With the conclusion of the Windham Rail Trail 5k, the Gate City Striders have extended upon their series lead. Upper Valley and Greater Derry remain a distant 2nd and 3rd in the standings. The overall titles were claimed by Carl Hartford (15’46) and Mary Klene (18’44) while Brian Ruhm (GCS) and Elizabeth Gonnerman (UVRC) were the top age graded competitors on the day.
Windham Rail Trail team totals:
1. Gate City Striders – 202
2. Greater Derry Track Club – 157
3. Upper Valley Running Club – 88
4. Greater Manchester Running Club – 57
5. Millennium Running – 25
6. Granite State Racing Team – 6
Team totals after three events:
1. Gate City Striders – 590
2. Upper Valley Running Club – 453
3. Greater Derry Track Club – 414
4. Greater Manchester Running Club – 94
5. Millennium Running – 43
6. Granite State Racing Team – 28
7. Rochester Runners – 3
8. Monadnock Regional Milers – 3
9. Club Northeast – 2
The Gate City Striders utilized their home road advantage well this past Sunday as they raced their way back to a series lead. Lead by WPI alum Austin Scott, the striders amassed a spectacular 225 team points on the day, outdistancing their nearest competitors by 88 points. Women’s winner Bess Ritter and her Upper Valley Running Club teammates claimed that runner up spot with a 138 point total while defending champion Greater Derry Track Club finished 3rd with 122. Age graded top honors went to Rich Smith (UVRC) and Lynn Fawcett (GDTC).
Team stangings after two races:
Gate City Striders – 388
Upper Valley Running Club – 365
Greater Derry Track Club – 257
Greater Manchester Running Club – 37
Granite State Racing Team – 22
Millennium Running – 18
Monadnock Regional Milers – 3
SIX03 Endurance – 3
Club Northeast – 2
Rochester Runners – 1
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The 17th edition of the Lebanon Parks & Rec Shamrock Shuffle served as the first race in this year’s NH Grand Prix. 924 finishers were treated to a rolling 5k, free Bratwurst, and a fun-filled St. Paddy’s day celebration. Crossing the line first was defending male 29 & under champion Jake Wormald, who’s 16 minute, 16 second performance bested the course record set by Josh Fontaine in 2015 by four seconds.* Teammate Brandyn Naro (16’49) and Upper Valley’s Kevin Hartstein (17’08) placed 2nd and 3rd. UVRC newcomer Bess Ritter took top honors for the women, posting an astounding 18 minute, 55 second time. Ritter finished almost a minute up on her closest competition, UVRC teammate Mary Peters (19’50). The Upper Valley women would sweep the podium, capped off by Megan Miller‘s 3rd place finish in 20’03. The top age-graded performers on the day were UVRC’s Rich Smith and Betsy Gonnerman.
The Upper Valley Running Club utilized their home road advantage well, jumping out to an early lead in the team standings with 227 total points. The Gate City Striders were the runner up team with 163 while defending series champion Greater Derry Track Club finished 3rd with a total of 135.
Official team standings:
Upper Valley Running Club – 227
Gate City Striders – 163
Greater Derry Track Club – 135
Athletic Alliance Running Club – 23
Millennium Running – 6
Club Northeast – 2
Rochester Runners – 1
Results (courtesy of Granite State Race Services) Photos (courtesy of Granite State Race Services) Photos (courtesy of Ted Kinson)
Visit the Schedule & Results page for a full breakdown and the official scoring spreadsheet.
*Overall race record is 15’36 held by Rick Rountree. The course was changed in 2015 to ease traffic management at the start. Both the old and new course are USATF-certified.
Series champs GDTC at the Granite 10 Miler. Photo credit: Amy Crowley
With the conclusion of the Granite 10 Miler, the Greater Derry Track Club has officially captured the 2017 Grand Prix Team Title. The Gate City Striders were the top club the 10 Miler, but GDTC was able to hold onto their lead and win the series. What a great battle between those top two teams all year long!
1. Greater Derry Track Club – 1313
2. Gate City Striders – 1285
3. Upper Valley Running Club – 941
4. SIX03 Endurance – 207
5. Millennium Running – 107
6. Rochester Runners NH – 103
7. Granite State Racing Team – 102
8. White Mountain Milers – 65
9. Athletic Alliance Running Club – 35
10. acidotic RACING – 23
11. Coastal Athletic Alliance – 22
12. Monadnock Regional Milers – 13
Congrats to everyone on a fantastic year of racing. We hope you enjoyed this year’s slate. Stay tuned for more details regarding individual/age group awards and Granite Runner prizes.
The Greater Derry Track Club gathered their forces and executed a big late season team performance to close the gap and take command of the series. Collectively, the GDTC scored 222 team points to best rival team Gate City’s 167 total by 55 points. That is enough to open up a 33 point series lead going into the final event. Individually, UNH standout Kevin Greene and Cornell alum Corey Dowe raced to the individual titles in 15’13 and 18’05 respectively.
The 2017 NH Grand Prix took a trip to the northwestern part of the state last Sunday as NH club members competed in the Canaan Police Run From the Law. Crisp conditions and a flat course lead to some solid summer 5k times as Steve Hammar (GCS) and Lorna Young (UVRC) took the overall titles in 15’54 and 18’01 respectively. On the team side of things, it was the Upper Valley Running Club who defended their home turf, scoring 186 points for the win. The Greater Derry Track Club rolled up 2nd with 160 while series-leading Gate City finished a close third, racking up 157 team points. Rob Edson (UVRC) and Pam Moore (UVRC) won the age-graded titles on the day.
Cool conditions made for a stellar day of racing in Concord for the 50th Annual Bill Luti 5 Miler. Individually, AIC alum Glarius Rop and New England Distance ace Rachel Schilkowsky took home the wins in 25’34 and 27’56 respectively. Rachel’s time bested Heidi Westover’s course record by 25 seconds. On the team side of things, Greater Derry won with a total score of 173, shrinking Gate City’s series lead down to 25 points.
Greater Derry Track Club – 173
Gate City Striders – 143
Upper Valley Running Club – 135
Granite State Racing Team – 49
Rochester Runners NH – 43
Millennium Running – 29
SIX03 Endurance – 20
Monadnock Regional Milers – 6
Athletic Alliance Running Club – 5
Acidotic Racing – 5
Coastal Athletic Alliance – 1
Also, congrats to all NHGP Age division individual winners:
29 & Under: Jake Wormald (GCS) and Lorna Young (UVRC)
30-39: Derrick Hamel (SIX03) and Mary Klene (MILL)
40-49: Rich Smith (UVRC) and Cindy Edson (UVRC)
50-59: Rob Edson (UVRC) and Gini Nichols (GDTC)
60-69: John Tuttle (RR) and Lynn Fawcett (GDTC)
70+: Ken Houle (RR) and Betsy Gonnerman (UVRC)
With the conclusion of the Gate City Half Marathon, the 4th event in this year’s series, the Gate City Striders hoist a 55 point lead over 2nd place Greater Derry Track Club. The Upper Valley Running Club sits in a distant 3rd at the halfway point with 417 points. Individually, Derrick Hamel (SIX03) and Lindsay Close (GCS) took home the overall titles while Gini Nichols (GDTC) and Charlie Bemis (GDTC) were the top age-graded performers on the day.
Congrats to all who came out to the Seacoast to support Chief Michael Maloney and all area first responders. On the individual side, Jake Wormald (GCS) and Emily Cousens (MILL) lead their respective races gun to wire for the win. On the team side, it was a tight race between the top three teams in the league.
Gate City Striders – 132
Greater Derry Track Club – 129
Upper Valley Running Club – 129
Millennium Running – 30
SIX03 Endurance – 28
White Mountain Milers – 23
Rochester Runners – 8
Coastal Athletic Alliance – 5
Athletic Alliance Running Club – 4
Acidotic Racing – 3
Charlie Bemis (GDTC) and Gini Nichols (also GDTC) take top honors in the age-graded category.