NSS Super Veteran Men finish 3rd in USATF/NE Grand Prix

On Sunday August 9th, on a cool, breezy morning, three 70+ North Shore Striders drove to Narragansett RI for the 5th race in the USATF/NE Grand Prix, the New England 5M Championship, the Bobby Doyle 5M Summer Classic. Against some of the best runners in New England in a race with 663 finishers, Armand Claveau, Giuseppe Giannone (fresh off the injured reserve list), and Mike Pelletier finished as 3rd Super Veteran team behind the NE 65+ Running Club and the Cambridge Sports Union.

Individually, Mike was 9th/17 M70-99 in 44:21; Giuseppe was 12th/17 M70-99 in 49:59, and Armand was 13th/17 M7099 in 55:39.

Striders Rock Beach to Beacon and Swimsuit Classic

beachtobeaconIn addition to the Striders who ran the Bridge & Back 10k last weekend, we had some other Striders who also competed in area races:

Nancy Wilson made her annual appearance at Joan Benoit’s  Beach to Beacon 10k in Cape Elizabeth, ME, on Saturday, August 1, 2015.  Nancy finished 2/4 in the W80+ Division.

Also, last weekend (on Sunday) Scott Fraser ran a PR in the 5K Swimsuit Classic hosted by the Mystic Runners. Scott ran the Swimsuit Classic in a time of 41:36, almost 4 minutes faster than the 45:00 Scott ran at the Finish at the Fifty that Scott raced on July 3rd. And for those who are curious, I have it on good authority that Scott did not race in a swimsuit.

Congratulations to both Nancy and Scott on a job well done!

Bridge & Back 10K

By Mike Pelletier – Salem, MA, August 2, 2015, 8:00AM Start.

Bridge and Back 10K

Bridge and Back 10K

The Bridge & Back 10K was the fifth race in the 2015 NSS GP where runners could score points in an age-group. The weather wasn’t bad for August. At the start, it felt like the temperature was in the 70s with a westerly breeze. This is a challenging out-and-back course with the Beverly-Salem Bridge serving as a major hill in both directions. The first ascent of the bridge at 1.3 miles quickly changed any misperceptions that this would be easy running. The second ascent confirmed that there would be few negative splits today.

Gary Freedman was the 1st Strider man and 4th Male 55-59. Jennifer O’Neil was 1stStrider woman and 3rd Female 50-54.

Mike Pelletier was 1st Male 70+, beating his rival Ted Rideout from SRR by almost 2 minutes.

OA Name Place Age-Group Time
71st Gary Freedman 4/20 M5559 48:48
105 Jennifer O’Neil 3/22 F5054 50:56
156 Vanessa Diranian 11/44 F3539 54:15
167 Mariellen Hayward 6/17 F5559 55:00
187 Denise Young 8/17 F5559 56:30
194 Michael Pelletier 1/3 M7099 56:45
273 Maureen Kelly 13/22 F5054 1:03:50
349 Mary Stevens 19/22 F5054 1:13:05
371 Jenny Reynolds 33/35 F3034 1:19:52
374 Shannon Downey 24/24 F4044 1:22:19

Lynn 4 x 1 Mile Relay

by Tom McMahon

Manning Field

Manning Field

We had fairly short notice on this event and were only able to field one team, however, Dan Forster, Mike Veatch, Denise Young, and Lauren Hamilton had a very strong showing, placing first in the Open Co-Ed category, defined as at least 2 women per team, even though they were a Senior Coed team.  There was a bit of a mix up on the finishers as 2 teams with only 1 woman were initially placed ahead of our North Shore Striders team.  However, President Mike Pelletier lobbied on our behalf and this was corrected.

This is a really fun event and NSS should try and put together more teams for next year.  Teams can place by age group as well as male, female, or co-ed.  The event is one of several free track events in the summer sponsored by the Lynn Recreation Department.  They are held at the almost brand new track facility at Manning Field in Lynn.  It’s a great surface to run a fast time.
Other running clubs with teams competing were Greater Lowell and Somerville Road Runners.  I believe there were several high school teams and a total of approximately 12 teams.
Since this was a relay on a 400 meter track it’s difficult to get a precise mile time for each team member but the approximate times were:

Dan – 5:41; Mike – 5:52; Denise – 7:53; and Lauren – 7:02.

Congratulations on those great times!

Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler and 5K

Yankee Homecoming

Yankee Homecoming

And the big news is that the Yankee Homecoming 10 Miler and 5K on Tuesday, July 28th is again part of the NSS Grand Prix. If you weren’t able to run the NE Running Company 10 Miler or you weren’t satisfied with your time, the NSSSSSC has decided to award points for your best time in either 10 miler or for the 5K in the same way we have awarded points for 10M/5K combinations in the past.

And if you run the 10 Miler in Newburyport, don’t forget to indicate on the application that you are running for the North Shore Striders. There is prize money for teams from USATF/NE registered clubs, so indicate that you are a Strider. Members of our teams that win prize money get to split the cash winnings.

And if you are NOT running in Newburyport we need your help in distributing applications to the Nahant Half Marathon/5K on September 27th, 2015.