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.
The 2nd race in the 2017 NH Grand Prix took place last Sunday with the Red’s Race for a Better Community. 667 finishers crowded the streets of Dover with 190 of those finishers representing NH Grand Prix clubs. The top two overall finishers from the first series race would repeat as the 1, 2 at Red’s, but in reverse order. It was Gate City’s Steve Hammar who bested the field with his time of 26’16 while GCS (and high school) teammate Jake Wormald finished 2nd in 26’45. Mary Peters of the Upper Valley Running Club crossed the line first for the women in a speedy 31’28 with 51 year old Lisa Miller traveling from Pacific Grove, CA to grab the silver medal in 31’56.
On the team side of things, the Greater Derry Track Club prevailed over the Gate City Striders by a slight margin, accumulating a total of 152 point on the day. Gate City’s 142 was enough to hold their staple on the series lead so far. Upper Valley placed 3rd with 122 points for the race and a total of 213 over the first two races while hometown club Six03 Endurance posted their largest series presence so far, placing 4th with 114 points.
On a frigid cold day in Nashua, NH, the Gate City Striders made an appearance at the Team Earley Leprechaun Leap took command of the NHGP Series early on. The striders won the team competition 203 to 165 over 2nd place Greater Derry Track Club. The defending champions Upper Valley Running Club placed a distant 3rd with 91 team points. Individually, it was SNHU XC alumni Jake Wormald and Souhegan’s Shannon Earley (both repping Gate City) who took the overall titles in 16’25 and 20’05 respectively.
For those looking to compete in the series opening Team Earley Leprechaun Leap 5k, the updated registration page is available on the Team Earley Website. Race will be held in Nashua on March 12th at 10AM and the entry fee is $25. See you at the starting line!
The New England Half Marathon in Concord, NH served as the grand finale in this year’s NH Grand Prix slate. Though having already secured the series victory in the last event, the Upper Valley Running Club threw one last hurrah and was the top team on the day with 140 points, backed by three Granite Runners who completed the whole series. Host club Millennium Running toed 44 runners to the finish and collectively took 2nd as a team with 111 points with the Gate City Striders 3rd, scoring 75 points.
Individually, Upper Valley was also at the front as Syrup Chugger duo Rich Smith and Kevin Hartstein placed 2nd and 3rd overall behind overall winner Jaidiby Zapata. Zapata’s cruised the net downhill 13.11 mile course in 74 minutes, 39 seconds. For the women, it was Millennium’s Mary Klene first across the line in 84 minutes, 26 seconds. with teammate Jennifer Mortimer the runner up in 86’12. Jessica Bashaw traveled east from Cambridge, NY to grab the bronze in 86’42.
As we head into the fall and the cooler temperatures settle in, the NH Grand Prix takes a dive into some longer distance road racing. The next race in the series is the Granite State 10 Mile in Concord, NH on October 9th. For those who haven’t ran it before, the course is challenging, but a PR is very doable given conditions are typically good for racing in the fall months and the last few miles of this one are running down the hills you ran up earlier in the race. The Boys and Girls Club of Central NH is the title sponsor this year and they have provided us with a course preview video. Check it out below, study the course, and show up on race day ready to deliver your best performance!
Also, the last time the GS10 was part of the NHGP was in 2013. For those of you who were there, check out this short video from the start of the race:
If you haven’t yet registered, you may do so here.
The Greater Derry Track Club officially ended Upper Valley’s eight race NH Grand Prix team winning streak with the highest points total at Monday’s St. Charles 5k. Their score of 179 points was good enough to top UVRC’s score by 18 points and 106 points over distant 3rd place Gate City. Individually, UNH Alumni Kevin Greene (Flynn Running) and Keely Maguire (Millennium Running) were the overall champions in 15’07 and 17’37 respectively. See our Schedule & Results page for full updates on the series.
St. Charles Team Scores:
Greater Derry Track Club – 179
Upper Valley Running Club – 161
Gate City Striders – 73
SIX03 Endurance – 51
Millennium Running – 48
Rochester Runners – 32
Granite State Racing Team – 22
Coastal Athletic Alliance – 16
Athletic Alliance Running Club – 8
NHGP Division Winners:
Male Open – Nick Aguila (MILL) – 15’23 Female Open – Keely Maguire (MILL) – 17’37 Male Sub-Masters – Rick Bernard (GDTC) – 18’14 Female Sub-Masters – Heather Mahoney (GDTC) – 18’02 Male Masters – Will Locandro (SIX03) – 18’11 Female Masters – Christin Doneski (GSRT) – 18’44 Male Seniors – Rob Edson (UVRC) – 17’23 Female Seniors – Gini Nichols (GDTC) – 19’38 Male Veterans – Ken Snow (GCS) – 20’36 Female Veterans – Judi Lemaire (RR) – 23’41 Male 70+ – Michael Gonnerman (UVRC) – 27’01 Female 70+ – Betsy Gonnerman (UVRC) – 25’01