Three Big Plusses to this year’s Ramble: 1) It wasn’t, ala last year’s race, run in mid-90s heat; 2) The soggy weather forecast for southern New England never extended to the Endicott Estate in Dedham, and 3) Celebrity Chef Angelo was at the grill behind t he TIR RV (but we’ll save that for a sidebar in the mag).
The Race: The new yellow singlets of the BAA, revealed at the 114th Boston Marathon a week earlier, were on display up front as 2008 Ramble champ Mark Miller, 30, of Keene, NH took the point along with recently graduated Carnegie Mellon standout Brian Harvey, 22, of Allston. North Dighton’s Kyle Sousa also made an early bid before slipping to 6th (33:06).
Harvey would win in 30:43 with Miller second in 31:36 and Pat McAdie making it a BAA sweep in 31:42. The Cambridge Sports Union’s Stephen Granger-Bevan was the first finisher over 32:00, taking 4th in 32:28.
“Too warm,” was how 2009 runner-up Maria Busienei, 24, summed up her 2nd place showing. “I had a good day today,” was her feeling on the 2010 race after winning in 36:31 over former Brandeis ace mariko Holbrook (36:53). Franklin’s Nicole Murphy, 24, ran 6-flat to post up 3rd in 37:17 with Doyle’s winner Kristin Murphy 4th in 37:45 and New Balance Boston’s Yvonne green, 27, fifth in 38:31.
The Open $ went $500-400-300 with the Masters purse at $400-300-200, which led to some heated action, especially on the men’s side as 40+ runners went 8-9-10 overall, led by former Cape Cod Marathon winner Keven O’Neil of N. Kingstown, RI in 33:33.
“I used to run against Keiron (Tumbleton) but what’s the other guy look like?” queried O’Neil, who only needed to look back to catch a glimpse of Hurtin’ for Certain’s Jason Cakouros, 44 (33:42). Tumbleton grimaced his way to third in 33:54
Longtime Stafford, CT resident Zofia Wieciorkowska (POL), 47, powered her way to 9th overall woman in 41:07 to win the 40+ title handily.
No age group records (up through) 70+ were set on the day despite some stiff times. Dr. Bob Hillman orated the Joyce Trivia quiz and was later seen exchanging pleasantries with Chef Angleo and the TIR crowd.