Lynn Woods Relays, August 23, 2017 – By Linda Desjardins.
Reflections on Lynn Woods…again. It’s fun to be there. It’s nice to see Striders and some of our friends from other clubs like Team Gloucester and Wicked and many others. But we all do seem to agree that this is one tough race. That first hill grabs us before we’re aerobically stable and squeezes every ounce of oxygen out of us. I remind myself I’ve run Mt. Washington twice and try to convince myself that this is just a molehill. No. It is not. And I use the word “run” Mt. Washington loosely because it’s more like a power walk. We all RUN this race. I was…breathless for most of it. The rough terrain is foreign to the feet of many us as we train on much less hilly and much smoother surfaces. The tree canopy is forgiving in the warm weather; but when the sun peeps through openings, we are blind to the rocks and roots, and an inner voice sends a “be cautious” message to our brains. “Let up, let up” the tempting voice says. But we all trek on. The turnaround is always nice because it’s nearly halfway. But as soon as we start thinking…hey this isn’t all that bad, the goat path (which grows in length and difficulty annually) reminds us this ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco, this ain’t no fooling around. Staying upright while still making forward progress is now the mantra. Don’t fall. It’s OK to walk over that rock rather than try to bound over it. Right when we think the left turn will never appear, Ta Dah…there it is. And that downhill is very welcome. As soon as those cheering us along to the finish come into sight, that last-minute surge propels us to the finish line as we thankfully look over to see our next teammate undertake the challenge that is Lynn Woods. Yeah, we’ll all do it again next year. The North Shore Striders always do ourselves proud, as Mike’s chart clearly indicates. We have all earned a standing ovation.
Results Compiled by Michael Pelletier.
Here are the corrected results for the North Shore Striders at Lynn Woods. I wasn’t quick enough to get some late changes to Bill Mullen in time for the first published results, but Bill will correct the on-line results and republish them as soon as he can.
The two fastest Male North Shore Striders were Sean Michael Kay (4th Overall) and Bass Camara (19th Overall).
The two fastest NSS women were Jen Rosman and Lauren Hamilton.
|Lynn Woods Relay — August 22, 2017|
|6th/13||NSS Hillcats||Women Open||Rosie Kyes||Natalia Kay22:42||Marianna Kay 24:58||Jen Rosman 19:35||Rosie Kyes21:32|
|1st/5||NSS BA Trail Smashers||Women Seniors||Cheryl Welsh||Cheryl Welsh 25:10||Jen O’Neil 21:56||Jill Page 22:21||Lauren Hamilton 19:30|
|4th/5||NSS Fine Wine||Women Seniors||Mary Stevens||Marisol Ficaro 27:33||Maureen Kelly 25:57||Betsy O’Brine 26:46||Mary Stevens 25:50|
|1st||NSS Decades of Decadence||Women Veterans||Linda Desjardins||Linda Desjardins 26:50||Bonnie Hallinan 28:00||Deb Jackson 27:06||Linda Jennings22:38|
|4th/16||NSS Fleet Feet||Men Open||Aidan Kay||Sean Michael Kay 14:01||Aidan Kay 17:24||Corey Desmarais17:33||Bass Camara 15:17|
|5th/7||NSS Running Wild||Men Masters||Gary Freedman||Sal Genovese 18:02||Jay Kumar 21:10||Gary Freedman 21:10||Art Clay 19:27|
|3rd/4||NSS Silver Streaks||Men Veterans||Bill Kobus||Bill Kobus 20:18||Kevin Rich 22:43||Dave Jefska 22:24||Neil Bernstein 26:29|
|1st||NSS-Not Your Average Granddads||Super Veterans||Dave Newhall||Joe Giannone 26:02||George Geis 22:43||Dave Newhall 23:40||Mike Pelletier 23:56|
|NSS Running Easy||Reserves||Jenny Reynolds||Armand Claveau 35:05||Stefan Mogielnicki20:13||Jenny Reynolds 36:28||Tom Maloney 24:40|
- Roger Perham – Team Photographer
- Anne Pelletier – Tee-shirt & Food Coordinator
- Nancy Giannone – Assistant to Anne
Tom McMahon says
Great write up, Linda!
Linda Desjardins says
Gee thanks, Tom!