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Fast times at River Valley Middle School

Britt wins annual rave run 5K with 15:19 time

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 13, 2017

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – After 13 years, the secret is out about the River Valley Rave Run.
More than 100 runners gathered for the annual 5K race here on Saturday, June 10, enjoying beautiful weather and a course that is becoming well known for hosting some impressive performances.
“The course was just recently certified, and I am hoping many will come here in the future to set PBs and provincial age class records,” said race director David Shiels.
Starting and finishing at River Valley Middle School, the loop course offers flat and downhill section for the first half, and a mostly flat second half before a small hill to the finish.

More than 100 runners took part in the 13th annual River Valley Rave Run 5K in Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B. on Saturday, June 10.

Photo courtesy of David Shiels

The top eight finishers on Saturday came in under the 20-minute mark, including first place finisher Barry Britt of Hampton, who ran a blistering 15:19.
“My only goal was to work hard and feel the hurt that a race brings again,” said Britt. “I haven’t raced in 11 months, and I have some track races coming up, so I needed to get one in. It was cool to do it at this race because I participated in their inaugural race back in 2003.”
Britt was only one second behind James Murphy’s 15:18 finish last year, and three seconds behind the course record set by Matt McNeil in 2014.
Coming in second behind Britt was Grant Handrigan at 15:58, followed by James MacLellan at 16:33.
Top females were Brenda Guitard at 21:13, Suzanne Doucet at 21:44, and Claire Oliver at 22:15.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here.
 “I hope to promote the course a little better to the beginner and competitive runner,” said Shiels. “It is a great course for both groups to test their fitness and mental toughness.”
The River Valley rave Run is a school and community event aimed at promoting physical fitness through running and walking in and around the community. The event also featured kids’ runs and a school student and staff team competition.
This year’s race was featured in the Run New Brunswick Super Series.
“Many runners have raved about the course and the organization of the run,” said Shiels. “We hope to grow the event in the next couple of years and bid to host the RunNB 5K provincial championship when it comes up for renewal.”