With the conclusion of the 51st Bill Luti 5 Miler, the Gate City Striders have extended their lead in the team standings to a spectacular 283 points. Meanwhile, the Greater Derry Track Club presents a nice showing at the Luti to claim 2nd place from the Upper Valley Running Club. Neal Darmody (25’07) and Emily Durgin (26’50) claim the overall titles. Durgin’s time was one of the fastest 5 milers run on NH soil by an open female, blasting Rachel Schilkowsky’s course record by a minute and eight seconds.
Team Results (Series Totals):
1. Gate City Striders – 158 (924)
2. Greater Derry Track Club – 138 (641)
3. Upper Valley Running Club – 81 (624)
4. Greater Manchester Running Club – 54 (199)
5. Runner’s Alley – 39 (65)
6. Rochester Runners – 34 (46)
7. Millennium Running – 15 (71)
8. Granite State Racing Team – 14 (76)
9. Monadnock Regional Milers – 3 (6)
10. Acidotic Racing – 3 (3)
Final results are in for the 2018 Capital City Classic! The series leading Gate City Striders ran the show yet again, bringing home six division winners and nearly doubling the score of their nearest competitor in the team category. Neal Darmody (32’50) and Erin Lane (36’45) claimed the overall individual titles. Team scores summarized below:
Gate City Striders – 176 (766 total series points)
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
Enjoy full results and photos by clicking on the links below:
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)
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.
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!
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.