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Memorable morning in Sussex

Hourihan sets 37:05 PB in the 10K

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 28, 2017

SUSSEX, N.B. – Sacha Hourihan knew she had a chance at a fast time today, and she went for it.
The Across Town for Crosswinds event is the hometown race for the Sussex native, and she has run it each year since it started, this being the third.
“I knew this 10K course was my best bet on getting a fast time because it’s flat and fast,” she said. “I love the course.”
The distance also seems to be the specialty for Hourihan, who ran seven of the top 10 female 10K times in the Maritimes last year, her fastest at Across Town for Crosswinds. She beat that personal best by 12 seconds this morning, crossing the finish line at 37:05.

Participants head out in the third annual Across Town for Crosswinds event in Sussex, N.B. on Sunday, May 28.

Photo courtesy of Across Town for Crosswinds

She finished second only to Sylvain Arseneau, who came in at 36:52, and said it was her plan to stick with him as long as she could.
“He was running in first place the entire race,” said Hourihan. “We ran side by side for 6K and then I pulled in behind him to finish 13 seconds after him. I felt strong the entire time and am very excited about my finish time.”
It was another strong performance for Arseneau, who has been having a great 2017.
“The conditions for running were perfect,” he said. “I felt good about my run. They changed the course and it was easier.”
Finishing in third place behind Hourihan was Jean-Louis LeBlanc at 39:24, followed by Marc Joncas at 40:14. Second female was Suzanne Doucet at 45:14, followed by Gail Dornan at 47:07.
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In the half marathon it was Alex Coffin coming out on top with a time of 1:25:51, followed closely by Steve Vienneau at 1:25:58, and Brian Head at 1:35:46.
Coffin said he was happy to support the event’s cause, which is the Crosswinds Occupational Activity Center, a non-profit organization providing services to individuals in the area with disabilities.
The veteran runner also enjoyed the race.
“The course has most of its challenge in the first half and is beautiful traveling past farm fields outside of town before returning to town limits,” said Coffin. “For me personally, it was fun to have a sprint finish at the end. I definitely had to work to beat Stephen Vienneau.”
But the real story of the day, according to Coffin, was Hourihan, who he described as “one of the top runners on the East Coast.”
Top female in the half marathon was Adrienne Fullerton at 140:57, followed by Susan Teakles at 1:45:57, and Melissa Martin at 1:46:38.

In the 5K, it was Bryan Thomas coming out on top with a time of 18:54, followed by Jeff McCullum at 19:14 and Jason St. Onge at 19:16.
It was the second year at the event for Thomas, who set the 10K course record at the event last year. His 5K did not go quite as planned this year, but he was satisfied with the result.
“I got bad luck this year because I missed the turnaround for the 5K and had to run an extra 500m, plus me and the two guys behind me got stopped at a train track,” he said. “I love this, even after the way my race went this year.”
Marta Kelly was the top female in the 5K, finishing at 24:25, while Julie Gaudet followed at 25:00, and Mira Allen took third at 25:30.
Kelly had been planning to run the 10K, but had to switch to the 5K due to an injury she experienced Saturday at the Port City Beer Run in Saint John.
“I started out quite slow and then my foot felt a little better so I picked up the pace,” she said. “It’s flat, and the weather was very enjoyable today. The race organizers did a fantastic job.”
Stacy Geldart, who is one of the event’s two race directors, was happy to see a total of 295 participants in the event. Although they will need some time to tally their fundraising total, she said they felt it was a huge success.
“We’ve had lots of great feedback from runners,” said Geldart. “The weather was a bit chilly, but clear and dry. We have such great support in our community… awesome businesses, organizations, volunteers and, of course, the participants.”
Being involved in the Southern NB Running Challenge seemed to have brought many new faces, according to Geldart. In perhaps the only hitch of the day, however the special medallions for participants in that challenge were delayed in transit and not available today. A number of delivery options were offered to participants, including having the medallions available at the challenge’s next event, the St. Andrews Father’s Day 5 Miler.