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Arsenault, Doucet
win Hampton 5 Miler

New female course record at N.B. championship race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 10, 2018

HAMPTON, N.B. – Shelley Doucet set a new course record at yesterday’s Hampton 5 Miler, but she was more excited about what her friends and training partners were able to accomplish at the race.
She said she was “super proud” of Evan Arsenault, who has been her main training partner, and was the overall winner of the Hampton race, with a PB time of 26:55. Also impressing her was Jeff Queen, who came back from an injury to race a new PB of 28:36.
“He is so fit but has had a few setbacks, and it was just so great to see it all come together for him,” said Doucet. “I chatted with Jeff the day before and we both had similar goals, his was to lower his PB (29:14) and I was going to go after the course record (29:19).”

Evan Arsenault and Shelley Doucet are shown here with race director Duncan McRae during the post-race ceremony after winning the annual Hampton 5 Miler in Hampton, N.B. yesterday.

Cat Smith photo

The pair started slow, gradually picking up the pace throughout the race, with the final two miles their fastest. Doucet finished four seconds behind Queen, earning the new record of 28:40, and also a new provincial age group record for the 5-mile distance. She missed the overall provincial record by only 19 seconds.
It was the latest of several New Brunswick races the Quispamsis runner has taken part in this year as she prepares for next month’s Chicago Marathon.
“I am not crazy about racing shorter distances, especially in the peak of a marathon build,” said Doucet. “But I thought it would be a good experience to do something completely out of my comfort zone, as I know I will be feeling a lot of discomfort in the final miles of the marathon and this would be good practice.”
Arsenault was happy for his training partner, and quite pleased with his own performance at the race, which served as the New Brunswick 5 Mile provincial championship.
“I would have been happy to break 28 minutes, so I was thrilled to be able to get a PB and sneak under 27 minutes with a 26:55,” he said.
“I enjoyed seeing all the other good performances as well.”
The conditions in Hampton on Sunday seemed perfect for the 223 participants who finished the race.
“Cooler temperatures, very little wind, and a fast course helped a lot of runners achieve their goals, which was good to see,” said Arsenault. “As always, I enjoyed the great atmosphere at this race and it was very fun to participate in.”
Finishing second was Nicholas Larade, with a time of 27:40, followed by Queen at 28:36. Second among females was Sacha Hourihan at 30:35, followed by Erin Vringer, who set a new provincial record for the under-19 age group with a 30:37 finish.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .