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New course records at popular Herring Run

Registration for 2018 to open later, says Gagner

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 15, 2017

MASCARENE, N.B. – There’s just something about the Herring Run.
Whether it’s the coastal scenery of southern New Brunswick, the well kept trails of the 20K and 10K races, or the healthy local food provided, runners can’t seem to get enough of this event, which was held for its fifth year on Sunday, Aug. 13.
“The Herring Run was honestly one of the funnest race weekends I’ve ever had,” said Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton, who won the 20K race in 1:32:55, setting a new course record in the process. “It had a full-blown trail running vibe right here in New Brunswick, and I had never seen that before.”
It was Doiron’s first trail race in more than two years, although he trains a lot on trails for his daily running.

The fifth annual Herring Run was held in Mascarene, N.B. on Sunday, Aug. 13. Making the podium among females in the 20K race this year were (from left) Corinne Fournier (third), Heidi McLellan (first) and Marcie Holland (second).

Photo courtesy of Patrick Lacelle

He ran with last year’s winner Joel Bourgeois for the entire race, exchanging leads every 5K or so, finishing the first half of the race in under 47 minutes, and accelerating their pace around the 15K mark.
“I knew that if I could keep up with Joel until around 18.5K, I would take it, because the last bit was very technical, followed by a 400m open course for a sprint,” he said. “I dug deep, and hung on until the last stretch, where my 800m runner background kicked in and I took the win.”
Bourgeois finished only five seconds behind at 1:33:00, followed by Ethan Neiderer at 1:37:19.
The top female in the 20K was Heidi McLellan of Irishtown, who finished at 1:59:08.
“The event was awesome, very well organized, amazing technical single track for a big portion of the 10K looped course, incredibly well marked and supported by volunteers and just an awesome experience allowing us trail-running nature lovers to view a beautiful piece of our province,” said McLellan.
“The highlight for me was definitely the crossing along the cove,” she added. “Our first crossing was foggy but the water was so calm and the rocks along the shore were an added fun challenge.”
After running the trail race in Brookvale, P.E.I. in the pouring rain the weekend before, McLellan said the weather was excellent on Sunday.
“Not to mention, we had a wonderful luncheon following the event,” she said. “It was a fantastic day. It’s hard not to love trail running, where you work hard but you play and feel like a kid again (or at least I do).”
Coming in second among females was Marcie Holland at 2:05:31, followed by Corinne Fournier at 2:06:01.
In the 10K, it was Glenn Trites of Rothesay crossing the finish line in first place with a time of 51:37, followed by the top female, Anouk Pelletier of Moncton, setting a new course record at 55:53.
“It was fun, and great camping the night before,” said Pelletier , who was coming off another first place finish at the Clarence Bastrache Race 10K in Bouctouche just the day before. “It was a very different race, but fun.”
The young runner managed to finish ahead of star athlete Shelley Doucet, who was taking it easy after a hectic recent schedule of international competition. Doucet holds the event’s 20K course record.
“I was so not comfortable to pass her,” declared Pelletier, with a laugh. “She is awesome! Her coach told her to do it very easy because of all the racing she did last month. I was like, sorry, I respect you too much to pass you.”
Doucet finished in third place overall at 57:05, tied with Colin McQuade, and followed by third place male Adam Young at 1:01:05. Finishing third among females was Erica de Pashelle at 1:05:02.
The event went very well, according to race director Bryan Gagner, who said runners should expect more of the same at the event next year. Because of the high demand, he said he would wait and open registration a bit later for 2018. This year’s race sold out in six weeks, with zero advertising.
“I usually open registration just before Christmas, but I’m going to wait until March or April this time,” he said. “That will give people a little more time to plan. I’m also going to put posters up around St. George and St. Stephen to try and get more locals.”
For a video recap of the event by participant Patrick Lacelle, visit here .