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Hipson, Robson repeat champs at Sheila Poole 10K

Annual Yarmouth race draws 102 participants

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 15, 2017

YARMOUTH, N.S. – It broke her heart, but Denise Robson had her mind made up. She wasn’t going to run at this year’s Sheila Poole 10K.
After a recent two-week trip to Greece, where the heat kept her from doing any speed training, the Dartmouth runner strained her Achilles tendon in one of her first workouts back in Canada earlier this month.

Reigh and Ruth Poole, parents of the late Sheila Poole, presented the trophy to winners Denise Robson and Bryan Hipson at this year’s Sheila Poole 10K race in Yarmouth, N.S. on Saturday, July 15.

Photo courtesy of Sheila Poole 10K on Facebook

“It stopped me completely,” she recalled. “I’ve been getting treatment for the last 10 days or more, but had to stop my workout on Wednesday because it was so tender. I had to make the call with my coach, not to do the race.”
It was a tough call to make. The Sheila Poole run means a lot to Robson for two main reasons. For one, she was born in Yarmouth, and still has most of her family living there. Grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all show up to cheer her at the finish line every year.
“It’s like I have two hometowns,” she said. “It makes me proud that I can come and run so well down here.”
The other reason is her personal connection to Sheila Poole, who passed away in 1997. The two attended Dalhousie University together and ran for their school team.
“She was a big mentor,” said Robson. “I was the rookie, and she was the older, experienced runner. She made me feel part of the team. It’s such an individual sport, but we were a team when we were at university.
“That’s my connection with Sheila, and it’s a great connection,” she added.
With all of that on her mind, Robson received a text message from her daughter Ashley, who had made the trip to Yarmouth to run the race without her.
“She said that, even if I can’t run, that I need to come support this race,” she said. “I came down with another runner from my team the next day. I didn’t know what I was going to do until I warmed up this morning.”
After an extra-long 3K warm-up, Robson decided to race. She finished third overall with a time of 39:34, the top female at the event for the sixth straight year.
With no major flare-ups of the injury, she said she was so happy that she came and ran the race.
“It gives me confidence because I want to run the half in Barrington next weekend,” said Robson. “I’m so happy because I was so disappointed with how my season had been going so far.”
Finishing first overall for the second straight year was Yarmouth’s own Bryan Hipson, with a time of 36:56.
Although almost a minute slower than his winning time from last year, Hipson said he was happy with the result.
“I’m in the middle of ironman training, and it’s weighing a little on the speed side of things,” said Hipson, who will take part in the Ironman event in Mont-Tremblant, Que. on Aug. 20. “But it’s all good, I kind of expected that. I might switch things up next year and focus on shorter distances, at least for the beginning of the season.”
Although muggy, he said running conditions today were pretty much ideal, with mostly cloud cover and very little wind.
He likes the race and said he will do it every year unless he is injured.
“It’s local, so you have everybody who knows you here,” said Hipson. “I like the course… it’s challenging and has some hills. It’s just nice to be able to get up after sleeping in your own bed, and get ready for it.”
The run is also part of the Run Nova Scotia Performance Series, drawing the attention of plenty of the province’s best runners. Finishing second behind Hipson was Pierre Laberge at 39:14, followed by Robson at 39:34. Third male was Mike MacKinnon at 39:46, while second female was Chloe Austin at 40:51, followed by Ashley Robson at 42:47.
For complete, official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .