The 2016 NH Grand Prix slate continued with a point-to-point, slightly downhill 10k as the Chief Maloney Unity Run gave runners a tour of the NH Seacoast back roads. The race linked the Stratham and Greenland police departments and featured some solid racing. Millennium Running ace and SNHU XC coach Nick Aguila-Mandich took the victory in 31’22 with teammate Phoebe Novello (pictured above) winning as the top female in 35’13.
With the conclusion of the Chief Maloney Unity Run, the Upper Valley Running Club has extended their early series lead. The Wooly Syrup Chuggers’ series total of 430 points has them up front by over 150 points over Greater Derry’s 266. Gate City holds the third position with 152. Rob Edson and Betsy Gonnerman lead the age-graded standings.
After the conclusion of the White Mountain Milers’ Half Marathon, the Upper Valley Running Club has garnered the 2015 New Hampshire Grand Prix Team Title, their first in program history. Leading gun to wire, the Wooly Syrup Chuggers have managed to rally armies of talent to almost every race and were strong enough to upset 3x defending champion Greater Derry Track Club.
The results for the final race of the series (WMM Half):
UVRC – 169 points
GDTC – 103 points
GCS – 72 points (tie)
WMM – 72 points (tie)
GSRT – 37 points
SIX03 – 36 points
CAA – 4 points
And the final series standings:
UVRC – 1279 points
GDTC – 1136 points
GCS – 883 points
GSRT – 409 points
SIX03 – 159 points
MILL – 104 points
WMM – 82 points
AARC – 62 points
RR – 9 points
ACID – 7 points
CAA – 4 points
Rob Edson (UVRC) and Julia Martinage (GDTC) are the individual age-graded champions for the series.
For full series results, including the winners of each age group, and the full scoring spreadsheet, see: 2015 Results Page
The Convenient MD 10k served as a great event for the 7th NHGP race of the year. Cool weather and a flat course brought forth some fast race times for runners across the state. As for the team competition, 35 members of the Upper Valley Running Club took the trip down to Windham and gathered 185 points to take home a very important victory over host club Greater Derry Track Club, who was 2nd with 167. The Gate City Striders would place a distance third with 75 points. Other NH teams represented include the Granite State Racing Team, Millennium Running, Six03 Endurance, Athletic Alliance Running Club, and the White Mountain Milers.
Team scores for the Convenient MD 10k:
UVRC – 185
GDTC – 167
GCS – 75
GSRT – 20
MILL – 10
SIX03 – 5
AARC – 4
WMM – 1
The overall individual winners on the day were recent Tufts grad Joe St. Pierre and new UVRC member Phoebe Novello. Both broke the previous course records as well as male runner up Sam Fazioli of Whirlaway. The NHGP age-graded titles were won by UVRCs Rob Edson and GDTCs Cathy Merra.
Photo courtesy of Millennium Running and OrangeTheory Fitness
The 2015 NH Grand Prix continued its slate in Auburn with the New Hampshire 10 Miler on August 29th. Series leaders UVRC brought many of their best into the Southern part of the state to extend their lead, totaling 162 points on the day. The Greater Derry Track Club placed 2nd not far behind UVRC with 136 team points. The Gate City Striders would have the third highest tally with 131. With these results, the UVRC lead has been lengthened to 59 points.
Team totals for the NH 10 Miler:
UVRC – 162
GDTC – 136
GCS – 131
SIX03 – 36
GSRT – 32
MILL – 19
AARC – 17
Scott Mindel (Saucony Hurricanes) and Erica Jesseman (Dirigo) were the overall winners on the day with Rich Smith (UVRC) and Steph Wilson (unattached) the 2nd place finishers.
Two events remain in the series. The next one takes place on September 27th, 2015; the Convenient MD 10k in Windham.
Check out a highlights video of the race as compiled by Millennium Running:
The NH Grand Prix competition continued on a muggy day for racing at the Bill Luti 5 Miler in Concord. Team RUN’s Justin Freeman and Whirlaway’s Heather Mahoney swiped the overall titles. Heather represented the Greater Derry Track Club as part of the Grand Prix, helping them win the race with a total of 153 points. Gate City and Upper Valley would take 2nd and 3rd on the day with 140 and 139 points respectively. With that, the Upper Valley Running Club now has a 33 point staple on GDTC in the team standings with the Gate City Striders a distant third and the Granite State Racing Team in fourth. The next race on board is the New Hampshire 10 Miler in Auburn on August 29th.
The RibFest 5 Miler presented 1200+ participants with a rainy morning, but saw some respectable results, especially from NH Grand Prix participants. Host team Millennium Running swept the open men’s division as Mike Danaher took home the victory in 26 minutes 8 seconds in his debut race for the club. Central Mass Strider Chris Mahoney (representing the Greater Derry Track Club in the NHGP) and Millennium Running’s Alex Leuchanka took 2nd and 3rd in 26’14 and 26’16 respectively.
The women’s side of things presented a tight race up front as Pinkerton Academy rising senior Morgan Sansing and Whirlaway Racing Team’s Heather Mahoney took it down to the final steps meters. Sansing would notch the victory in 30’29 with Mahoney hot on her heels at 30’32. Mahoney’s teammate Amy Bernard would swipe third place in 31’17. All three of the top ladies represented the Greater Derry Track Club in the NHGP competition.
As a result of the front runners and a great team showing, GDTC would pull off the team victory on the day, collection 156 points. Series leading Upper Valley Running Club would take second in 116 with Gate City third in 113. The UVRC series lead has been cut down to 47 points heading in race #5, the Bill Luti 5 Miler.
After corrections were submitted, the series-leading Upper Valley Running Club edged out four time series champion Greater Derry Track Club at the Bedford Rotary 12k by a score of 139-138. The Gate City Striders held up the 3rd position, totaling 112 points on the day. 2014 age-graded MVP Rob Edson and GDTC member Lauren Tilton were the overall winners with net times of 44’44 and 50’06. The scoring totals for the race were as follows:
The second race in the 2015 NH Grand Prix took place this past Sunday on the streets of Nashua, NH for the Soup Kitchen 5k. The home team Gate City Striders toed 66 runners on the line and took a marginal victory, scoring 190 points. Defending series champions Greater Derry Track Club took 2nd in 165 with the Upper Valley Running Club in the broze position with 142 team points. Lucas Pozzetta (GCS) and Lorna Young (UVRC) were the individual champions on the day. This leaves UVRC with an 86 point staple after the first two events.
Granite State Race Services provides us with full results here.