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Second straight Fredericton Marathon win for O’Shea

Thirty per cent of marathoners qualify for Boston

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 14, 2017

FREDERICTON – It was a second straight first place finish, a second New Brunswick championship and another personal best for Ryan O’Shea at today’s Fredericton Marathon.
The New Maryland runner battled back from a mid-race stop due to cramping, to outdistance a competitive field and cross the finish line at the 2:37:59 mark, setting a new personal best and beating his winning time from last year by a minute and 22 seconds.
Despite the strong finish, the race did not go as planned for O’Shea, who was leading Jean-Marc Doiron at the halfway point, but then things started to go wrong.
“I cramped up at 25(K) and stopped,” said O’Shea. “He had a two-minute lead on me. I stopped, I couldn’t keep going.”

Ryan O’Shea of New Maryland, N.B. captured his second straight victory at the Fredericton Marathon today, setting a new personal best time of 2:37:59. O’Shea was one of 68 marathoners, 30 per cent of the field, to achieve Boston qualifying times today.

Andrew Wagstaff – Maritime Runner

It was a side stitch, and he had to work his way past it to catch up and overtake Doiron, who was having problems of his own, with his muscles tightening. He started to fade around the 30K mark.
“I think it’s mental when you know it’s so close, you just start to tighten up,” said the Moncton runner, who finished in third place with a 2:44:32 time. “I’m all right. My pride’s hurt because I was expecting better of myself. The mistake was the first half, we just went out too fast.”
Despite his success last year, O’Shea went into today’s race with a different strategy.
“I came in to go much more conservative, and I was about a minute slower than I intended to be, on purpose, because I thought, this feels good and I’ll just go with this pace,” he said. “But then I stitched up… and just kind of finished the race.”
Greg Sawyer of Edmundston, running in his first full marathon, ran a strong second place at 2:41:24.
Finishing top among females was Heather O’Donnell of Meadowvale, N.S., setting a new personal best time of 3:03:34.
“It was my first time running Fredericton, and it was awesome,” said O’Donnell, who was also top female at last year’s Blue Nose and Legs for Literacy marathons. “Last year I went to Moncton and it was not a good move, because it was really windy. But this was really nice.”
Second female was Stephanie Myles of Sydney, N.S. at 3:11:08, followed by Kyla Gillis of Wolfville, N.S. at 3:20:58.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .

The full marathoners and half marathoners start off.

Mitchell Kean outraces Zachary Boulanger to the finish to win the 5K race.

Heather O'Donnell was the top female finisher in the full marathon.

Daniell Bouchard receives a special Mother's Day hug after completing the 10K.

In the half marathon it was Alexandre L’Heureux of Hanwell taking first place with a time of 1:17:11, although he said he felt like a “fat old man” seeing marathoners like O’Shea, Doiron and Paul Gallant staying ahead of him for the first half of their race.
“There were four guys in front of me that have another half to go,” said L’Heureux. “So I was a little bit of a slacker compared to them.”
It was his first time running the Fredericton course, and he was impressed.
“It’s nice and flat with nice scenery,” he said. “It’s nice to have an out-and-back because it allows you to gauge where you are, and it’s an easy way to pace yourself.”
Finishing second behind L’Heureux was Mathieu Rocheleau of Dartmouth, N.S. at 1:22:46, and top female Emily James of Rothesay at 1:23:44, second female Heidi McLellan-Gautreau of Irishtown at 1:24:40, third male Michael Peterson of Charlottetown at 1:25:30, and third female Rochelle Johnston of Moncton at 1:27:43.
In the 10K it was James MacLellan of Oromocto finishing first at the 33:16 mark, followed by Lars Schwarz of Fredericton at 34:45, and Corey Deveaux of Sydney River, N.S. at 34:51. Top females were Ariadna Butron Valencia of Oromocto at 36:13, Gina MacInnis of Antigonish, N.S. at 38:34 and Gabrielle Desharnais-Prefontaine of Sherbrooke, Que. at 39:20.
In the 5K it was Mitchell Kean of Fredericton finishing first at 18:08, followed by Zachary Boulanger of Saint John at 18:16, and Troy Dobson of Fredericton at 18:32. Top female was Jenna Keilty of Fredericton at 18:53, followed by Emma Jarvis of Oromocto at 19:06 and Emmanuelle Martin of Fredericton at 20:44.
There were a total of 1,971 registered for this year’s event, with a major increase in the marathon, according to Bruce Macfarlane of the organizing team.
“We’re known to be fast and flat, and I think word is getting around and we’re really happy to see all the runners from Nova Scotia and all over,” he said. “It was a great day, the volunteers were great, the weather was great, with perfect conditions for runners. We couldn’t have asked for any better.”
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