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Fair Weather Graces 2013 NER Pub Series Grand Finale

 *Stay tuned to the website & e-newsletter  for the early December Awards Night
bash at Doyle’s guaranteed to everyone who has done 6 of 6 races and award winners.

 

Pub Series jacket sizes should already have been sent to
Michelle at nerunner@comcast.net. If
we have no info, women’s sizes defer to medium and men’s sizes to large.

A record number of entrants at 2,121 this year (& no rain) for Paddy’s
(252 finishers in the inaugural year of 2002).

 

Displacement became a key strategy of those coming back from
injury or looking to advance. SRR speedster Jacob Barnett had an 8-point cushion over HFC’s TJ Unger coming in and, in the mend
from Achilles problems, just had to finish top-7 to win the Series.

 

TJ won convincingly in 15:12 with top Master Greg Picklesimer (I have your racing
shirt) wearing the maillot jeune across the line for 2nd in 15:30 with 2012 Pub
champ Lee Danforth 3rd in 15:39.
Senior ace Mark Reeder of Greater
Lowell was 4th (Pub top 50+) with Barnett 5th and Series winner by 3 points, which
creates an interesting tableau among the top 5 Open $ places. Pickle power is
evident in 3rd so CSU’s Kevin Delaney
becomes top Master.

 

Two notable no-shows who fell victim to the “miss two,
you’re through” rule: 6th placer Andrew
Holmes
of HFC with an injury and notable Veteran ace Gordon McFarland, so William
Pine
of Fitzwilliam, NH rules the 60+ roost.

 

A very interesting development in the 70-79 division as Bill Riley ran himself into the asphalt
(literally) 20 yards from the finish line, but still made it across in 21:13 ‰ÛÓ
1:01 ahead of 2nd 70+ runner Rich Paulsen followed by Pub leader Dave Pember. Bloody but unbowed, Riley
made up the 2-points he needed to tie Pember and both will be awarded 1st in
the division ($50 & New Balance shoes). Wild-maned Denny LeBlanc jumped ahead of ME’s Phil Pierce to claim Series’ bronze.

 

No surprise on the women’s side that GBTC’s Sara Donahue was the winner & Pub
Queen in 16:42 (5:34 pace). Inaugural Paddy’s winner Sinead Evans, 42, placed 2nd
in 18:03 with Holly Madden, 47, 3rd
in 18:40.

 

NOTE: Holly’s
meteoric rise up the leaderboard got a boost when it was discovered she never
got the 38 points due her after the James Joyce Ramble (she was on a separate
list of USATF 5-yr. age group results with a few others, but the only female
not integrated into the Open 5-yr. age groups (a mess created when the Ramble
was chosen as US Masters 10K Champs after its Pub Series designation). We
thought it odd that Holly would be placing 2nd to Sara at Common Fence Point,
Evan’s Run & Tavern to Tavern & only be in 5th. Wakefield’s Christina Winsor moves up as top 40+ in
the standings.

 

The top age-graded athlete at the Ramble‰ÛÓPub 60+ champ‰ÛÓJan Holmquist, 69, ran 21:07 on Paddy’s
certified course for a 7:01.8 pace

 

That’s it, thanks to everyone for a great Series and we’ll
see many of you in Dec. if not before! Women’s Final Standings Final Men’s Standings

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