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Fourth Blue Nose win for Wieczorek

Newfoundland’s Decker top female marathoner

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 21, 2017

HALIFAX – Greg Wieczorek climbed back on top of the Blue Nose Marathon leaderboard today, capturing his fourth win of the past eight years.
The local favourite crossed the finish line at 2:41:07, nearly 10 minutes ahead of second place finisher Mike MacKinnon of Miscouche, P.E.I., who came in at 2:50:34. Coming in third was last year’s winner, Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth, at 2:53:28.
“I was really happy with how things went today and with my training cycle overall,” said Wieczorek. “This is the healthiest and most consistent I have been in my training in five years, so I was really happy that it all came together today.”
Peter Corbin of New Glasgow finishes a strong second at the Blue Nose 5K on Saturday.
All of his previous Blue Nose wins were on the regular course, which includes Dartmouth via the Macdonald Bridge. This was his first time running the alternate course, which is a double loop of the regular half marathon route.
“I felt strong throughout the race and worked hard on the uphill sections that were into a stiff headwind,” said Wieczorek. “Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers who helped put on such a fantastic event.”
Top female finisher was Roslynn Decker of Corner Brook, N.L., recording a personal best 3:08:17 in her debut at the event.
She said she was impressed with how well the event was run, with plenty of support crew to help runners along the way.
“I have to say personally I was nervous about the course, as I was informed it was ‘hilly’ and difficult to tackle,” said Decker. “There was also a stuff headwind. I anticipated finishing around 3:30, but to my surprise had a really good run today… The experience is one I’ll remember for a long time.”
Second among females was Linda MacDonald of Bedford at 3:14:39, followed by Sarah MacDonald of Beechville at 3:24:31.
Complete official results by Sportstats can be found here .
In the half marathon it was Johana Kariankei of Iten, Kenya finishing in top spot with a 1:07:55 time, followed by Donald Rasmussen of Antigonish at 1:15:11 and Chad Gilbert of Halifax at 1:19:04. Top females were Virginie Larochelle of Quebec City at 1:28:04, Emily Chepkorir of Halifax at 1:28:41 and Chloe Austin of Dartmouth at 1:30:57.
“I really loved the run,” said Larochelle. “It was beautiful, and a bit windy though.”
She said she liked the hills on the course, and enjoyed all the people cheering on the runners. Overall, she was pleased with her performance.
“I am happy,” said Larochelle. “I didn’t have any expectation because I couldn’t train as I wish. I have a 10-month-old girl, so I usually run with a stroller.”
In the 10K it was local runner Connor McGuire finishing first at 33:38, followed by Paul MacLellan of Antigonish at 35:10, and Daniel LeBlanc of Dieppe, N.B. at 36:25. Top females were Elizabeth Macdonald of Halifax at 40:15, Paula James of Windsor at 40:53, and Madeleine Crowell of Moncton, N.B. at 41:03.
The 5K event took place on Saturday afternoon, with local runner Graeme Wach finishing first at 16:18.
“The wind on the course was tough but I liked the race route,” said Wach. “It’s fun running past all the other runners because it’s an out-and-back course. You get really fired up from all the cheering.”
Wach has run the Blue Nose almost every year since he was a child, and it was his season opener for this year.
“It’s the biggest race in the Maritimes every year,” he said. “I love coming out for the crowds and the excellent atmosphere that the Blue Nose provides.”
Finishing in second place was Peter Corbin of New Glasgow at 17:06, followed by Joe Stewart of Halifax at 17:14. Top females were Iris Gamble of Shad Bay at 21:48, Natalie Munro of Bedford at 22:35, and Laurie Ann Hughes of Chester at 25:13.