2(Place) Scott Clark 2/9 2:48:43*
9(Place) David Forsythe 2/8 3:16:44*
16(Place) Shawn Shea 3/8 3:28:54*
23(Place) Francis Fagan 1/1 3:43:01*
30(Place) Elaine Burkholder 2/5 4:02:51*
32(Place) Dianne Watts Pye 3/5 4:08:03
33(Place) Courtney Snow 1/1 4:10:12
34(Place) Maureen Leard 4/5 4:12:04
37(Place) Beverley Walsh 5/5 4:19:15
12(Place) Brenda Benson 1/22 1:34:34
54(Place) Jo-Anne Shea 2/12 1:54:57
68(Place) Jeff Snow 10/11 1:58:28
82(Place) Donald Walsh 12/17 2:03:16
97(Place) Cathy Vaniderstine 15/22 2:09:03
133(Place) Brian Hawrylak 13/13 1:01:03
Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
So, two runners from that other island — Prince Edward Island — took the top two spots in the sixth annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run marathon on Sunday.
That sucks, eh?
Well, no, not at all. The fact that a pair of elite marathoners — Fiddlers Run defending champion Leo McCosham of Charlottetown and Scott Clark of Summerside — made the trip across the Gulf of St. Lawrence from “the gentle island” to “Nova Scotia’s masterpiece” is an indication that the relatively young Fiddlers Run is considered a notable race on the Maritime road race circuit.
And they came from farther afield. There were Fiddlers Run participants from Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, France and even Japan.
Now, all of those people may not have travelled here specifically for the Fiddlers Run, but that doesn’t take away from the excitement of having them experience Cape Breton’s late-summer marathon and its affiliated races.
And that’s not to disregard those who made up the lion’s share of Fiddlers Run participants — Cape Bretoners — from Judique to Juniper Mountain and from River Denys to River Ryan. And Capers placed first in other divisions and distances under the Fiddlers Run banner, including top female marathoner Erin Forsey of Sydney, half-marathon race winner Daniel McNeil of Glace Bay in record time, top 10-kilometre finisher Chris Milburn of Sydney, and Will Allan, also of Sydney, placing first in the five-kilometre distance.
The Fiddlers Run, which was founded in 2005, hasn’t been without its growing pains. In 2006, organizers took some heat for cancelling the event (then held in late October) just before the race because of a poor forecast, although the weather actually cleared up. But they bounced back and decided, in 2009, to begin hosting the event a month earlier in late September when the weather is usually milder.
Last year’s version of the Fiddlers Run included 520 participants. And race director David Gabriel was right on the money when he predicted back in May between 600-650 participants in this year’s version of the event. The final tally was 631. But the Fiddlers Run — along with its affiliated fun runs and learn-to-run clinics — has the power to positively influence the greater community.
Runners talk about experiencing a “runner’s high.”
“It’s the part in a run where endorphins peak and everything you experience feels like it’s no longer work,” said Dr. Marni Wesner, a physician at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic at the University of Alberta, in explaining the phenomenon to the National Post.
Can a community — often associated with outmigration, high unemployment and relatively poor health — experience a collective runners’ high? With hundreds of passionate organizers, positive participants and clapping supporters, we think it can. And the longer it lasts, the better.
Leo McCosham of P.E.I. wins annual Fiddlers Run marathon
Erin Forsey of Sydney finished in a time of 3:19:18 to become the first woman in the full marathon to cross the finish line at the Cape Breton Fiddlers Run on Sunday. The winners of the full and half marathons, Leo McCosham of Charlottetown, and Daniel McNeil of Glace Bay, respectively, both set course records. Chris Shannon — Cape Breton Post
SYDNEY — Two islanders were crowned the top runners during the sixth annual Cape Breton Fiddlers Run.
Leo McCosham of Charlottetown, P.E.I. was the first of 46 runners to cross the finish line in the Boston Marathon-qualifying full marathon, in a time of two hours, 43 minutes and 20 seconds.
McCosham is a consecutive time-two Fiddlers Run champion after winning last year’s event with a time of 2:47:39.
Scott Clark of Summerside, P.E.I. finished in second with a time of 2:48:43, while Sydney’s Donald Macintyre finished at 2:53:31, to take the third place spot.
A total 631 runners and walkers took place in the Cape Breton Fiddlers run, up from 520 last year. This year, various high schools had groups of students cheering on the sidelines. For each high school that took part, a $250 donation was made to the school’s safe grad program, which was provided through donations by race sponsors.
“We’re elated with just how everything went, with the support we got from the community this year,” said race director, David Gabriel. “There were lots of people out cheering and we really, really wanted to develop a community spirit. It’s quite important for the runners, it gives them a little energy when the energy is lagging.”
Terry Morris of North Sydney finished in fifth place with a time of 3:05:08, while Sydney’s Erin Forsey finished in a time of 3:19:13 to take 10th place.
The Fiddlers Run half marathon walk/run was won by Glace Bay’s Daniel McNeil in 1:18:20, while Sydney’s Ian James Doyle and Glenn Myers took the number two and three spots respectively. The top female in the category was Brenda Benson of Summerside, P.E.I. with a time of 1:34:34.
Chris Milburn of Sydney won the 10 kilometre walk/run in a time of 36 minutes and nine seconds. James Forsey of Sydney finished second while Ian Henman of Dartmouth finished third.
The top female runner in the 10 km event was Julie Curwin who finished in 41:19
Will Allan of Sydney finished first in the five kilometre event in a time of 18 minutes and eight seconds, followed by Justin Lalanne of Coxheath in second and Rachyl MacPhail of Sydney River.