Classic Cambridge Denouement to 2023 NER Malt & Hops Race Tour

The Cambridge Fall Classic 5K, the Grand Finale in the NER 2023 Pub Series Malt & Hops Tour, made for great racing with temps in the low 60s under a sky where the sun tried but could never break through.





With close to 3,000 entrants and on a fast certified course where the Battlegreen TC’s Nick Green would register a course record 15:33 clocking, the competition was pretty stiff.





A top-10 Finish at the Fall Classic copped Pub Supremacy for TJ Unger. All Photos by fitzFoto/NERunner






Three-time Pub Series champion (NOW 4!) TJ Unger cracked the top 10 at 5:14 pace and while defending Pub Series Champ Patrick Bugbee was no slouch at 5:24 pace, TJ was able to pick up eight (8) “displacement” points (couldn’t get any at Evan’s Run) to seal the deal. If the Series was made up of 10-milers we might be tipping Bugbee’s way. Anyway, a great rivalry from start to finish.





Top Series Master Brian McCarthy on the right.






A Graybeard at 45, TJ headed up the Masters field ahead of CSU’s Jason Goldschmidt. With Jason placing 3rd overall and landing on the Open podium; that means hard working Brian McCarthy of HFC is the Series Masters champ.





HFC’s Joe Ciavatonne with top Series W50 Eileen Cakouros trailing. To the right is overall Series women’s runner-up Emily Larson.










The Big News on the women’s side is that Series leader Nicole Nelson of HFC, and just 22-weeks away from having her first child on race day, came in 2nd (in this race) among Publicans to teammate Emily Larson. Emily missed a race, but with Series runner-up Elizabeth Lennox missing the classic to run a marathon in Quebec, she leapfrogged Elizabeth into 2nd while Lennox still grasps the third slot after top Senior Eileen Cakouros came within 4-points of dislodging her.





Tough going in the W60 division as Mary McNulty edged Marge Bellisle by 1-second in this race but already had a Series lead. In men’s Senior action, Pickle Power came within 10 seconds of M50 victor Michael McGrane and, after missing a race, lands in a tie with CSU ace Kevin Delaney for 2nd.











Whirlaway’s Ken Warren, bad knee and all, came within 5-points of top M60 juggernaught Dave Wessman, whose grandson, Connor Burbine, clinched the theoretical 19-under Lemonade division.





Rich Paulson, who turned 80 before the Fall Classic, stands atop the M70 division while ageless Dave Pember is Octagenarian high octane. Perhaps not as combustible as global superstar Jan Holmquist in the W70 division, but pretty damn good for a mere mortal.





BREAKING NEWS: Unlike Covid’s Aftermath last year when we were penniless, there will be an Awards Night in early Dec. If going with tradition that would be the 1st Thursday, Dec. 7, location to be determined although we have a preliminary idea that we need to solidify next week.





Everyone who has done at least 5 races in the Series is invited. Check out the Attendance list HERE and if you’ve done 6 races and haven’t sent Michelle a jacket size please do so asap at or it’s “sorry sir, we’re out of double XLs but we do have a medium left.” Har-har! Thanks for hanging with the Series this year and we’ll be in touch about a night of celebration in the not too distant future.

Men’s Standings

Women’s Standings





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