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MEC wraps up 2017 race series

More than 400 turn out for Shubie Park event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 29, 2017

DARTMOUTH, N.S. – Gabrielle Gallagher knew today’s race was going to hurt, and she liked it that way.
Gallagher was the top female finisher in the half marathon at the MEC race in Shubie Park on Sunday, finishing with a time of 1:34:53.
“I haven’t participated in a race in at least a year, and certainly did not train for the half, but was OK with knowing it was going to hurt,” she said. “This is what builds grit, eh? I was happy for the opportunity to challenge myself, and in a weird way glad I wasn’t as prepped as I would have liked to be.”
Gallagher was glad to have her husband Kevin run with her, especially during the last 3K, which she said hurt the most.

Sophie Watts made an impressive 10K debut on Sunday, Oct. 29, taking first place at the MEC run at Shubie Park in Dartmouth, N.S.

Bruce Nelson photo

“It definitely wasn’t a PB, but I was glad I went out and left it on the route,” she said.
She was also glad for the beautiful surroundings at the Dartmouth park.
“It was a beautiful day – awesome views, with the condensation on the lake before the sun came out,” said Gallagher, who thanked the MEC staff and volunteers for putting on the event. “Anyone who runs Shubie knows it’s guaranteed to be beautiful with every season.”
Finishing first overall in the half was Shawn Miller, with a time of 1:25:50.
Miller said he enjoyed the great atmosphere, and the Halloween costumes sported by many of the runners.
“I think MEC races are the best bang for your buck, especially since they have chip timing,” he said. “They started on time, which is always great, and another bonus was the lead cyclist, because more than likely I would have become lost.”
Miller’s goal was to finish under the 1:30 mark, a goal he knew would require him to push hard for on the rolling course. He stuck with his plan of hydrating every kilometer, and took a gel at the halfway point, but lost the second gel he was planning to take later in the race.
“Either way, I settled into the groove, and attacked every hill,” he said. “On our last 5K loop I pushed the pace as much as I could, since I knew that was a hilly section. Coming to the finish line, I was greeted by a fantastic crowd and volunteers.”
Finishing in second place was Chris Creene at 1:27:29, followed by Mark MacMurtry at 1:33:12. Second among females was Margaux McLean at 1:36:42, followed by Clara Lownie at 1:43:45.
In the 10K race, Sophie Watts finished in first place with a time of 38:12.
“It was a really great race, well organized and lots of people,” she said. “It was my first 10K, so I just wanted to get a feel for the distance and try it out. It was a lovely day to be running out on the trails.”
Finishing in second place was Drew Moore at 39:29.
Moore was helping pace his Halifax Road Hammers teammate Kenzie Urquhart to his first sub-40 10K, while Bradley Fiander of the Mountain View Runners finished in third place with his own PB of 39:31.
“I don’t know who these guys think the are, going out and running PBs on one of the toughest courses around,” joked Moore. “It’s super technical, with lots of steep hills and tight turns.”
Finishing second among females was Whitney Canning at 46:25, followed by Emma Barss at 48:48.
In the 5K race, it was Fraser Allen taking top spot with a time of 18:33, followed by Ian Loughead at 18:56, and Monier Chediac at 19:35. Top females were Iris Gamble at 22:30, Shauna Archibald at 22:36, and Wendy Wierstra at 24:03.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
It was the final race of the MEC Halifax 2017 series, with more than 400 runners turning out.