Baystate Marathon/Half Marathon

Tom, Denise, Linda, Neil, and Mariellen before the start.

Tom, Denise, Linda, Neil, and Mariellen before the start.

Congrats to all of the Striders who finished the Baystate Half or Full Marathon this weekend, and especially to Linda Desjardins who pulled off [yet another] BQ! Grand Prix results have been updated. Please check your score as we’re heading into the final event of the series, the Mill Cities Relay in December.

And now here is a recap of the race, generously provided by Linda Desjardins (thanks, Linda!):

Baystate:  a runner-friendly course and a mountain of support from the Lowell Road Runners.  The race’s execution, from my vantage point, was flawless.  The weather was just right hovering near 50.  OK the wind was problematical at times.  Those of us who ran the marathon were subjected to 4.5 miles of unrelenting strong headwind TWICE as there’s a repeat loop.  Striders made a good showing: three marathoners and six half-marathoners.  Rosie Kyes and I ran the first half of the marathon together.  We had some unforgettable miles.  During one particular stretch we said we’d never forget, an older woman (but younger than me) was running and had a big smile on her face.  But…with every foot plant she’d say ahhhhh and then the next foot plant she’d almost shout whooo.  On and on, ahhhh, whooo, ahhhh, whooo.  Everyone around her was laughing.  We thank her for giving us an incentive to pick up the pace and get out of ear shot.  At about the half, Rosie wanted to take a walking break and told me to keep on, so I did.  We were cruising at a 10 minute pace and shooting for negative splits.  At mile 19, I began to suffer repeated charley horse-type cramps and hobbled back the last 7 miles, stopping frequently to stomp out the cramps in the seized calves.  Rosie, getting some strong second wind, was able to catch me at mile 24 and extended her hand for me to stay with her.  If I only could.  I couldn’t even raise my hand.  Rosie had a great finish and cruised in.  I…finished, nearly falling down on the way to the chute.  In retrospect, another memorable marathon.  But I think I’m getting too old for this!  (I WAS the second oldest woman running the marathon.)

Striders are invited to attend a talk by Dave McGillivray

On Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, the Mystic Runners are hosting a talk by Dave McGillivray, and they have generously extended an invitation for all the members of the North Shore Striders to join.

The talk will take place on that Wednesday, following the Mystic Runners’ weekly “Lake Q 5K.” Come to run the race (not required), then stay to listen to Dave.

The 5K starts at 6:45 at the Clarion Wakefield (formerly the Lord Wakefield) at 595 North Ave, Wakefield.

The talk by Dave McGillivray, scheduled to start at 8 p.m., will be nearby at the Crystal Community Club, 77 Preston St., Wakefield.

Lone Gull Recap

Below is a recap of this weekend’s 8th Annual Lone Gull Race in Gloucester by Mike Pelletier (with contributions from Linda Desjardins). Grand Prix results will be updated next week.

By Mike Pelletier

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Today in Gloucester at the Lone Gull, at least twenty Striders competed in the USATF/NE 10K Championship. I’ve listed the twenty below. The Lone Gull offered a fair and beautiful course on a day made for running.

 Annajean McMahon took a break from her marathon training and returned to the USATF/NE Grand Prix for the first time in a year. The results were magical as Annajean led the NSS Veteran Women’s team to a first place finish over three other Veteran women’s teams, beating the second place team by 4:40 and snagged second place for herself in the Women 60-69 age group. Rounding out this prize-money-winning team were Linda Desjardins and Deb Jackson. Deb had just finished 350 miles of bicycling in Maine over the previous 6 days, but held on gamely to Melsi_LoneGullcap the week with a 10K race.

Meanwhile, on the Men’s side, the NSS Male Super Veteran Team of George Geis, Michael Pelletier, and Armand Claveau won the 70+ division, setting them first place in the year-long USATF/NE team competition with only one race, the Manchester City Marathon left in the 2014 series

Rachel’s Run 5K – November 29th

For those Striders eager for more races on cross-country terrain, or for those looking for another fun opportunity to burn off some Thanksgiving pie, consider running Rachel’s Run on Saturday, November 29th. This race will honor the memory of Rachel Morrison who whose life was tragically ended this past March when she was struck by a drunk driver in Del Mar, California.  Rachel was an avid runner, and the daughter of a long time member in our neighboring running club, the GLRR. For more information on what sounds like a really fun and friendly fall race, please see this letter from Rachel’s dad, and mail-in registration form, or register online.

Lynn Woods Relay

Bonnie&PattiCongrats to everyone who ran (and/or cheered) the 2014 Lynn Woods Relay, and especially to those who set new PRs for pizza eating! Grand Prix results have been updated. Please check your score and email me if you believe there are any errors. Following is a race report with thanks to Mike Pelletier:

Complete results are available at http://www.lwrun.org/ but here is a complete report of how we did as a club. The short summary is “Fantastic!” Read more

An Old New England Favorite From Many Perspectives

DSC_0677We asked for a few (or many) words to describe Tuesday night’s 55th running of the Yankee Homecoming 5k/10m in Newburyport. Here are the terrific responses (can you see a theme?). Additionally, the Grand Prix results have been updated (we’re still awaiting the final results of the Weiner Run 10K). Please check your score and email me if you note any errors.

Molly: I’m happy to write one but it will focus more on my desperate search for porta potties and creepy male runners than the actual race. If you want a true race report, I’m not the best one to do it. :)

Linda: Newburyport has to be one of the best running cities EVER! Folks lined the streets for the 5K and 10 miler and set up their own water stops for us and had hoses out to offer a cooling-off spray.  We’re talking at least 30  formal and informal water stations over 10 miles! The 10 miler is one of my favorite races – and I did pretty well, despite feeling oh-so-warm.  I’m just not a warm weather person!  Read more