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An Ras Mor Artic Wind Tunnel 5K

A superlative job done by the wind-blasted, beard-rimed male
and pioneer face-in-the-blizzard women of the host Somerville Road Runners in yesterday’s ice box 5K in artic chill
Cambridge. (Photo: Running in a box was one way to cut the wind. All photos by FitzFoto/NERunner).

 

Pub Series hardened veterans did congregate at the outside beer tent while many others sought
refuge in the Asgard post-race as 40-45mph gusts accompanied 26ËÅ¡ temperatures
at the 18th annual An Ras Mor 5K.

 

A very competitive race on both sides of the aisle as former
Brookline HS and U. Virginia standout David
Wilson
won his 2nd 5K in a week, this in 15:28 over former Belmont HS and
Haverford ace Chris Stadler, down
from Burlington, VT with his dad and looking for a mid-15 clocking (which he
got in 15:34).

 

HFC’s Scott Wisnaskas
(early leader of the 2013 Pub Series) arrived 3rd in 15:58 with soon to be
married and honeymooning in the Dominican Republic, SRR’s Greg Picklesimer, beginning the Pub Series parade in 16:17 ahead of
2012 champ Lee Danforth and 2014
champ TJ Unger, both of HFC. “I’ll
mow them all down this year,” exclaimed Picklesimer.

 

Series 2013 winner Jake
Barnett
of SRR placed 11th and in 17th was 2x champ Terry McNatt, now the Big 5-O and nailing down that division ahead
of 3x Series champ Paul Hammond. (Photo: Hammond in action. What’s with the gloves?)

 

HFC defending Veterans champ George Braun will get a run this year by former multi-time
divisional champ Dave Wessman of the
Thristy Irish Runners. Braun took the wind-swept affair in 19:58 but Wessman
wasn’t far off in 20:11.

 

Pub Series 70+ stalwart Dave
Pember
can’t catch a break, running great in 24:14 but in arrears of NER’s
co-70+ MA Runner of the Year Joe Noonan
(23:44) and Duxbury ace Rick Stetson
(“a young 70”) in 23:00 while being chased by NH Wildman Denny LeBlanc.

 

2012 Pub Series Rookie of the Year Larry Cole claimed the 80+ division in 36:17 and then limped to the
Asgard to recuperate.

 

Yes, we thought the women’s winner looked familiar. Amory Salem was the only female to
crack 6’s as she surged at 2-miles (reached in 12:02) to blow through the
finish in 18:25. Salem (nee Rowe) was a two sport All American at Princeton,
was on the gold medal US lacrosse team at the 1997 World Championships and was
the 2004 US Duathlon champion while ranked No. 4 in the world. So there! (Photo: The former Amory Rowe on the go!)

 

NH’s Liz Whiting‰ÛÓlast
year’s East End 5M victor‰ÛÓthought she had 2nd sown up only to be outkicked by Ginger Reiner in the last 50m, 18:47 to
18:48. “Hey, I thought this was going to be a friendly 5K, I’ll be at Doyle’s,
bring it on! laughed Whiting. Both Rowe-Salem and Reiner are members of CSU.

 

Co-Pub Series defending champions Candice Gagnon (5th) and Amanda
Watters
(7th) were in the mix with Master powerhouses Holly Madden arriving 9th and Lisa
Williams
14th. An Ras Mor defending champ Larissa Park (SRR) and co-x6 Race Director Mariah Tinger placed 11-12.

 

In a tough 50+ race, GBTC’s Claire McManus (3rd 50+ in 2014 Series) just decisioned Liberty’s Victoria Bok (2nd 50+ in 2014 Series)
in 21:47 to Bok’s 21:56. Claire will spend the next 2 weeks in Ireland before
arriving back in the US just in time for Doyle’s.

 

An email by defending 50+ champ Marge Bellisle (RI) reveals she woke up early for the drive to
Cambridge only to find her tires slashed. Ladies? Actually, 15 other cars in
the neighborhood suffered a similar fate, no doubt the work of local
miscreants.

 

Pub Veteran Joanne
Morris
placed 2nd 60+ while 70+ All-World juggernaught Jan Holmquist (now running for Whirlaway) ran 7:14 pace to post up
in 22:25 to once again sweep all 70+ runners (sorry guys!).

 

This was all good craic in spite of the wicked weather. You
cannot beat an SRR event! See you at Doyle’s in a few weeks. If the winds die
down to a light gale we’ll be putting up the NER tent.
 

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