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2012 Newport Christmas 10k Run

Christmas 10k Run
Newport, RI – December 9, 2012
Race Report by Patrick Quinn
Race Photos by Scott Mason
Group Photo by Bob Jackman
2011 Race Report

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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 Results

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

3/17 to 3/25/2012 Tuesday Night Turtles Race Results

Dave Principe @ the NB 1/2

1st Mick Morgan’s St Pat’s Day 5k
Walpole, MA, March 17, 2012
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6th – 20:17 – 6:33 – Dave Schaad

Shamrock Shuffle 5K
North Kingstown, RI, March 17, 2012
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? –  JOHN BRENNAN – 19:53.3 – 6:24/M

New Bedford Half Marathon
New Bedford, MA, March 18, 2012
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36th – ALAN BERNIER      1:12:24
73rd – MARTIN TIGHE       1:15:22
104th – DAVID PRINCIPE   1:17:45

Quincy 1/2 Marathon & 5K Road Race
Quincy, MA, March 18, 2012
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85th – Lawrence Walker     1:30:39.0

Nayatt 5K
Barrington, RI, March 24, 2012
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11th – DAVE SCHAAD – 18:55 – 6:05/M

17th Annual Eastern States 20 Miler
Salisbury, MA, March 25, 2012
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46th – 2:22:25 – 7:07 – Lawrence Walker
73rd – 2:31:09 – 7:33 – Patrick Quinn

Quonset 10 Mile
North Kingstown, RI, March 25, 2012
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9th – JOHN BRENNAN – 1:06:17 – 6:38

Quonset 5k
North Kingstown, RI, March 25, 2012
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2nd – Dave Schaad – 19:31 – 6:17
6th – GEORGE ROSS – 21:17 – 6:52

New Jersey Ultra Festival 50 Miler
Augusta, NJ, March 24, 2012
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3rd – Issy Nielson- 7:48:29 (1st Woman)

Photo by Scott Mason

Results 3/3/12 to 3/11/12

Irish 5K
Pawtucket, RI, March 3, 2012
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39TH PATRICK QUINN 20:54.4

Monsignor Clark Beat the Chill Climb the Hill
Wakefield, RI, March 3, 2012

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2ND Dave Schaad 19:25

Black Cat 20 Miler
Salem, MA, March 4, 2012

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50th CHEPACHET WALKER 2:26:17.3

Somerset Recreation’s Shamrock Shuffle
Somerset, MA, March 11, 2012

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3rd Dave Schaad  18:25

St Pats 5K, 2nd of the Tour de Patrick Series
Providence, RI, March 10, 2012

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36TH  ROBERT CORSI  18:10.0
96TH  PATRICK QUINN  20:24.4

Guinness Celtic 5K, 3rd of the Tour de Patrick Series
Worcester, MA, March 11, 2012

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53rd PATRICK QUINN 20:18

Spring Forward 1-Hour Trail Race & Relay
South Kingstown, RI, March 11, 2012

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15th John Brennan – 7 miles in 55:47
16th Issy Nielson – 7 miles in 56:24

Hyannis 1/2 Marathon Race Report by Vicky Jasparro

Vicky Jasparro
Vicky Jasparro

On Sunday February 26, Issy Neilson, Vicky Jasparro and John Brennan braved the Cape wind gods to race the Hyannis Half Marathon. As a note for future years, it is worth getting to this race early. Traffic backs up heading into town, parking can be quite a hike from the race start and packet pickup is complete chaos.  However, if you can survive all that, the race itself is great. The course is a scenic coastal loop, mostly flat with some parts gently rolling, providing the potential for fast times.

This year the wind created some challenges – blowing in the 20mph range with gusts much higher. However the Turtles took it in their stride (it wasn’t only a headwind!) and pulled off some decent times. JB ran a solid 1.28.24 which gave him 2nd in 50-59 AG. Vicky ran a PR of 1.25.30, good enough for 4th female and 1st in the 30-39 AG. And after duking it out with Joan Benoit, Issy passed her in the final stretches to achieve a PR of 1.31.18!

Post race, Vicky, Issy and her friend Sara headed to the Hyannis British Brewing Company (BBC) for the all important job of beer drinking. Being Turtles, they made it there well ahead of the crowds and secured a prime spot up at the bar. The BBC has a wide selection of beers on tap so no one was disappointed. The menu is also large and includes several British favorites (Cornish pasties, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips…). Needless to say the hardest part of the day was recognizing it was time to leave and return to real life back in RI…

2011 Newport Christmas 10K Run

 

Alan Bernier taking the win.

12/11/11 – Christmas Run Newport, RI  Full Results

It was a chilly start at the 28th Annual Christmas Run this year, but with sunny skies and minimal wind, it made for perfect conditions throughout the course, especially on Ocean Drive.  The only obstacle on course was the large ice patch that covered the entire width of the road about a quarter mile into the race.

This year’s race attracted 460 runners in the 10k, up from the 380 at the 2010 event and 442 in the 2009 event.

Turtle’s have a long history at the Christmas Run, winning 8 out of the last 11 Men’s Team Titles from 2000 – 2010.  This race does not have any cash prizes, usually runner’s choose from a random mix of items that are layed upon the floor in the Rogers High School cafetaria, but the team prizes have traditionally been cases of beer, hence the Turtle’s actually organizing themselves to enter a team and win!

Taking in the views...

This year we were just as successful, winning the Men’s Team Title for the 9th time in 12 years, we also added the Women’s Team Title to that this year.  In the individual race, Alan Bernier ran away with the win in 32:32, far ahead of teammate Bob Jackman who finished second in 35:02.  Other finishers were:

12th – Dave Schaad – 38:00
16th – Bob Corsi – 38:20
21st – Ken Kirejczyk – 38:43
30th – John Brennan – 39:40
37th – Jake Schieffelin – 40:31
39th – Jackie Jackman – 40:39
48th – Issy Nielson – 41:28
55th – Joe Reddy – 41:59
136th – Stephanie Hevenor – 47:24

After the race some of the runners and our loyal spectators, Scott Mason, Tony Wild, and Chris Jasparro, headed over to Yesterday’s for some lunch and a beer.  It was a good day!

Back Row: Jackie, Issy, Chris, Tony, Alan. Front Row Bob J, Bob C.

Photos by Scott Mason