On the Run (an online version of the column that appeared in the May 28th Telegraph Journal)

Shelley Doucet on course…Photo credit Cat Smith

The trails of Rockwood Park felt the sizzle of hot runners at the Rompin Rockwood Trail Ultra.  In the men’s 10-km event Peter Williams of Lubec led the way in 49:50 followed by Tony Robinson-Smith of Fredericton (50:14) and Justin Weis of Fredericton (53:15).  The women’s race went to Julie McGivery of Moncton in 55:18 ahead of Saint Johners Kate Morrison (1:03:20) and Lauren Dysart (1:03:42).  The 25-km for women was won by Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis in 2:14:39 and the fastest time for all runners.  The second place and third place for women went to Saint John runners Sophie Inkpen (2:47:11) and Marcie Holland (2:47:44).  The men’s winner was Jean-Sebastian Levesque of Dieppe in 2:21:34 ahead of Rothesay’s Chris Watson (2:23:43) and Jerome Pugh of Keswick Ridge (2:57:40).  In the 50-km event Jessica Wall of Moncton was first in 6:12:33 ahead of Carole Fournier of Edmunston in second at 7:27:07 and Gillian Chow of Barrie in 7:40:03.    Benjamin Falconer of Oromocto was first male in 5:53:19 ahead of Bryan Bourque of Fredericton in 6:04:19 and Kenny Panza of Fredericton 6:06:30. 

In Sussex the pouring rain was not a problem for Ian Vershoor of Berwick as he led the half-marathon in 1:21:40 followed by Dan Backa of Quispamsis in 1:21:42 and Colin Swift of Sussex in 1:38:17. Sue Teakles of Sussex Corner was top woman in 1:38:37 followed by Beverly Prosser of Quispamsis in 1:52:54 and Martine Lord of Grande Digue in 1:53:05.  The women’s 10-km went to Sylvie Cormier of Dieppe in 46:20 ahead of Saint John’s Suzanne Doucet (46:30) and Moncton’s Rejeanne Belliveau (50:05).  Top male was Pier Luc Roy of Dieppe in 34:18, second went to Shane Stewart of Oromocto in 34:51 and third to Jeff Queen of Saint John in 35:48. Paul Coffin of Truro took the 5-km in 19:38 for men and Lisa MacInnis of Sussex Corner won the women’s event in 24:17.

At the Running Start Community Race in Fredericton Mary Bartlett looks like she is well on the way back from an injury with a winning time of 20:53 for top women’s time and fastest time overall in the 5-km.  Chris Bangay of Fredericton was top male in 22:00.  The 10-km went to Gary Simmonds of Morell in 44:51 and Melanie Mullin of Fredericton was top women in in 58:49. 

This weekend the Saint John Beer Run offers a 3-km, 5-km or 10-km followed by a beer tasting event at the Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal.  Get the details athttps://raceroster.com/events/2019/22227/port-city-beer-run-2019

If you are looking for a very fast 5-km check out the River Valley Rave Run in Grand Bay-Westfield, learn all about at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/15th-annual-river-valley-rave-run/14731/

At the Little River Reservoir you can join in the Steps for Hope 3.3-km loop run or walk.  This is a beautiful park and will be a great day.  Get the details athttps://events.runnb.ca/event/steps-for-hope/30943/

If you want to run really fast take in the 3rd Annual Crossman 1 Mile Road Race in Moncton on June 2.  You can register on site but get all the information you need at https://events.runnb.ca/event/3-rd-annual-crossman-1-mile-road-race/29599/.

This week our Person on the Run goes to Shelley Doucet, after a 7 month hiatus she nailed the 25-km Rompin Rockwood in 2:14:39.

Gotta run

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist



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