Shock & Awe – Paddy’s Pub Series Finale

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)



Tied with Lee Danforth in 2011, absent in 2012,
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.


Past Pub Queen Kara Haas lit it up to win in 17:12 but
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
of Team Fabulous was the only other female to average sub-6s as she
checked in at 17:57.


While Candice has been
lighting it up, Series leader Amanda
of the BAA has been struggling with injury. After Candice finished,
another 5 runners (including Holly
) would arrive before Watters, and thus the unthinkable‰ÛÓa tie for
first as both Candice and Amanda have amassed 284 points.


While this was the big
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
employer‰ÛÓwith no regards for his standing in the Pub Series‰ÛÓhad sent him to
France for a month.


Making the leap past
Danforth were SRR strongman Greg
and teammate Chris
, as well as HFC’s Chris
, 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)


In terms of awards night,
two-time champ Terry McNatt of CSU
moves to the top Masters slot as Picklesimer (48) moves into 2nd place $.


It’s even better for
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.


With the exclusion of Jan Holmquist from the Veterans
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)


NE-65+ ace Holmquist, 70,
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.


Needless to say, Jan
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
17:23 from 2010. All John needed was a 5:36 pace.


NER will be at Franklin Park
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!



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