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.
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