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.
The Lebanon Recreation & Parks Dept Shamrock Shuffle served as the season opener for this year’s NHGP. 80 members of the Upper Valley Running Club toed the line and notched up a total of 227 team points on the day, nearly double that of the defending champion Greater Derry Track Club. This is the 2nd largest team score ever posted in Grand Prix history. Individually, Josh Fontaine and Lorna Young were the overall champions. Rob Edson and Betsy Gonnerman, both of the UVRC, took the age-graded honors. The stats are below:
The selection meeting for the 2015 NHGP took place this evening to determine the slate for the coming year. Representatives from GCS, GDTC, UVRC, GSRT, and WMM gathered to select eight races that will proudly serve as the Granite State’s club road racing regime. They are as follows:
March 14th, 2015 – Shamrock Shuffle 5k – Lebanon, NH
The CHaD Half Marathon in Hanover served as the 2014 NH Grand Prix series closer last weekend. After the conclusion of the race, the series scores were tallied and the Greater Derry Track Club held on to win the campaign. This year’s victory marks GDTC’s 3rd straight gold medal finish and 4th series win in the last 5 years. The navy and white scored a total of 1005 points on the year with the Gate City Striders the runners up with their total of 930. The Upper Valley Running Club cruised in with a strong finish, winning the CHaD Half by a pretty significant amount and placing 3rd overall with 651 points.
Individually, Upper Valley’s Rob Edson and Greater Derry’s Lynn-Marie Fawcett proved to be the series age-graded MVPs as they garnered the highest age graded point tally over the seven race tour of New Hampshire. But we can’t leave out Alex Hall (UVRC) for being the overall champion in five of the seven NHGP events this year, or Amy Bernard (GDTC) for crossing the line first for the women in three series races.
The Convenient MD 10k took place last Sunday in Windham, NH and the Greater Derry Track Club extended their series lead to 70 points. Individually, Alex Hall (UVRC) and Amy Bernard (GDTC) not only took the top honors for the second race in a row, but also broke course records for two consecutive NHGP events.
One other point of interest is that the 4th place overall finisher, Wolfgang Ketterle (Somerville Road Runners) is a Nobel Peace Prize winner in Physics for the year 2001. Ketterle is a Physics Professor at MIT and the previous course record holder prior to Alex Hall taking over the crown. Very impressive!
Convenient MD 10k final team scores (series totals in parenthesis):
The Epsom Old Home Days 4 Miler was a great day of racing for the 5th installment of this years Grand Prix. This past Sunday, UVRC’s Alex Hall continued his dominant NHGP tear with his third victory this year in 21’36”. Amy Bernard represented the Greater Derry Track Club with a top finish in a stellar time of 24’22”. As far as the scores go, there was a little bit of a delay getting them out since they had to be done by hand, but the Greater Derry Track Club extended their series lead over Gate City by another 26 points. In the age graded category, Rob Edson (UVRC) and Lynn Fawcett (GDTC) extended their already secure leads in the category. Full team results below:
Greater Derry Track Club – 166
Gate City Striders – 140
Upper Valley Running Club – 36
Rochester Runners – 24
Granite State Racing Team – 22
Athletic Alliance Running Club – 4
For complete results of the race including all Grand Prix scoring breakdowns, visit the scorekeeper’s blog here.
Those of you who didn’t run Epsom when it was Grand Prix in 2012 or just simply need a course refresher, this post is for you. Courtesy of series scorekeeper Mike Giberti, check out this course preview video for the upcoming NHGP race less than two weeks from now. It’s a slow, hilly course, but with the amount of 4 mile road races out there these days, a new personal record is a definite possibility!
To register for the race, head to the Epsom 4 Miler website. It’s only $15 if you get it done before race day. If you register today, you will guarantee yourself a t-shirt as well!
The fourth installment of the New Hampshire Grand Prix took place in Concord, NH last weekend at the Bill Luti 5 Miler. The NH Club Teams were well-represented and the scores were close. The Gate City Striders took the win on the day with 156 total points with series leading Greater Derry Track Club a close second just 8 points behind. The Granite State Racing Team utilized their home turf advantage well to grab a 3rd place finish with 121 points. The Upper Valley Running Club, Rochester Runners, Athletic Alliance, and White Mountain Milers rounded out the team competition. Overall race winners were BJ Smith (Concord, NH) and Denise Sandahl (Bow, NH). Eric Williams (GSRT) and Christin Doneski (also GSRT) took home the top Age-Graded honors. Here are the final team scores of the race: