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Lalanne, O’Donnell win Fiddlers marathon

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 11, 2017

SYDNEY, N.S. – There is nothing like winning at home.
For Sydney’s Justin Lalanne, winning the annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run yesterday was a sweet victory.
“The Fiddlers marathon is a particularly meaningful race to me, not only because it takes place in my hometown, but because it brings runners from all over the Maritimes to Cape Breton,” said Lalanne, who finished with a time of 2:50:32. “I had a number of friends and family out on the course for support and motivation, which was a huge help.
“It was definitely emotional, winning a marathon with all of my family and friends watching,” he added.
Photos by Tim Chesnutt
It may have been the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run, but bagpipes were also out in full force in Sydney, N.S. on Sunday, Sept. 10.
He gave full credit to all the organizers and volunteers for doing “an amazing job” to make the event run smoothly.
Lalanne finished more than four minutes ahead of Matthew White, who came in at the 2:54:35 mark. Thomas Kyte finished third at 3:05:25.
Among females, Heather O’Donnell of Middleton topped the field with a time of 3:11:49.
O’Donnell, who used the race as a tune-up for next month’s Chicago Marathon, enjoyed the atmosphere in Cape Breton.
“The run was well organized and the water stations had lots of great energy,” she said. “The volunteers kept the route safe and, although there were a few hills, it was pretty running along the river. We got to share the experience with family and friends and had a really fun weekend.”
Less than 30 seconds behind her was Kaili van Vulpen, who finished second among females at the 3:12:17 mark. In third place was Jenn Coolen at 3:30:27.
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Although the half marathon was included in the Run Nova Scotia Performance Series, it was a New Brunswicker who ran away with the race, as Moncton’s James MacLellan finished in first place with a PB time of  1:13:52.
The race conditions were excellent, according to MacLellan, although his body almost didn’t cooperate. He said the race challenged him physically and mentally.
“Near the end of the race, I started getting a cramp in my stomach,” he said. “But I only had a kilometer to go, so I just tried my best to push through it. At one point, I thought I might have been close to throwing up, so I slowed down a bit.”
Finishing second was Thomas White at 1:14:39, followed by Andreas Burger at 1:21:18.
Kim Scattolon of Glace Bay was the top female finisher, with a time of 1:36:15.
“The last three-and-a-half miles are a slow and steady climb, almost to the finish, so it can be tough for sure,” she said. “I felt great, though the race pushed me. I have run this course before. I like it, but it’s challenging.”
Laura Peters finished second among females at 1:40:27, followed by Susan Campbell at 1:40:45.
In the 10K, it was another local runner, Corey Deveaux of Sydney River, who came in first place, with a time of 36:48.
“The 10K was a tough race, as I’ve been taking a break from structured training the past couple months,” he said. “The weather was perfect during the 10K, and the volunteers were awesome too. It’s certainly a must-do venue.”
Daniel Murray at 37:34 and Allan MacKenzie at 38:43 rounded out the all-Cape Breton top three.
Among females, it was Stacy Chesnutt of Dartmouth first across the line at the 41:44 mark.
“I dropped down from the half marathon, as I am not doing enough distance to race that far, so winning the 10K was an unexpected result of making the choice to not struggle through 21K,” she said. “I find everyone at this race is really friendly and I seem to know so many participants, it’s just a fun event. I try not to miss it.”
Second among females was Sarah Martin at 44:15, followed by Lindsay Ozon at 45:01.
It was the 5K race that drew the largest number of participants – 247 – and Kirk Maclean of Coldbrook came out on top with a time of 19:08.
Originally from Cape Breton, Maclean was making his debut at the Fiddlers Run. Like Chesnutt, he had been planning to run the half marathon, but a nasty wasp sting forced him to change distances at the last minute. Overall, he said it was a great experience for he and girlfriend Lynsee Misner.
“I loved the location of the start of the event, right on the water – it was easy to find,” said Maclean. “There were a lot of water stations on the way. It was great that CBRM shuts down one lane for this event to take place, and the volunteers who put in so much work.”
Finishing second was Oliver Gould at 19:31, followed by top female Ella Bottomley at 19:47, and third place male Tim Duguay at 20:15. Second female was Kyla Gillis at 20:16, followed by Stephanie Myles at 20:22.
A total of 578 participants finished the four distances.
Photos by Tim Chesnutt
Justin Lalanne of Sydney was first across the line in the marathon, finishing at 2:50:32.
Photos by Tim Chesnutt
Heather O'Donnell of Middleton smiled all the way to the finish as the top female at 3:11:49.