remi Guitard (Moncton) another posse member with that nice mix of young legs and good experience. These top 5 guys will be fun to watch
#6 Greg McCann (Fredericton)
#7 Michael Mcneil (Riverview)
#8 Adam Douthwright (Fredericton)
#9 Jamie Wolverton (Hanwell)
#10 Mathieu Fortin (Caraquet)
Top 10 Female Picks
#1 Paula Keating (Miramichi) Even running as a 51 year old she is simply a force of nature
#2 Marcie Holland (Saint John) Marcie has been on a steady rise over the last few years and is at the perfect intersection of experience and youth to make a big performance
#3 Annie Pellerin (Dieppe) Annie has already done some great running but I think her best races are still ahead of her
#4 Mary Kate Wedge (Fredericton) one of the two youngest of our picks, she represents the future, Boston will be an experience builder for her but those young legs could produce some surprises
#5 Heather Suttie (Fredericton) a rock solid runner with a proven track record, I wouldn’t rule her out for even moving up a spot or two.
#6 Molly Mills (Moncton)
#7 Jessica Kennedy (Dieppe)
#8 Nathalie Theriault (Beresford)
#9 Brenda Guitard (Saint John)
#10 Diane Baxter (Moncton)
This past weekend, the Lorneville Loop had another great running led by a pair of Fredericton runners on the men’s side as Nick Larade took first place in 48:21 just ahead of Justin Young in 48:31. Trevor Funk of Saint John kept them honest with a 49:03 finish. The women were led by Kim Perry of Quispamsis in 1:01:47 followed by Susan Teakles of Sussex Corner in 1:03:46 and Suzanne Doucet of Saint John in 1:04:26.
In Miramichi it was the April 5-Miler with some great results as Moncton’s Grant Handrigan set a course record in 26:12 ahead of Remi Poitras (Moncton) 27:18 and Sylvain Arseneau (Petit-Rocher) 30:51. The women were led by home town girl Amy Barrieau in 38:35 followed by Nathalie Waterburry (Miramichi) in 40:57 and Tanya Wood (Ludlow) in 42:28.
This week our Person on the Run is indeed on the run. Kim Perry is a Nurse, a Mom of 5 great kids and as of this weekend the reigning women’s champion of the Lorneville Loop. Great work Kim.