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.
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
The 2016 NH Grand Prix competition continued the evening of July 23rd with a road race/country concert event in Londonderry. After a 40 minute lightning delay, the Boot Scootin’ Boogie 5k kicked off without a hitch. Host club Millennium Running gave series leader Upper Valley Running Club the closest challenge any club has given them in a single race this year. Both club tied for the top spot on the day with 147 team points. Greater Derry (111) and Gate City (109) followed as a distant third and fourth. Upper Valley now holds a 336 point stale on the series with three races left. Recent Londonderry High grad Noah Schrank outleaned Gate City’s Brandyn Naro for the men’s title while Millenium’s Mary Klene won her 2nd straight Boot Scootin’ Boogie race.
Full team scores for the race are below. Be sure to visit our Schedule & Results page for all the up-to-date details on the 2016 series.
There are currently 30 athletes who have finished all of the first four events and are eligible for the Granite Runner prize going into the 2nd half of the series. The names are below. If you believe you have completed the first four events and your name is missing from this list, please email the scorekeeper (firstname.lastname@example.org) for verification.
Amanda Naro GCS
Ken Forrence GCS
Nick Forrence GCS
Ken Snow GCS
Luann Laquerre GCS
Mark Furler GCS
Tom Kolb GCS
Amanda Blanchard GDTC
Brenda Coyle GDTC
Brian Ki GDTC
Carolyn Morgenstern GDTC
Caryn Pepin GDTC
Colleen Falardeau GDTC
Eddie Clements GDTC
Erik Dodge GDTC
Gary See GDTC
Joe Di Mattina GDTC
Michael Elliott GDTC
Regan Coyle GDTC
Scott Abercrombie GDTC
Sean Coyle GDTC
Andrea Resende SIX03
Cara Baskin UVRC
Cindy Edson UVRC
Ellen Chandler UVRC
Gunner Currier UVRC
Jim Burnett UVRC
Kevin Hartstein UVRC
Mary Mancuso UVRC
Rob Daniels UVRC
Rob Edson UVRC
For more info on the series results, please visit our schedule & results page and download the detailed results spreadsheet.
The final results are in and after four races, the Upper Valley Running Club holds a comfortable 300 point lead on the team standings. The Wooly Syrup Chuggers have accumulated a total of 812 points at the halfway mark in the series. Greater Derry and Gate City have established themselves as clear 2nd and 3rd place teams, with 512 and 352 team points respectively. Josh Fontaine and Lydia Gill captured the overall individual crowns. The results for race four along with grand totals are below: