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Wind Aplenty at MV 20

How windy was it for the 14th Annual Martha’s Vineyard 20M on Feb 20th?
 





The Cambridge Running
Club’s Chad Carr would claim victory among men, while 2008 women’s champion
Katie Aldrich from the Finger Lakes region of NY made a triumphant return to
the island (perhaps the story of this race is what would transpire behind
Aldrich).
 
The wind was so fierce on the causeway from 7-miles to 9-miles that
the tableau consisted of a green sea topped by whitecaps on one side of the
road, with plumes of water vapor borne aloft from Sengekontacket Pond on the
other.
 
Aldrich had a sizable
lead at this point and commented to a few flash frozen spectators, “It’s great
when you think you’re at mile seven and you’re at mile eight.”
 
 The brawling gusts, a tailwind boon to runners during the first 10 miles along the ocean, we’re a real detriment during the second half of the course as the coursed turned inland approaching Edgartown.
 
Party Likes Its 1999: Two 12 year-old records were upended. Female runner-up Emily Bryans, 43, of Schenectady, NY ran negative splits of 1:07:20/1:05:32 (into a stiff headwind) to go from 6th to 2nd and upend Lynne Robillaird’s 12 year-old Masters record of 2:15:18. Bryans ran 2:12:52.
 
Whirlaway’s Chris Spinney, 51, also toppled a record from 1999. Spinney ran 2:06:16 to erase Don Bates’ previous Senior standard of 2:07:54.
 
After 14 years at the fore, co-race director’s Bill Brown and Kathy O’Sullivan are calling it quits (sort of), but don’t panic, the show will go on. Much more in the March/April issue of NER.
 (Left: Super Senior Chris Spinney. Photos by MickFoto)


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                                 TOP TEN MEN OVERALL
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Place Div Div   Name                     Age Sex Race# City/state              Time    Pace  
===== === ===== ======================== === === ===== ======================= ======= =====
    1   1 M3539 Chad Carr                 35 M      52 Cambridge MA            1:54:52  5:45
    2   1 M3034 Ryan Aschbrenner          33 M      10 Nashua NH               1:57:20  5:52
    3   1 M2529 Timothy Catoggio          25 M      56 South Boston MA         1:59:15  5:58
    4   2 M3034 Kevin Gravina             32 M     469 Cambridge MA            1:59:42  6:00
    5   1 M4044 Jonathan May              42 M     415 Charlestown MA          2:01:02  6:04
    6   1 M2024 Thomas Fagin              22 M     114 Ledyland CT             2:02:33  6:08
    7   2 M3539 Jon Chesto                39 M      58 South Boston MA         2:04:08  6:13
    8   2 M2024 Jake Marcus               21 M     433 North Easton MA         2:05:02  6:16
    9   3 M2024 Evan Williams             24 M     479 Falmouth MA             2:05:32  6:17
   10   3 M3539 Zachary Laidley           38 M     199 East Walpole MA         2:05:56  6:18
Record 1:48:34 by Patrick Moulton of Providence, RI in 2010

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                                 TOP TEN WOMEN OVERALL
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Place Div Div   Name                     Age Sex Race# City/state              Time    Pace  
===== === ===== ======================== === === ===== ======================= ======= =====
    1   1 F3539 Katherine Aldridge        37 F       5 Alpine NY               2:11:42  6:36
    2   1 F4044 Emily Bryans              43 F      41 Schenectady NY          2:12:52  6:39
    3   1 F2529 Randy Stockbridge         28 F     403 Canton MA               2:13:17  6:40
    4   2 F2529 Kaitlin Anelauskas        25 F     407 Cambridge MA            2:13:55  6:42
    5   2 F4044 Claire Gadrow             41 F     431 South Kingstown RI      2:15:42  6:48
    6   1 F3034 Beth Coughlin             32 F     429 Newton MA               2:18:50  6:57
    7   3 F2529 Erin Merritt              27 F     240 New York NY             2:19:34  6:59
    8   3 F4044 Mairi Burfoot             41 F      46 Sudbury MA              2:22:00  7:06
    9   2 F3034 Rachel Murphy             30 F     250 Wyalusing PA            2:22:53  7:09
   10   4 F2529 Bridget Ferrin            29 F     120 St Johnsbury VT         2:23:24  7:11
Record 2:04:22 by Sarah Nixon of Medfield, MA, in 2000.

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