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Fifteen-minute mark crushed at Gold Cup Trot 5K

Wesselius sets new P.E.I. road race record

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 18, 2017

CHARLOTTETOWN – There was plenty of speed here today, and it had nothing to do with the horses at the Old Home Week harness races.
The annual Gold Cup Trot 5K race preceded the annual Gold Cup and Saucer Parade through the streets of Charlottetown, and it did not disappoint. Two of the runners broke the 15-minute mark, including Lee Wesselius, whose 14:43 finish was a new personal best and new course record.
“The race went really well – good temperature and good competition,” said Wesselius, who was seven seconds faster than last year. “We started out fairly conservative at about 15 flat pace for the first 3K, then closed in a fast last 2K. I opened up a bit of a gap with about a mile left and was luckily able to hold off Cyr.”
Last year’s Gold Cup win for Wesselius was not only a course record, but was the fastest 5K road time recorded in Prince Edward Island, all beaten today.
“I’m very happy with it,” he said. “It was a seven-second PB and was run off of base training.”
Cyr also beat the previous record from last year, and finished only four seconds behind Wesselius.
It was a perfect day to run fast, according to Cyr.
“We increased our pace substantially over the last 2K, and it brought us both to personal best times,” he said. “I’ve never closed a 5K so fast.”
The Gold Cup Trot is Cyr’s favourite on the P.E.I. circuit, not only for its fast course, but for its unique fan support. It is run along the parade route prior to the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade, the largest parade east of Montreal, which draws around 60,000 spectators every year.
Photos courtesy of Rob MacKenzie
(From left) Alex Cyr, Lee Wesselius and Alex Neuffer were the top three finishers at the Gold Cup Trot in Charlottetown today, with Wesselius setting the new course record with his 14:43 finish.
“The event becomes a hub for runners seeking fast times, and for that reason is a great opportunity to rekindle friendly rivalries,” he said. “For me, it’s a staple in my summer of training.”
Finishing in third place was Alex Neuffer, who came in at the 15:09 mark.
After suffering a stress fracture earlier this summer, Neuffer has only been running healthy again for about five weeks.
“I wasn’t the most prepared but I just wanted to get a race in before starting my university cross-country season at St. F.X.,” he said. “I’m happy with how it went leading into the season.”
Top female finishers were Tatiana Kelly at 19:57, followed by Tori Fitzpatrick at 20:06, and Sophie Peterson at 21:34.
For complete results, check the PEI Roadrunners page here .
Race director Rob MacKenzie was pleased with the event.
“It turned out to be a great day for the race,” he said. “The temperature was not too high and there was no wind... 110 runners took part and the parade route was full of spectators cheering the runners on.”