Another week and another record for the amazing Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis. At the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie Doucet broke her own record with a very fast 1:18:24. and what is more amazing it was a last minute plan to get a training run in before her big race in Chicago next month. Second place went to Natalie Boivin in 1:34:55 and third to Natalie Theriault-Roy in 1:40:12. Lee Roy was also training for a big event next month but joined in and took top spot in 1:17:58 ahead of Shelley’s husband Evan Doucet (1:20:46).
Meanwhile in Saint-Francois at the provincial half marathon championships the big winner for the men was Bryan Thomas of North Tetagouche in 1:16:52 followed by Staphane Boudreau of Caraquet in 1:25:00 and Nikolay Ryabkov of Fredericton in 1:25:32. The women were led by Isabelle Thibault of Edmunston in 1:40:22 ahead of Louise Connely of Edmunston in 1:42:34 and in third place maintaining the 2 minute symmetry was Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner in 1:44:18, the 2 minute symmetry between runners in a weird coincidence went to all the way to 5th place. In the 8-km event Tristan Morneault of Dieppe was top male in 31:13 while Emily Roy of Saint-Constant was top female in 39:19. The 5-km went to Andon Morneault of Dieppe in 19:45 for men and Melissa Lebrecque of Levis in 20:31 for the women.
At the September Run for Renee the men had a tight finish as Justin Young took top spot in 16:50 just ahead of Trevor Funk in 16:56 and Daniel LeBlanc in 17:03. Suzanne Doucet led the women in 22:08 followed by Sarah Holland with a personal best time of 24:37 and Charlene Smith in 29:08.
Next weekend there are some great runs including the 18th running of the Hampton 5-Miler. Be sure to register online to save money for yourself and to get the chance to pass on the t-shirt option (you have plenty of those) and let that money go back to kids’ sport in the Hampton community. It is a great event with excellent volunteers and after party, register now at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/15881/hampton-5-miler
In Bathurst the fast growing trail running trend continues with a 5-km and 10-km option (the 5-km includes walkers) on a beautiful course. If you haven’t been hitting the trails give it a try with this one at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/16877/2018-bathurst-10km-5km-trail-run
If you want to stay with the roads and would like a fast 5-km head to Miramichi for the Miramich Fall 5-km. Runners have been flocking to this one since 1984 in search of the elusive personal best. Give it a try at https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-fall-5-km-race-667/20858/
In Moncton the Crossroads Relay brings teams of friends, coworkers and families together to have fun and help women and children living with family violence. Experienced runners can use it for some speed work and developing runners can work together to do a 10-km in just 2-km segments. Learn more about this great cause at https://raceroster.com/events/2018/17055/crossroads-relay-2018
This week our Person on the Run goes to Sarah Holland of Saint John. Sarah has been showing her speed on both road and trail this season and had a PB at Septembers Run for Renee taking second place.
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