First off, a round of applause for English bloke Harry Carter, 73, who poleaxed Bill Engle’s 70-79 record of 1:02:40 in 59:51.
“I was at the Olde English Inn in Pickwick’s Pub sipping Old speckled Hen yesterday and I was in heaven,” quipped the Bellingham, MA Septuagenerian speedster.
The upfront talent-laden men’s field went out conservatively despite temps in the upper 70s with a decent breeze and humidity on the wane.
“That worked out perfectly for me,” said race winner Brian Harvey of the BAA. Harvey won the James Joyce Ramble and then entered track season where he set four PRs at the Twilight Series at Bentley College, including a 10,000m time of 30:15.
In the fourth mile, Eric Blake (2nd at Mt. Washington) and Harvey ran 4:43 and caught Justin Fyffe (2:22 at VT City). In the next mile Harvey bid adieu to his companions and sped on to win in 40:51. Fyffe took second in 41:10 with Blake third in 41:19 and Matt Ely (51 and change at Broad Street 10M) fourth in 41:54.
Unlike the men’s race, the women went out “Way too fast,” according to women’s winner Katie Twarog (48:38). I hit the first mile in 5:47 and there were two women ahead of me.”
One of the women faded badly after the mile, but Caroline Bjune (adidas New England) would trade places with the BAA’s Twarog before the former Providence College Friar got away at 7.5 miles to cop the laurel wreath in 48:38 with Bjune 8-seconds in arrears.
Burlington, MA runner Abbey Kaknes took third in 50:03 with Barbara McManus (CMS) the top Master (5th overall) in 50:58.
The BAA swept both the men’s and women’s team titles. Complete Results