I've been running Fudgesicle 5ks (actually 3.15 miles) since 'back in the day'. I haven't run one in a couple of winters. This year we've had no snow so no snowshoe racing...so I headed over to Tewksbury on Saturday. The races are $1 and the course is marked and has mile splits, and results are posted on CR after. They always get a decent crowd and it is great to have the race done and head for home by 9 AM.
Dan V was planning on running 5:20 pace for 2 miles then easing up. I have been sick for the last few days and wasn't sure what I could run. My plan was to push the pace with Dan through 2 and if I felt good enough try to continue on. We did the course as a warm-up then did a couple of strides and we were off.
Dan took the lead about 1/2 mile in and I tucked behind him until we hit the mile (5:27). I moved to the front and kept the pace honest, Dan moved back in front at about 1.5 and I took over again just before 2 miles. I hit 2 in 10:53 (5:26), about 2 seconds up on Dan. The last mile was tough with a solid headwind and a slight up hill. I managed to close out in 5:46 (16:39) and 42 seconds for the final part.
In all I was pretty happy with a 17:21 and a win. Dan came in 30 seconds later in second. I figure the time would be a little over 17 on an actual 5k course, decent effort. The win gave me my 34th consecutive year with at least one win. The time is my fastest on the course as a master, my previous best was a 17:30 back in 2006.
1 Dave Dunham 166 1/4 47 M4049 Bradford MA 17:21 5:35
2 Dan Verrington 167 2/4 49 M4049 Bradford MA 17:51 5:45
3 John Rheaume 174 1/10 30 M3039 Lowell MA 18:00 5:48
4 James Sullivan 74 1/2 26 M2029 Chelmsford MA 18:05 5:50
5 Liam Skinner 100 3/4 45 M4049 Lowell MA 18:37 6:00
6 Frank Georges 809 2/10 34 M3039 Lowell MA 20:14 6:31
7 Mike Hurton 96 1/8 53 M5059 Tewksbury MA 20:24 6:34
8 Trish Bourne 76 1/12 47 F4049 Tewksbury MA 20:54 6:44
9 Kali Langeria 93 1/2 19 F1519 New Boston NH 20:57 6:45
10 Dan Beaulieu 172 3/10 30 M3039 Lowell MA 21:03 6:47