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Hipson wins Johnny Miles marathon

Alexander top female finisher in New Glasgow event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 18, 2017

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. – It was a family event here today, as all ages took part in the annual Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, but the marathon came down to two battle-tested veterans.
Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth edged out local favourite Dave MacLennan of Scotsburn to take spot in the 42.2K race, with a time of 2:52:36.
In previous years, Hipson said the trail section of the course threw him off a little, but this time he read it better.

Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth won the 2017 Johnny Miles marathon with a time of 2:52:36, edging out Scotsburn’s Dave MacLennan by 27 seconds.

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“The last few times, I didn’t really pay attention the trail,” he said. “But you have to respect the course, and that’s part of the course. You’re always slower on a trail, and that’s not a little one. You do it four times.”
Hipson said he felt good until about the 30K mark, and was suffering cramps in his calves at the end of the race.
“Last time, I cramped up completely and almost had to stop,” he said. “This time was more reasonable, because I paced myself better. But I never seem to get away from it altogether.”
Hipson’s win denied MacLennan his 12th victory at the Johnny Miles marathon, but the Scotsburn runner was happy with the result. He has had a nagging hamstring issue, and said he has barely run at all since the Blue Nose Marathon a month ago.
“Going in, my goal was to try and hang on to Bryan as long as possible,” said MacLennan, who finished second at 2:53:03. “In the second lap he put in a little surge and I met it, then all of a sudden he slowed right down. I was still feeling good, so I picked it up there.”
On the fourth lap, however, he could feel himself starting to fade.
“I started thinking, he’s going to be coming, and sure enough, he came by me,” said MacLennan, who finished almost two minutes faster than his winning time last year. “But that was all right. I’m really happy with it.”
Finishing in third place was Herbie Sakalauskus of Sydney River at 2:56:43.
Top female finisher was Nancy Alexander of Timberlea at 3:28:23, qualifying for Boston one year after doing so for the first time at the Johnny Miles, in her very first marathon.
“I qualified here, and went to Boston, but I wasn’t acclimatized and didn’t do what I thought I could do,” she said. “I thought I’d come up here and do it again, and it was awesome.”
While she doesn’t plan on returning to Boston next year, she was able to answer some questions with this race.

Nancy Alexander of Timberlea was the top female marathon finisher.

“I wanted to prove that the training I did was at 3:30, and I did it in 3:30 today, so I was very happy,” said Alexander, who was almost nine minutes faster than her 3:37:08 at the Johnny Miles last year. “It’s the first time I’ve done a very even split.”
The second female finisher was Petra Spires of Hubley at 3:31:34, followed by Sarah Cleveland of Fredericton at 3:36:00.
In the half marathon, Donald Rasmussen of Antigonish raced to his second straight win, with a time of 1:18:46, 41 seconds slower than his 2016 time.
“It was very humid today, I saw a lot of people sweating, but I feel good,” said Rasmussen. “I like this course. It’s not too flat, and it has no crazy hills. It’s just a good course, and I feel good about the result.”
Finishing second was Matt Parker of Dartmouth at 1:25:33, followed by Matthew Fraser of New Glasgow at 1:29:14. Top females were Morag McDonah of Halifax at 1:36:54, Tracy Townsend of Calgary, Alta. at 1:39:47, and Christa Hynes of New Glasgow at 1:39:58.
In the 10K, it was James Van de Sande of Antigonish, who raced to a 40:53 finish for first place.
“I had fun out there,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting to come in first place, but I had a really good time. I like it because there are not too many hills, it’s really flat, and it’s mixed up between asphalt and trails. It’s kind of what I’m used to from running cross-country in school.”
Finishing second was Ian Thompson of Halifax at 41:35, followed closely by top female Sarah Mason of Dartmouth at 41:39. Third place male was Colin Burris of Truro at 42:05. The second female was Denita Hammond of Halifax at 44:50, followed by Janine Pelham of Halifax at 45:43.
Raymond Simpson of Merigomish won his third straight 5K race at the Johnny Miles with a time of 16:59, six seconds faster than his finish last year.
“I wish I had a little more competition to push myself, but other than that it was a fun race to come out and support the community,” he said. “There are a couple hills in it to make it challenging, but that’s what’s fun about racing.”
It was an all Pictou County podium for the 5K, as New Glasgow runners Maximilian Van Zyl finished in second place with an 18:53 time, followed by Joseph McCarron, also of New Glasgow, at 19:02.
Top female was Breanna Sandluck of Thorburn at 20:05.
“I feel pretty good, but I went out too hard, and it cost me later,” she said, after the race. “I usually run the 10K, and this was my first time running the 5K. It was real nice but I do like the longer stuff better.”
Second female was Allie Sandluck of Thorburn at 20:20, followed by Chanelle Cameron of New Glasgow at 21:30.
For complete, official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
A total of 1,264 participants took part in the four races on Sunday, down about 200 from last year.

Donald Rasmussen of Antigonish was the top haf marathon finisher.

James Van de Sande of Antigonish was the top 10K finisher.

Raymond Simpson of Merigomish was the top 5K finisher.