A rip-roaring record field
of 2,333 entrants at Paddy’s and the winner was a relative newbie. Joe
McGovern, 26, didn’t run in college. He just started running three years ago.
Greater Boston TC runners will occasionally win a Pub Series race, but they’ve
got no Series stamina, and while McGovern won in 14:58, the real winner was
HFC’s TJ Unger. (Photos by MickFoto/NERunner)
2nd to SRR’s Jacob Barnett in 2013,
TJ posted up 2nd at Paddy’s in 15:11 for a total of 297 points ÛÓ just 3 shy of
a perfect season.
still fell short of (fellow past Pub Queen) Mimi Fallon’s 40+ record of 17:01 set in 2005. Again, it was the
runner-up who was the real winner here as Candice
Gagnon of Team Fabulous was the only other female to average sub-6s as she
checked in at 17:57.
lighting it up, Series leader Amanda
Watters of the BAA has been struggling with injury. After Candice finished,
another 5 runners (including Holly
Madden) would arrive before Watters, and thus the unthinkableÛÓa tie for
first as both Candice and Amanda have amassed 284 points.
shake-up in the women’s field, the hoots and hollers on the men’s side came
from top contestants who’d learned that Series runner-up Lee Danforth’s
employerÛÓwith no regards for his standing in the Pub SeriesÛÓhad sent him to
France for a month.
Danforth were SRR strongman Greg
Picklesimer and teammate Chris
Klucznik, as well as HFC’s Chris
Lobstom, with the door closing on CSU’s Patrick Bugbee who fell just 4 points shy of Lee who’s no doubt
smirking as he sips Pernod on the Left Bank knowing he’s still in the money
(5th). (Candice Gagnon)
two-time champ Terry McNatt of CSU
moves to the top Masters slot as Picklesimer (48) moves into 2nd place $.
age-groupers on the women’s side. Masters runners Lisa Williams and Holly Madden are in the top 5 overall, moving
HFC’s Eileen Cakouros and Andrea Leverentz into the 1-2 60+ positions.
With Senior ace Marge Bellisle also
in the top 5, Victoria Block lays
claim to the top 50+ spot.
division following the 2nd race of the season, Stowe. VT’s Patty Foltz has been able to sip a Heady Topper while racing and
still retain the 60+ crown. (photo: Greg Picklesimer)
kicked major league butt in a time of 21:08 (7:03 pace) two weeks after setting
a W70 5K world record of 22:16 at the Syracuse Festival of Races/US Masters
Jan also finished top-10
overall in the Pub Series.
demolished the 70+ record at Paddy’s. The other course record was set by NER
roving writer John Barbour, 60, who
clocked 16:51 to bring down NY track ace Bob
Giambalvo’s 17:23 from 2010. All John needed was a 5:36 pace.
for Mayor’s Cup XC this Sunday,
which means we’ll be at Doyle’s
post-meet and if the powers-that-be are around we hope to lock up our usual
awards night for early Dec. Stay tuned, stay warm, we’ll keep you posted.
Congrats on a great Series!