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Storming the fort at Citadel Hill

487 runners take part in MEC Race Two

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 30, 2017

HALIFAX – Taking part in a regular MEC run is an experience enough for most runners. Combine it with a National Historic Site, and you get a whole new level of memorable.
That what was the word from Citadel Hill this morning, as nearly 500 runners took part in the Citadel Highlander, the second race of the MEC Halifax 2017 series.
“It went really well,” said race director Christine Krochak. “The sun was out, bagpipes could be heard… it was a great morning with even better runners.”
As with other MEC runs, the Citadel event offered both a 10K and a 5K option, with about an equal number of participants running in each.

Runners taking off for the MEC 2 – Citadel Highlander race at Citadel Hill in Halifax on Sunday, April 30.

Lamrock Photography

The course took runners over varied terrain through the Citadel’s parade square, perimeter and along the ramparts.
The top finishers included many familiar faces from the first MEC race of the year at Point Pleasant Park, with that event’s 5K winner, Lee McCarron, placing first in the 10K today, with a time of 37:21.
“The race was good, very much like a technical cross-country course,” said McCarron. “It’s certainly not a race to run a PB, but most runners knew this when they signed up.”
The coach of the Halifax Road Hammers was also happy to see more than 10 of his club members out taking part, including Drew Moore, who finished behind him in second place with a time of 38:45. In third place was Chris Creene at 39:37.
Complete official results by Atlantic Chip can be found here.
Top females in the 10K were Lexi Juurlink at 45:23, Janna Morrison at 45:56, and Amy Martell at 46:19. Juurlink and Morrison were also the top two females at the Point Pleasant Park race.
It was not only Morrison’s first time running at Citadel Hill, but also
her first time inside the Citadel in the 10 years she has lived in
“It was pretty neat, weaving in, around and through the fort with great views of the city from up there,” she said. “The north wind made the hills even more challenging, but all in all I felt good out there today and I’m happy with my result.”
In the 5K race, it was the Point Pleasant Park 10K winner, Chad Gilbert, coming in first place with a time of 18:39, followed by Ian Loughead at 18:54 and Fraser Allen at 19:57.
For the females, it was Lindsay Lamrock coming in first place for her second straight MEC run, with a time of 21:10, followed by Abby Lewis at 21:59 and Emily Taylor at 22:07.
Lamrock described the Citadel as the most unique race she has ever run.
“The hills made it tough but there is a great sense of accomplishment after a more difficult race,” she said. “There was so much to see and such a unique route, that it was hard to believe I had finished 5K already. We had gorgeous weather and the route was very well organized. Another fantastic race by MEC.”