On the Run Oct 3, 2018 (as it appeared in today’s Telegraph Journal)

We lost a beloved member of our running community this week. William “Billy” Anderson will be missed

With only one Run NB Super Series Race left to go, On the Run is ready to declare some winners for this season.  For the women in the 19 and under it looks like a lock for Alex Moffett of Searsville with 335 points and her closest rival at 145.  It is a different story I the 20-29 age group where Moncton’s Anouk Doiron has 340 points to Bellisle Creek’s Shawna Allaby’s 309 points, could be close.  The 30-39 is all Melissa Martin’s as the Nauwigewauk runner has 615 to her nearest rival’s 540 points.  In the 40-49 Carol Lynn Landry of Grand Bay-Westfield is a run-away with 773 points.  The same in the 50-59 age group for Saint John’s Suzanne Doucet who has a 300-point lead with a total of 440 points.  Marcelle Breau is the 60-69 age group winner with 729 points.  Jenny Keenan of Halifax owns the 70 plus crown with 650 points.  So for the women the 20-29 age group is the one to watch this weekend.

For the men all of the age groups are decided although a couple are pretty close, they have the necessary 50-point margin to be declared the winner.  In the 19 and under it’s Bathurst’s Julien Thibodeau with 350 points, 20-29 Shaun Girouard of Dieppe wins with 425 plus any gained this weekend, 30-39 goes to Roy Clavette of Oromocto but Dennis Hoar of Riverview made it tough as they have 628 and 570 points respectively over 14 races.   Marcel Comeau of Moncton owns the 40-49 age group with a whopping 935 points while fellow Monctonian Paul Thibodeau tops the 50-59 age division with 830 points.  In the 60-69 age group Maurice Vienneau of Halifax leads the way with an unsurmountable 830 points.  Another tough competition in the 70 plus group but Phil Booker of Fredericton holds a safe margin of 54 points over Murray Forgrave of Apohaqui 920 to 866 to secure the win.

It is amazing to note that the fastest women’s time at every distance except the marathon this season belongs to Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis.  She has spent this season preparing for a run at the big time at the Chicago Marathon this weekend.  If her lead up is any indication, we should be able to declare her the fastest in all distances after the race on Sunday.  Go Shelley.

Some great runs coming up this weekend starting with the Sweet Caroline in Rothesay in memory of a fine young athlete, Caroline Lorette lost too soon to anaphylaxis.  This event is just part of what the Sweet Caroline Foundation does to promote education about anaphylaxis.  Check it out at https://events.runnb.ca/event/sweet-caroline-run-2018/27384/.  In Perth-Andover the Super Series wraps up with the Dam Run, learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/dam-run/20788/

On Sunday a couple of our great traditions continue with the Demi-marathon de l’Acadie (https://events.runnb.ca/event/372e-demi-marathon-de-lacadie/19966/ ) and Miramichi 5-km https://events.runnb.ca/event/miramichi-5km-669/28069/

This week we lost one of our running communities finest, Billy Anderson of Saint John.  Always equipped with a smile and a story Billy brought light to every event and inspired us that running isn’t just for the young.  We will miss you Billy but you will always be our Person on the Run.


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