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Wieczorek, Wilson top the field at Osprey race

‘It was a perfect day for a 5K’

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
May 13, 2017

RIVERPORT, N.S. – Sunny skies greeted 253 runners here today for the annual Osprey 5K race.
The crowd and the conditions made for a successful event in Lunenburg County, according to race director Chris Anderson, with all proceeds going to local community organizations.
“We had a wonderful sunny day, and it was cool, so great for running, with a little bit of wind coming off the harbour,” said Anderson. “It was just perfect, with a lot of happy people, and a lot of them saying they would be back and would bring their cousins, brothers, and friends.”

The Halifax Road Hammers were well represented at the Osprey 5K in Riverport today, with many recording personal best times.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bergeron

The Osprey 5K also happens to be a part of this year’s Run Nova Scotia Performance Series, and it brought out plenty of speedy runners today. Top finisher was Greg Wieczorek at 16:00, with Matthias Mueller coming in only four seconds behind him.
“They were shoulder to shoulder, stride for stride, most of the way,” said Anderson.
Mueller set a strong pace from the start, and Wieczorek said he had to work to catch him by the mile marker.
“We ran elbow to elbow for a good half of the race until about 4K when I tried to put a surge in,” he said. “Lee McCarron was hot on our heels at the turnaround, so I was running scared that he would come up on my shoulder.”
Wieczorek managed to hold Mueller off for the final kilometer, just missing a sub-16 finish. McCarron finished in third place at 16:26.
For the females, it was Colleen Wilson taking top spot with a 17:44 time.
“This was my first time at the Osprey 5K and I really enjoyed the event,” she said. “It was a nice course, well organized, great weather and turnout. There were quite a number of my teammates from the Halifax Road Hammers also racing, which is helpful during the race and makes it a lot more fun.”
Although Wilson had hoped to be even faster today, she was pretty happy with the run, considering she had just ran a half marathon only six days ago.
Complete results will be posted on the Run Nova Scotia website.