How’s this for back-to-back Pub scenarios. Residence in the Oktoberfest Beer Garden at the Hartford Marathon on Saturday and then the sun splashed back deck of the Lasting Room Pub (or Icky’s Pub & Grill as RD Dave LaBrode likes to call it) on Sunday. Yee-ha!
Hats off to 50 year-old wunderkind Craig Fram on his win. He’s taken enough $ from us at Mt. Washington that it’s a relief he’s not on the Pub Series circuit. But hard working, blue collar, lunch pail CSU posterboy and MIT braniac Terry McNatt is, and to Lee Danforth’s dismay, he’s unstoppable.
Derek Dorval moved to within a point of third-placer Mike McGrane who, coincidentally, ran 1:15 at the BAA Half before heading to Haverhill.
We thought the eye faucets had dried up after Paul Hammond went on Injured Reserve this year, but now compatriot Chris Spinney is on crutches with a stress fracture to his femur. Both he and Hammond were on hand for the festivities, but hors de combat. Chris retires in 6th place among Open runners with 145 points and as 3rd Master with 21 points.
This effects the Masters standings as Jimmy Fallon ran “lameâÂVbCrLf and has now been tied for Masters supremacy (when the top 3 40+ move to Open for the $ awards) by CT’s John Tolbert. Whooee! And less than a week from Paddy’s. How hurtin’ was Fallon? Yours truly passed him on the 5th mile downhill like a cement mixer passing a sputtering Ferrari. Of course the cement mixer was then repassed because excess weight only works on the downhills.
The fact that Veteran dynamo Gordon McFarland was running 1:22:03 for a new 60+ age group record at the BAA Half brought the always dangerous Iron Joe Drugan within a point of Gord. “I think I can get him at Paddy’s,âÂVbCrLf offered Joe. “It’ll take him more than a week to recover from a hard half, right? Right?âÂVbCrLf Well, we’ll see during the Grand Finale at windy and cold Paddy’s (drop by NER’s tent, we’ll be selling gloves, redeemable in beer money after the race).
Also, congrats to little mentioned Ben Nosek and Mit Gnivri (aka Tim Irving) on a great late season surge to move up the points standings after Bobby Bell. Also, to Waltham’s Jack Murphy (Emer O’Donaghue’s plumber) who cracked the standings for the first time this year with 5 big ones.
NER Pub Series 2008 Men’s Standings After 5 of 6 Races
Open Men (Top 50 Score)
1. Terry McNattâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.236
2. Lee DanforthâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..226
3. Michael McGraneâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..211
4. Derek DorvalâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…..200
5. Chris SmithâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…191
6. John NolandâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..181
7. Jim SullivanâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..157
8. John TolbertâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_148
9. Dave WessmanâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…140
10. Jimmy FallonâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_111
11. Gordon McFarlandâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..103
12. Paul CorcoranâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..77
13. Nikhil JainâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_67
14. Frank HopeâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…61
15. Chris CremaâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.59
16. Iron Joe DruganâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_31
17. Ben Nosek âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_25
18. John WintersâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.23
19. Mit GnivriâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..20
20. Duke HutchinsonâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..14
20. Jim McLaughlinâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.10
21. Jack Murphy âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..5
22. Dave Pember âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_2
Masters (Top 10 Score)
1. Terry McNattâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_48
2. John NolandâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.32
3. Chris SmithâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..28
4. Jimmy FallonâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…16
4. John TolbertâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.16
5. Jim SullivanâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..13
Seniors (Top 8 Score)
1. Dave WessmanâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.34
2. Paul CorcoranâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…18
3. John WintersâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..8
4. Jim McLaughlinâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_4
5. Tom FoltzâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..2
Veterans (Top 6 Score)
1. Gordon MacFarlandâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..23
2. Iron Joe DruganâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.22
3. Duke HutchinsonâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_..14
4. Dave PemberâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.13
5. Charlie FarringtonâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_3
5. Joe BrownâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_.3
Super Vets 70+ (Top 4 Score)
1. Bob HillmanâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_…6
2. Tom WrightâÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_âÂå_4