On the Run (As published in the Telegraph Journal Oct 6, 2021)

Beth Sears at the Mactaquac Trail Race

It was a great fall weekend for racing and New Brunswick athletes made great use of it. The Trail Runners enjoyed a great day of racing at the Mactaquac Trail Race. In the 10-km event for men Cliff Worden-Rogers of Fredericton led the way in 51:27 followed by Fredericton’s Nikolay Ryabkov in 53:13 and stopping a Fredericton sweep was a fast charging Glenn Trites of Rothesay just 3 seconds behind in 53:16. In the women’s race it was another pair of Frederictonians leading the way with Brigitte L-Heureux in 1:00:42 and Susan Dean in 1:02:49. Paige Cummings of Saint John was the spoiler on this one in 1:03:23. The 20-km event for women went to Tanya Johnson of Fredericton (2:08:07) ahead of Michelle Decoursey of Fredericton (2:10:11) and Felice Kamminga of Rothesay (2:23:24). For the men Evan Arsenault of Quispamsis was on top in 1:38:40 followed by Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland (1:45:46) and Marcus Rogers of Saint John (1:48:29).

Still on the trails but this time on Mountain Bikes it was the daunting Tour of Elgin. This race has some challenging sections and is not for the faint of heart. In the big event, the Elgin 120, the men’s title went to Tim Shea in 6:07:20 followed by Andre Landry in 6:15:39 and Lorenzo Caterini in 6:22:22. The women were led by Amy Murphy in 8:20:05 followed by Annik Belanger in 8:27:22. In the Elgin 80 for women Carolyn Benvie was top rider in 5:53:20 ahead of Grace Simms (5:54:06) and Josee Gallant (6:12:07). The men saw Noah Lydon out in front in 4:05:41 followed by Bruce Roberts in 4:30:52 and Martin Pelletier in 4:40:11. The Elgin 40 had a very tight finish with Zephyr Tomlin (2:04:29) Colby Sirois (2:04:30) and Terry Tomlin (2:04:33) in almost a dead heat for the men. The women were a bit more spread out with Jennifer Baudoux leading the way in 2:40:24 ahead of Laurence Olivia Arseneau in 2:47:48 and Noemie Godin in 2:55:09.  Finally, in the Elgin 20 for women it was Alicia Kane in first at 1:57:20 followed by France Gauthier (2:20:10) and Emily Mitton (3:35:03).  The men had Xavier Vautour leading the way in 1:39:06 followed closely by Joel Jordan in 1:39:55 and in third place was Jeremy Boucher in 1:42:15. A great day of tough racing, kudos to all.

The Demi Marathon de l’Acadie decided to be Covid cautious and went with a virtual run only. In the men’s event Gary Kenny of Tracadie had the fastest time in 1:31:35 ahead of Jonathan Legault of Dieppe (1:38:56) and Livain Michaud of Gatineau (1:41:40). The women once again had the battle of the Nathalie’s as Nathalie Boivin of Bathurst was first with 1:42:36 and Nathalie Theriault-Roy of Beresford was second in 1:46:17. Third place went to Marcelle Breau of Tracadie in 1:49:30.

This week our Person on the Run is a real inspiration. Beth Sears of Quispamsis has run races around the world and despite personal health challenges and Covid restrictions this grandmother keeps finding more ways to get her running fix. This weekend she was the only over 60 runner to complete the grueling Mactaquac Trail Run 20-km. Nothing holds her back, great work Beth.

Gotta run

Daryl Steeves

Weekly Running Columnist



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