We Hit October Hard- “On The Run!”October 3rd, 2012 at 12:31 pm by jonleiding under Sports, Uncategorized
The Latest Running News and Notes around the “757″ with Sportswrap Running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding
Away We Go!
With SO much going on in Hampton Roads, it can be a challenge to find out about all the great races, runs, and events. We try our very best to give you what you need. Past “Congrats” to all who took place in the Neptune Sandman Triathlon recently. Swimming, Biking, and Running all highlighted a special day for 43 year old, Derek Russell, the Overall Winner with an impressive 1:12:40. Joel Bell, one of my Tag team partners in our “Linked Marathon” run from March, was strong in the Top Ten. Virginia Beach’s Emily Eckman took the Ladies Title with a 1:27:25.
Back on Dry land, the Neptune Running Weekend was all over the Oceanfront. Buxton’s Keith Gray, 47, took the 5K race in 17:58, then rolled to a Top Ten performance in the 8K. The Women’s field was won by the smooth running,Sika Henry Taylor. She looked strong at the finish. Speaking of the 8K, Kris Lawrence led the Ladies and most of the field, breaking the Tape in 29:15. I know I couldn’t catch her. Jeff Klemmer edged out Suffolk running great, Billy Chorey with a solid 28:02.15 for the Overall win. Chorey was only five seconds behind. I even got a few moments to chat with Billy. Great personality and a “Good Guy” who wins. There was even a One Miler as it became a Family affair with Ben Werve and Sister, Samantha Werve the Fastest in their categories.
Sunday, the Alanton Elementary One Mle Run was fun with 13 year old, Julia Hamrick winning in 6:16 and Willie Hinton III winning the Men’s crown in 5:10. There were some fast times on that course!
On the Peninsula, the only race around was the Alan Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive 5K race in Williamsburg. results were not available, but reports were that good times were had by many.
The Masters 5k Championships in Syracuse, New York had local flavor as several standout Runners over 40 years old competed and did well at the 3.1 mile event. A youthful “Shout Out” to Williamsburg’s Stephen Chantry, seventh in the Age Graded finish, blazing the course in 16:58, followed by Dave Lockard in 17:15, just a second ahead of Greg Dawson, our good friend of the blog with a 17:16. Virginia Beach’s Tom Purcell posted a 17:24. Purcell is also our friend and “The Man” at Town Center Fitness. Tami Graf finished in Second place in the nation for Women, aged 75-79. That’s amazing times! Well Done!
Now That’s a Long Run!
Last Weekend the Colonial 200 Relay kicked off in Charlottesville and ended in Jamestown 206 miles later. Through the miles and crazy weather, teams of 4-12 people ran legs of this distance. The Hampton Roads Runners took the trip, along with the eventual winning team of Ryan Carroll, Tommy Neeson, Joel Bell, Drew Midland, Dai Roberts, along with Renee High, aptly named “2B5D“.
Weather was not their friend as the raced the mountains and yet, they broke the course record, crushing it by posting a time of 22 hours and 7 minutes. That’s an average of close to 6:35 per mile. You won’t find a much better group than this to post such an impressive effort. Congratulations!!!
Up And Coming!
This weekend, the action takes no rest break. Staring at Poquoson High school, the MacKenzies 5K races off Saturday morning. Want to hit the trails? Virginia Weslyan has their Homecoming 5K run on campus. I’m always pleased to see the great work Matt & Krista Littleton do for Running in the area. Also, the Third Annual Run For the Hills 10K starts at the Warhill Sports Complex and their Run for Breast Health 10K
. For my friends on Two Wheels, REichmond offers up the Marin’s Tour of Richmond, with three different race events. Sunday, head to Chesapeake, “dog gone it” for the Bark in the Park 5k Doggy Dash and Jerry and Amy Frostick were on the Hampton Roads Show Today, promoting the Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon and 5K in Hampton for Sunday. Our good friends from Team Hoyt were there as well and really add excitement to the events. If you are racing this weekend, good luck!
I have been So Busy these Days! Thanks for the feedback, emails, and story ideas. We’ll have the camera out soon. If you see me, smile! I might just catch you…”On The Run!”
On the Run with Sportswrap running Reporter, Jon “Flex” Leiding on WAVY.com