Provincial 5 Mile champs
New Brunswick runners and race organizers displayed their determination this past weekend with not a single cancelled RunNB sanctioned race despite Hurricane Dorian sweeping over Atlantic Canada. Saturday's fierce winds and rain left many broken tree branches scattered on the roads, but this wasn't enough to deter our NB runners. Four events took place bright and early on Sunday morning. Among them was the NB Provincial 5 Mile Championship.
In an incredible display of strength, Lee Wesselius of River Glade smashed the Hampton Five Miler course record and provincial record in the 5 Mile (8km) race in a time of 23:39. That is an average of 2:57 per km! This beats Marc Beaudoin's old provincial record of 24:05 established in 1983 and Barry Britt's old course record of 24:45 established in 2017.
The top three female runners at the Hampton Five Miler were Sacha Hourihan of Southfield (30:09), Erin Vringer of Saint John TC (31:56) and Anouk Doiron of Moncton (34:18). The top three male runners were Lee Wesselius of River Glade (23:39), Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton (27:40) and Jeff Queen of Saint John (29:02). Sacha and Lee brought home the titles of 2019 NB Provincial 5 Mile Champions. 169 runners took part in this race.
Congrats as well to SJTC's Marin Macpherson winner of the 3k race and Cam Harris top U20 male finisher & 5th overall in the 5 miler