Saturday, September 22, 2007

A Personal Best 10 Mile - The Miscouche Firefighters 10 Miler

"Out and Back Course on Lady Slipper Dr. and Belmont Road"

It was sunny and warm.

The start and finish line moved to the Fire Station.

35 minutes split at first 5 miles was in 9th place. The 4 runners including two female runners Athena Doyle and Shelly Simmons- McLeod passed me on the way back.

He came in 12th and a personal best time of 1:13:30, 3 minutes and 36 seconds better than my 2004 PB at this race.

Randy MacNeill won the race in 1:01:00 and Athena Doyle was top female. Monique Kaye beat her personal best by more than 8 minutes. Monique runs with me at Stan's group. Jamie Mutch beat his personal best by more than 4 minutes.

Tomorrow I am going to run with Athena at AIDS walk in Charlottetown.

Official Result: 12th out of 34
10 Miles (16K) in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 30 seconds

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First-time participants top runners in Miscouche firefighters' 10-mile race
Dr. Randy MacNeill, formerly of Milton, Athena Doyle of Charlottetown, top male and female

The Journal Pioneer

MISCOUCHE -- Two first-time participants were the top finishers in Saturday morning's Miscouche firefighters' fifth annual 10-mile run.

Dr. Randy MacNeill, formerly of Milton, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 1:01.00 and Athena Doyle of Charlottetown was the first female to finish with a time of 1:13.14.

For more on the race, including comments and photos of the top male and female, see Monday's Journal Pioneer.

Athena Doyle of Charlottetown was the first
female to cross the finish.
Nancy MacPhee/Journal Pioneer

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
First-time participants first across the finish line
MacNeill, Doyle top finishers in 10-mile run
The Journal Pioneer

First-time participant Randy MacNeill was the first across the finish line to win the fifth annual Miscouche firefighters' 10-mile run here recently.

MacNeill, originally from Milton and now residing in New Hampshire, won with a time of 1:01:00. He hoped to finish under the hour mark.

"I ran a 30K race last weekend, so I knew I was still a little tired from that," said the 46 year old, who's been running for 25 years. "I'm sure if I was rested I'd do better."

MacNeill usually runs 10 miles in 57 to 58 minutes.

"I went out easy because I knew we had the wind on our backs when we went out, so we would have to face it coming back," he added.

"I just wanted to get a feel on how I was feeling first. I ran the first couple of miles fairly easily and picked it up a little bit, and tried to stay into a nice little rhythm and held it the rest of the way."

Athena Doyle of Charlottetown, also a first-time participant in the event, was the first female to cross the finish line, 10th overall.

Doyle finished with a time of 1:13:14. She hoped to beat her best in the 15K, which is 1:25.

"It was fairly straight and flat, not overly challenging," said Doyle, who has been running long distance for only two years. "Sometimes it's challenging, the fact it's really straight because you get bored."

The race was also Doyle's first win.

"It's a great day for a run," said the 35 year old, in her first year with the P.E.I. Roadrunners Association. "When I figured out I was anemic I started taking supplements, so now it's easier to run."

But the race wasn't about who was first to cross the finish line, said organizer Mike MacKinnon.

"The winner is going to be the one with the best personal best," said MacKinnon, a former member of the P.E.I. Roadrunners.

That person was Monique Kay, who finished with a time of 1:31:04, beating her personal best of 1:39:04.

Also, Jamie Mutch knocked four minutes six seconds off his personal best, finishing with a time of 1:12:57.

summary of the 10-mile run:
34 competitors.
24 male, 10 female.
Race record of 57:40 belongs to Paul Thibideau, set in the event's first year.
10-mile route.
Nine total personal bests set in the race.
Proceeds in aid of the Miscouche fire department

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