If you haven’t had a chance to look at this year’s Christmas 10K Race Results, it was another successful year for TNT.
For the Individual Awards, Martin Tighe, Dave Schaad, and John Brennan took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in the 50-59 age group. Bob Jackman and Alan Bernier were 3rd and 5th in the Men’s Open age group and Jackie Jackman was 3rd in the Women’s Open age group.
In the Team Competition the Turtles were aiming to win their 10th title in 13 years. There was a healthy competition this year against the Westerly Track & Athletic Club. The WTAC came ready to do battle and put up a good fight that saw 2 WTAC runners finish directly in front of TNT senior ace Martin Tighe. In the end the TNT A team was able to retain their title winning by 1:16 over the WTAC. The TNT B and C teams took 3rd and 4th teams respectively.
Runners enjoyed unusually warm temps near 50 degrees with minimal wind so the conditions were near perfect for a great time.
We also had two new members running this year which was Andrew Goodale and myself.
Andrew went out with the intention of running 7:30s and he ended up running 7:00 min miles.
I also had high expectations. I’ve been pretty good at estimating my race predictions lately and this race was no exception. My “A” goal was to break 40 with 40:30 and 41:00 being my backup goals.
This is only second time I’ve raced this distance and the first time was at last year’s Christmas 10K in which I ran a 43:32 which coincidently was Andrew’s exact time this year. I knew running the Tuesday Course with the faster members and training from A Better Pace prepared me well so I was confident I could nail this goal. I had every intention of running progressive as part of my sub 40 plan but after some personal deliberation at the race start, I would go for even splits. I felt very comfortable running the first 4 miles. Just after completing 3 miles, I caught up to two runners, one of which was JB who gave me some needed inspiration telling me I owned the road and to be a metronome. This helped a lot and I was able to maintain and get into a nice groove. I slipped during the 5th mile but I was able to get back onto pace for the 6th mile. Somewhere, I believe after the 5th mile, I could hear Jackie behind me. I knew it was her because I heard her patented slight cough. I didn’t turn around I just kept working. I felt myself fading but I was able to kick it into another gear and as I approached the last hill before the finish at Rogers High School, I felt relieved the end was near. I passed another runner going up the hill and then for good measure, I saw another runner ahead of me that I would try to pass. As I approached that runner near the shoot, I turned my head to the left and looked at Bob and he said, “You got it”. I looked up at the time and it read 39:50. I crossed the finish line with that runner at the same time of 39:53 but I was given 26th place and he got 27th. I think Alan Bernier was right when he told me I should have waited to cross the finish line before throwing up the fist pump. Rookie mistake. I was thrilled with a big PR of over 3 minutes. Splits: 6:25, 6:25, 6:23, 6:27, 6:32, 6:25 and 6:11 for the last 0.2
After the race and a cool down run, we all headed into the cafeteria for some post- race food and beverages. The food highlight was the Allie’s donuts. I think Bob ate a whole box.
TNT really cleaned house with the awards in the form of beer of course. Even non-TNT winners and Scott Mason who didn’t run (he was shooting pictures) got beer.
From there, Myself, Scott Mason (Thanks Scott for the first beer), Bob Jackman, Jackie Jackman, Alan Bernier, Andrew Goodale enjoyed some great food and beer at Yesterday’s in Newport.
We will be sure to represent well next year for the 30th edition of the Newport Christmas 10K
TNT A – 1st Place Team – 1:44:52
1. Bob Jackman – #4 Overall #3 Division – 33:49
2. Alan Bernier – #7 Overall #5 Division – 34:42
3. Martin Tighe – #14 Overall #1 Division – 36:21
TNT B – 3rd Place Team – 1:56:12
1. Bob Corsi – #17 Overall #11 Division – 37:20
2. Dave Schaad – #22 Overall #2 Division – 38:59
3. Patrick Quinn – #26 Overall #14 Division – 39:53
TNT C – 4th Place Team – 2:05:38
1. John Brennan – #33 Overall #3 Division – 40:39
2. Joe Reddy – #38 Overall #5 Division – 41:27
3. Andrew Goodale – #69 Overall #26 Division – 43:32
Jackie Jackman – #28 Overall #3 Division – 40:01
Marisol Ficaro – #323 Overall #23 Division – 58:24