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O’Shea wins 20K race in trail running debut

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 17, 2017

MACTAQUAC, N.B. – Ryan O’Shea seems to have made the right choice for his first trail race.
The New Maryland runner, well known for his achievements in road racing, came first in the 20K at the Mactaquac Trail Race on Sunday, Oct. 15, running mostly with his friend and trail running enthusiast Shelley Doucet.
“My actual race was really fun,” said O’Shea, who finished with a time of 1:28:21. “Shelley and I had agreed to run together for most of the race, and we settled on a pace we were both comfortable with and stuck together the first 15K,” he said.

Ryan O’Shea and Shelley Doucet were among the participants at the inaugural Mactaquac Trail Race on Sunday, Oct. 15, placing first and second overall in the 20K distance.

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At the 10K mark, he let her know he would be picking up the pace for the last 5K and Doucet, who is racing the half marathon at the upcoming Legs for Literacy event in Moncton, was fine with letting him move ahead, he explained.
“Just having Shelley to run with and chat with made my first trail race extra special, and I can’t wait to do another one,” said O’Shea, who described the event as first-class in every aspect and complimented race director Jos Eijkelestam and his team.
“The course was well marked the entire way, with outstanding volunteers at each turn off with bells to help direct the way,” he said. “The course was really fun to run, and Jos even arranged a Canada Geese fly-by during the awards ceremony.”
Doucet finished as the top female and second overall with a time of 1:29:04, followed by second place male Tim McDonough at 1:38:59 and Guillaume Dauphin at 1:39:54.
Finishing second among females was Jennifer Spinney at 1:41:38, followed by Marcie Holland at 1:43:53.
In the 10K it was Martin Larose finishing in first place with a time of 45:40.
Larose’s original idea was to run the 20K, but is finalizing preparations for the marathon at Legs for Literacy, and decided to keep that goal race in mind.
He ended up really enjoying the 10K.
“The number of runners was perfect, and the way to spread out the group with 1K of sprint did the job for me,” he said. “The trail was great with mixed terrain and elevation. The wood chips slowed me down a little bit due to my choice to wear the big studded running shoes, but I still enjoyed running over a kind of soft mattress.”
Although he got lost one time when he hit a dead end around the 6K mark, Larose said the volunteers were super enthusiastic with their cowbells, and thanked Eijkelestam and all the personnel.
“I recommend this race to everyone,” he said. “I hope it will come back next year and I hope it can have three different distances, maybe 10-20-30K.”
Finishing second in the 10K was Alex Pedneault at 49:33, followed by Adam Young at 53:38. Top females were Stephanie Martin at 56:00, Brianna Levenstein at 56:01, and Nadya Ladouceur at 1:01:29.
Eijkelestam declared the event a success, and said all feedback on the event has been positive.