Sunday, July 15, 2007

Dunk River Run - A Blue Ribbon Day

Sunday, July 15, 2007
30th Annual Callbecks Home Hardware Dunk River Run
"Scenic loop course around the Dunk River"

The hot day, sunny, little wind and 20 degrees.

A 7.2 mile loop course around the Dunk River.

Came in 52:59. That is 2 minutes and 8 seconds better than my best time at the race in 2004.

I got 2nd Place in 19 and Under Male and came 18 out of 79 runners.

Summerside's Scott Clark and Shelley Simmons-MacLeod were top male and female.

The day of last year ending of tip to tip run across PEI.

Official Result: 18th out of 79
11.6K (7.22 Miles) in 52 minutes, 59 seconds
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Two first-time winners of Dunk River Run
Record field takes part in 30th anniversary event
The Journal

CENTRAL BEDEQUE -- It was a perfect anniversary celebration Sunday morning!

Sunny weather, warm temperatures, a little breeze, two first-time winners of the event and a record number of participants all contributed to a successful 30th annual Dunk River Run, sponsored by Callbeck's Home Hardware.

"The weather was perfect for it," said Scott Clark, who was the overall winner in 43 minutes 18 seconds (43:18). "The wind was on our back for the start, which made for a couple of fast early miles, and coming on the backstretch the wind was right in our face for a few kilometres.

"That helped to keep you cool for those four, five kilometres on the backstretch when you hit a couple of hills."

Shelley Simmons-MacLeod of Summerside was the first female to hit the finish line in 52:42. She was 16th overall.

"It was hot for part of the way and then when you got the breeze you had to face the wind," said Simmons-MacLeod. "Everybody was running against the same elements and you just go with it."

79 Runners

A total of 79 runners ran the 7.22-mile looped course, surpassing last year's 68 total.

"Everything was great," said longtime race organizer Paul Wright, who offered his sincere appreciation to the runners for their support during the awards ceremony.

Clark said his goal going into the race was to break 43 minutes.

"I wasn't able to do that, but I'm still pretty pleased with the time," said the Summerside native. "I always find this course tough and I'm happy to win it."

Clark didn't waste anytime jumping out to a quick lead.

"John Bil ran with me for the first couple of miles," said Clark, 43.

"We were pushing the pace pretty good and we ran the first mile in 5:30, and then we slowed to a 5:40 for the second one.

"Then John fell off my shoulder probably about 2 1/2 miles in, and I never looked back to see if anyone was on me. I just kept chugging along until we got over the crest of the hill and could see the finish line."

Simmons-MacLeod, 35, also led the female runners from start to finish.

"It's a tough spot to be in because you're running as hard as you can and you never know if there's somebody coming up behind you," said Simmons-MacLeod. "When you're running as hard as you can to start, if someone comes after you you often have nothing left.

"It's not always the best feeling to be the first out.

"It's kind of nice to know where you're sitting and have that little extra to push, but I pushed the entire way and if someone was on my heels it would have been tough to push any harder. I ran hard the entire race."

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