I lined up 3 rows back in a record field of 101. The start was pretty narrow but everyone seemed to seed themselves correctly and I found myself in 9th place at 1/4 mile as we took the turn off the main path. It looked like Nacho, Brandon, and JJ would be having a good fight up front. I was right on Ryan Welts tail and he was right on Joseph Degutis (CRC). Occasionally we could see Kevin Tilton and Ben Nephew on the many switchbacks. The pace felt fast and I was doing all I could to hang on to Ryan, there seemed to be a gap behind us and I didn't want to fall off into that void.
|Nephew & Tilton|
|McGrath, Newbold, Johnson|
I kept thinking of trying to pass Ryan but every time I thought "do it now" the pace just seemed to fast. Finally with about 1.5 to go I called "on your left" and Ryan let me by. He stayed right on me as we approached the return section. At that point Degutis went left instead of right and as Ryan called him back I moved up into 8th place. We hit the bridge and I knew I had less than 10 minutes to go and that the first 6 minutes would be climbing up Horse Hill.
I threw all I could into the climb but couldn't really gap them. At the top of the hill I dug down and really worked the downhill. I could hear them behind me but had opened a slight gap. At the final turn I knew it was only a minute of running left so I "went to the arms". That was the signal for Degutis to go into his kick and he went by me like I was standing still. I finished four seconds back and completely beat.
The field was pretty deep, which is great to see. I hope most of the guys are fired up about Nationals!
|1||33:03:00||8:03||Nacho Hernando||SWEETIE PIES||20||M||Concord NH|
|2||33:15:00||8:06||Brandon Newbould||WHIRLAWAY||32||M||Nottingham NH|
|3||33:35:00||8:11||Jim Johnson||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||36||M||Madison NH|
|4||34:37:00||8:26||Scott McGrath||WHIRLAWAY||27||M||Andover MA|
|5||35:16:00||8:36||Kevin Tilton||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||32||M||North Conway NH|
|6||35:18:00||8:36||Ben Nephew||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||38||M||Mansfield MA|
|7||35:23:00||8:37||Chad Carr||CAMBRIDGE RUNNING CLUB||38||M||Cambridge MA|
|8||35:58:00||8:46||Joseph Degutis||CAMBRIDGE RUNNING CLUB||36||M||Brookline MA|
|9||36:04:00||8:47||Dave Dunham||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||49||M||Bradford MA|
|10||36:10:00||8:49||Ryan Welts||ACIDOTIC RACING||33||M||Northwood NH|
|25||46:11:00||11:15||Melissa Donais||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||30||F||North Andover MA|
|28||46:44:00||11:23||David Lapierre||CENTRAL MASS STRIDERS||49||M||Chelmsford MA|