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Grande-Digue 15K draws 258 participants

Wesselius, Wilson top finishers

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 29, 2017

GRANDE-DIGUE, N.B. – The region’s most competitive 15K race took place here this morning, with more than 250 runners and walkers taking part in the annual 15km de Grande-Digue.
In a field that included some of New Brunswick’s top runners, it was Lee Wesselius of River Glade who finished in first place with a time of 51:05.
Although happy with the win, Wesselius said he was disappointed with his performance.
“I went out a little on the quick end with the wind at my back, and struggled the second half with the headwind and hills,” he said. “I was also dealing with a hip/groin niggle that seized up during the second half.”

Runners start out in the annual 15km de Grande-Digue on Saturday, April 29.

Photo courtesy of 15km de Grande-Digue on Facebook

The conditions were a bit on the hotter side, especially during the first half, according to Wesselius.
“The wind was also fairly noticeable in the last 5K and seemed to pick up, compared to earlier in the morning,” he said.
Following in second place was James MacLellan of Oromocto, who was only nine seconds behind at 51:14.
It was MacLellan’s second time running Grande-Digue.
“I was really happy with how it went, overall,” he said. “I knew the second half was hilly, but there was a really strong headwind that came out of nowhere, which made it more challenging.”
Despite those challenges, he worked hard to pick up the pace and close the gap with Wesselius as the end of the race drew near, narrowing it to a nine-second difference.

“I knew going into this race how competitive it is,” said MacLellan, whose next race will be the military world championship in Ottawa on May 28. “There are so many talented and gifted runners who do this race… I feel blessed to have come second and really happy the results.”
Finishing third was Lee Roy of Bathurst at 51:42.
Top females were Colleen Wilson at 58:22, almost two minutes behind the 56:24 course record for females she set at last year’s race. Following her in second place was Heidi MacLellan of Irishtown at 1:00:04, and Madeleine Crowell of Moncton at 1:03:19.
Top 5K finishers were Yannick Boudreau at 20:26, Paul Donelle at 23:19, and Adam Cote at 23:32. Top females were Carlie Dupuis at 25:53, Kieve Bourgeois at 26:30 and Louise Babin at 26:40.
For official complete results by Atlantic Chip, visit Race Roster here .