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20th Doyle’s 5M Kickstarts NER Pub Series XIX

Quick note on Doyle’s during the deadline cycle swirl
preceding Boston:

 

*The weather for the 20th was so much better than forecast,
and veterans of this race know exactly what comes with an accurate forecast.

 

*The top 6 women included 4 former Pub Series Queens‰ÛÓSara Donahue, Kara Haas, Amanda Watters
and Mimi Fallon.

 

*Fallon’s breaking of NY superstar Kathryn Martin’s
W50 record of 31:43 (2007) by 7 seconds was duly noted by the spot-on awards
emcee but somewhat lost was the fact that Holly
Madden
(now 50!) also dipped under the record by 2 seconds to place 1 spot
and 5 seconds behind Fallon.

 

*Winner David Wilson
and Bronson Venerable were both
timed in 24:54. Defending Doyle’s champ Wilson was ahead by 30m at the
turnaround, and by the same distance through the tunnel exiting the park, but
Venerable’s sustained kick on the final Williams Street straightaway almost did
the trick.

 

*Defending Pub Series champ TJ Unger of HFC placed 5th in 26:15 ahead of SRR’s Greg Picklesimer (6th) and CSU’s Patrick Bugbee (7th). That may be the
iron of the order if Wilson holds true to form. To wit: last year he won the
City Run and Doyle’s. Ditto for 2016. Last year he split Doyle’s leaving his
father to pick up his gift certificate and merchandise; ditto for this year. Last
year he won the following two Pub Series Races and then was out with injury.
We’ll see‰Û¢
 
*In addition to the free Sam Adams, there were some exotic varietals being passed around, many from the sizable Ocean State contingent, but also from VT travelers and others – Heady Topper, Captain’s Daughter, Sippin Sunshine…and on….and on.

Next up on May 1, the escape to the Cape for Liam Maguire’s Almost 5-Miler..  

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