Hey, hey, sorry for the delay. Had to dispose of my 2009 iMac for a new model, and of course this required new software, but we’re up and running…better late than never…and still with plenty of time to plot strategy before Paddy’s Shillelagh Shuffle on Oct. 16.
Biggest breaking news from the Cambridge Fall Classic: The NER tent had a coveted spot right by the beer line in University Quad with 25 team members so congrats to all those savvy enough to join the team.
Not every publican made the race for assorted reasons, but 2,200 did sign up so it was a large and speedy crowd huffing it on the flat and certified 5K course.
CSU point man Patrick Bugbee cemented his lead atop the leaderboard (143 pts.) with a 5th place 16:43 finish. Teammate Jason Goldschmidt, 2nd among Masters in 17:51, sits in 2nd with 126 pts. trailed closely by Senior standout Doug Johnson (a CSU Tri-fecta!), SRR’s Greg Picklesimer and HFC’s Cory Hoffman.
Brazil’s Antonio Wilson, who won the BHZ 5K and won here in 16:03 is tied for 6th with CSU’s Kevin Delaney.
HFC’s Brian McCarthy would set an M40 record of 17:05 but sits as 2nd Series M40 after missing a race.
Others setting age-group CR’s include M50 winner Doug Johnson (17:31) and Series leading Vet Pete Danzell at M60 in 19:38. Pete leads TIR’s Dave Wessman and Whirlaway’s Ken Warren (as seen in NER).
Greater Lowell’s Glenn Stewart, while absent, still holds a 2-pt. advantage in M70 over warhorse Rich Paulson.
With three podium finishes in all three Pub races so far, past women’s Pub champion Christina Campbell of HFC is flying high with 148 pts. over teammate Nicole Nelson (139). Christina placed 3rd overall in 18:26 for a new W40 record while Nicole placed 6th among women in 18:45.
Despite no-shows, HFC’s Erin Brown and Lee Peterson kept their spots among the top-5, with the 4th spot filled by CSU’s Sue McNatt, who placed as 2nd Senior in 22:30 (and is tops in the Series).
Ocean Stater Marge Bellisle carved out a W60 win in 23:43 and jumped ahead of GBTC’s Claire McManus in the Vets division.
For once, Paddy’s isn’t the Grand Finale so we’ll see you at the penultimate Pub race on Oct. 16!