The NH Grand Prix continued on this past Sunday with the running of the Epsom Old Home Day 4 Miler. For the first time this season, defending team champion Greater Derry Track Club came out on top in a single race, gathering together 67 finishers to collect a total of 183 points on the day. The Gate City Striders and Upper Valley Running Club would place 2nd and 3rd in the team category with 160 and 56 respectively. Gate City still holds a respectable lead on the series standings with two races remaining.
Individually, Gate City’s Brandyn Naro and Greater Derry’s Amy Bernard captured the overall titles while Charlie Bemis (GDTC) and Elizabeth Gonnerman (UVRC) were the top age-graded performers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Results are in for the Granite State 10 Miler. Upper Valley Running Club was back to their winning ways with the top score for the race. With that score, UVRC clinched their 2016 NHGP title for their second title in a row. Greater Derry Track Club and Gate City Striders were 2nd and 3rd, both in the race and in the overall standings.
With the conclusion of the Bedford Rotary 12k, the Upper Valley Running Club now leads the series by a significant spread. Their 594 combined score so far sits 188 points over that of 2nd place Greater Derry Track Club. The Gate City Striders are settled in a distant third. Overall winners were Millennium’s Nick Aguila-Mandich and Upper Valley’s Hannah Taska. Team totals for the race are below: