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A run for Girl Guides

Event raises funds for trip to Ontario

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 2, 2017

STANLEY BRIDGE, P.E.I. – Deceivingly challenging.
That is how race director Paula Pickering heard the course often described after Saturday’s Girl Guides Fun Run in Stanley Bridge.
“A good friend, who I run this road with frequently, commented, ‘That hill gets me every time’,” said Pickering, who reported the race went very well.
A “small but enthusiastic” group of participants turned out for the event, which was a fundraiser for the Kensington Girl Guide Unit’s upcoming trip to Ottawa and Toronto, Ont. A total of 23 runners and walkers took part, including a trio from Target Tours, who helped plan the trip.

International visitors from Nigeria and Japan (from left) Tomon Semi, Maya Taniyuchi and Moe Takeda were among the participants in the Girl Guides Fun Run in Stanley Bridge, P.E.I. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

j. norman-bain photo

Offered were 5K and 2.5K routes along Campbellton Road.
“Most of the youth walked/ran the 2.5K but one young boy ran the 5K and placed third, impressing everyone cheering at the finish line,” said Pickering. “We had door prizes from the Haunted Mansion in Kensington and Cavendish Adventure Zone, which brought out a lot of smiles on those who won. And did I mention the homemade cookies at the finish line?”
The day was cool and windy for the 14 who participated in the 5K event.
First across the finish line was Alex Bain, with a time of 19:51.
“It was cool, and the course was hilly,” said Bain. “It was my last race before the Chicago Marathon.”
In second place was D.J. Welton at the 21:28 mark, followed by William Sawchuk at 25:39.
The top female finisher was Ronda Bellefontaine, with a time of 31:31.
“The run was very well organized,” she said. “It was a challenging 5K run that started with a steep incline, and on the way back a longer, slower incline… a nice quiet road to run on with a beautiful view of the water along the route.”
Bellefontaine enjoyed seeing the younger runners, some of whom were completing a 5K challenge as part of their school physical education program, and others who were preparing for an upcoming elementary school cross-country meet.
Second among females was Margaret Stordy, with a time of 32:55, followed by Karen O’Brien at 32:58.
For complete results, visit the PEI Roadrunners page here .