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Girls rule in Canada Day 10-miler

Doucet leads the way with new provincial record

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 2, 2018

GRAND BAY-WESTFIELD, N.B. – Outstanding performances by women are nothing new to New Brunswick running events, but yesterday’s Subway Canada Day 10-Miler here set a new standard in female dominance.
Both distances – the 10-miler and the 5K – were won by women, while three female records were also broken on the hot and humid day.
In the middle of all of this achievement was Shelley Doucet of Quispamsis, who placed first with a time of 59:43, breaking her own previous female course record of 1:01:20, and setting a new 10-mile provincial female record.

Shelley and Evan Doucet finished first and second in yesterday’s Subway Canada Day 10 Miler in Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B., with Shelley setting a new provincial 10-mile female record of 59:43.

Photo courtesy of Shelley Doucet

“As I approached the last three miles of the race, my average pace dropped as the heat and hills were catching up to me,” said Evan. “Once I hit the last mile, I knew the next runner behind me, Jeff Queen, was not far off. I knew I needed a good last mile to stay ahead of Jeff, as he seemed strong the whole way and was likely going to put a good final kick in.”
As it was with Shelley, the last mile was one of Evan’s fastest.
Queen finished in third place, with a time of 1:02:42, followed by Dan Backa at 1:06:21. Second among females was Sue Teakles at 1:18:54, followed by Suzanne Doucet at 1:18:58.
In the 5K race, Holly Pougnet of Spruce Grove, Alta. was the winner, with a time of 21:38, followed by top male finisher, Gregory Goff of St. Andrews, at 22:02.
Goff was pleased with his performance, which was not a personal best, but the best he has run in recent years.
“I enjoyed the event, and loved the 5K course,” he said. “It seemed to be well organized, and lots of fun.”
His only suggestion would be to have EMS personnel on site for future races.
“Given the temperature, humidity, and the age of some of the participants, it would seem essential,” said Goff.
Claire Oliver finished in third place in the 5K, with a time of 22:08, followed by Jillian Beck at 22:22. Second among males was Lukas Tymowski at 22:57, followed by Jack Carda at 24:18.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Despite the hot and humid conditions, the event saw a 7.4 per cent increase in finishers, according to Coffin. Funds raised from the event go to the Westfield Scouts, who organize the race course.
Besides Shelley Doucet’s female course record, other records broken this year were Alexis Moffett setting a new marker in the under-20 category in the 10-miler, with a time of 1:27:36, while Mary Brosnan set a new standard in the 60-69 category with a time of 28:58.
She finished just under three minutes ahead of the top male finisher – her husband Evan. Her goal was to finish in under 60 minutes.
“My plan was to run the first half slower than the second so that I would have enough energy for the return trip on the out-and-back, especially the final mile, which is all uphill,” she explained. “It took a lot of patience to run slightly over 30 minutes, but the plan worked perfectly and I felt very strong in the final miles of the race, with my final mile being my second fastest.”
The couple had adjusted their goal times the night before the race, when they saw the forecast for heat and close to 100 per cent humidity.
She praised the Westfield Scouts for their efforts on course, offering refreshments and words of encouragement, and race director Alex Coffin for putting on another great event.
“We participated in this race because we always enjoy participating in races directed by Alex, as there is always great energy and history,” said Shelley. “We also love racing locally, as our children, parents, siblings and friends are all there for support throughout the race and at the finish.”
She was also proud of her husband, who put in a solid performance in spite of the heat. He finished with a time of 1:02:31.
“Overall, the race was a really good experience,” he said. “It started out quick, with a one-mile downhill, and I knew it would be a tough finish, considering I would have to climb these same hills towards the finish line.”
He took advantage of the several water stations and the encouragement from family and friends, and said he felt strong throughout the race, especially at the halfway turnaround, when he was able to give his wife a much-deserved high-five.