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Road racing at the Highland Games

Cyr, Wilson top competitive field in the 5 Miler

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 8, 2017

ANTIGONISH, N.S. – After graduating from St. F.X. University earlier this year, Alex Cyr managed to make a grand homecoming this weekend.
The Halifax runner took first place in a competitive field at the Antigonish Highland Games 5 Miler on Friday night, and followed it up with a fourth place finish in the Elite 1 Miler on Saturday morning.
“Hearing former classmates and people from the community cheering you on and screaming your name makes the race special and like no other,” said Cyr. “There is a strong sense of community here, both in the realms of running and St. F.X. It’s my favourite weekend of the summer and I hope to make it back next year.”

Runners take part in the annual Antigonish Highland Games 5 Miler on Friday, July 7. The event was followed by the Elite 1 Miler this morning.

Photo courtesy of Antigonish Highland Games

Cyr was first across the finish line Friday night with a time of 25:45, followed by his good friends and former roommates, Lee Wesselius and Cal Dewolfe, at 25:57 and 26:06, respectively.
The race was a bit tactical, with the trio running together, for the most part, according to Cyr.
“Because all of us are coming off some form of injury, nobody was wanting to push it early,” he said. “I had a bit left at the end and pulled away with about a mile to go. The people on the course helped me push through in the later stages.”
The flat course was matched with tough running conditions due to the heat and humidity, but nothing unexpected, according to Cyr.
Colleen Wilson was the top female finisher with a time of 30:46, followed by Holly van Gestel at 31:41, and Hana Marmura at 31:52.
For complete, official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
A total of 213 runners finished the 5 miler, a drop from about 250 last year, and the 300 normally expected for the race. Despite that, race director Kevin Grant was pleased with the event.
“It went well,” he said. “There were not as many runners as I would have liked, but it was a quality field.”
Many of the 5-mile runners were among the 21 who took part in the Elite 1 Miler on Saturday morning, prior to the street parade.
The top three finishers came in within one second of each other, with Will Russell crossing the finish line at 4:16, followed by John Corbit at 4:17, and Andrew Peverill at 4:18. Top females were Colleen Wilson at 5:08, Aidan MacDonald at 5:14, and Hana Marmura at 5:19.
Results for the Elite 1 Miler by Atlantic Chip can be found here .