It was another record breaking weekend in New Brunswick at the Hampton 5-Miler. Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis set a new course record for this 18-year-old event with a very fast 28:40. The second place woman was Sacha Hourihan of Southfield in 30:36 and one second behind her, in a new New Brunswick under 19 record was Saint John’s Erin Vringer in 30:37. The men were very impressive as well with Evan Arsenault of Quispamsis leading the way in 26:55 ahead of Nicholas Larade of Fredericton (27:40) and Jeff Queen of Saint John in a personal best time of 28:37.
In Bathurst the action was on the trails and still amazingly fast as Lee Roy of Bathurst was the top 10-km runner in 35:43 ahead of London’s Ben Hope in 36:30 and Bryan Thomas of North Tetagouche in 38:46. The Nathalie’s were at it again as Natalie Theriault of Beresford took top spot in 47:29 and Nathalie Guerette Pelletier of Petit-Rocher Ouest was third in 48:17 and Joelle Hache of Petit-Rocher split the two for second place in 47:49. The 5-km event went to Sylvie Leblanc of Bathurst in 22:57 for the women followed by Lanne Mersier of Petit Rocher Nord in 25:14 just ahead of Catherine Mallet of Whitehorse in 25:40. The men were led by Jonathan Roy of Beresford in 19:39 followed by Marcel Mercier of Petit Rocher Nord (22:50) and Alain Gallant of Bathurst (24:38).
In Dieppe the Crossroads Relay had corporate teams going head to head for a 4 runner, 10-km relay race in support of Crossroads for Women, helping women and children living with domestic violence. The top team was ASEA-fast kids in 40:34 ahead of Major Drilling in 47:36 and L’equipe des Rouges in 49:48. Kudos to the business and runners taking on a great cause.
This weekend in Saint John the trail fun continues with River and Trail and Ales at Rockwood Park. This fun but challenging run offers both a 6-km and 12-km option and includes some of the beautiful trails the SJC Trail Miners have worked so hard developing. Register on-line at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/register/river-trail-ales/22684/ While we are talking trails, the cyclist will be very busy in Miramichi with 4 Hours of French Fort Cove. You can register and learn more at https://go.velo.nb.ca/events/2018vnb19/
If you like something less rugged and would like to contribute to a great cause check out the Tanya Shand Memorial Milk and Cookie Run in Quispamsis. This event remembers those who have lost their lives to domestic violence. But don’t expect a day of long faces, despite the absolute tragedy there is still a sense of hope and a need to remember these amazing women in a positive and upbeat event. Register now at https://events.runnb.ca/online-registration/event/tanya-shand-memorial-milk-and-cookie-run-4th-annual/24779/
On Sunday in grand Falls why not join the Harvest Run/Walk along the beautiful St. John River, learn more at https://events.runnb.ca/event/course-marche-des-r-coltes-harvest-run-walk/19064/
This week our Person on the Run goes to a remarkable young runner from Saint John, Erin Vringer. At only 14 years of age she is racking up an impressive running resume including third place in the provincial 5-Mile Championship in Hampton this past weekend in 30:37. Mark her name in your program, she is one to watch.
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