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Trail race well received in Bathurst

Runners happy with challenging new course

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 13, 2017

BATHURST, N.B. – The course was challenging, and the runners loved it.
That was the general feedback received by organizers of the annual Bathurst 10K-5K Trail Run/Walk, which took place on Sunday, Sept. 10.
“The event went really great,” said Ryan Wilbur, recreation programmer for Bathurst. “The weather was perfect, so we ended up with quite a few same-day registrations.”
A total of 181 runners took part in the event, which was moved to the Bathurst trail system for the first time this year.
It turns out participants loved the trail running.

Gaetan Hache winds his way through the trails in the 10K race at the annual Bathurst 10K-5K Trail Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Wilbur

“Feedback on the new course was that it was pretty tough, with all the hills, but it was really enjoyable,” said Wilbur. “We would certainly consider the event an all-around success.”
Among the fans of the new course was Bathurst’s own Lee Roy, who placed first in the 10K with a time of 36:02. Training for an upcoming half-ironman event in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Sept. 17, Roy used the Bathurst event as a tempo training run.
“The course is challenging, with some good sharp inclines, but everyone has to run the same course,” he said. “It’s the same for declines in the hills, they are pretty steep so you can’t really gain speed to try to recover your losses on the uphills.”
Finishing second in the 10K was Brad McLellan at 41:24, followed by Christian Hache at 41:37.
The top female finisher was another local runner, Sylvie LeBlanc, who crossed the line at the 45:12 mark.
It was the third time competing at the event for LeBlanc, who said she loved the race.
“This one was way more fun, as it was in the trails in nature,” she said. “The hills were a great challenge, and the temperature was perfect. I wish more runs were done like this on trails. It was very well organized.”
Finishing second among females was Venise Laforge-Michaud at 47:36, followed by Nathalie Boivin at 47:55.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
Local high school students dominated the 5K race, with the top three male finishers coming from Ecole Secondaire Nepisiguit, and the top two females coming from Bathurst High School.
In first place was Jonathan Roy of Beresford at the 19:41 mark, followed by Julien Thibodeau at 20:00, and Samuel Dean at 21:52. The top female was Emilie Risdon of Bathurst at 25:59, followed by Sydney Erb at 27:23, and Sonia Duguay at 28:08.