Tuesday, November 29, 2011

31st Annual Andover Cross Country Club Classic

Myself, Matt Fuhrmeister, Dave Dunham, Matt Fischetti. Photo by Gianina Lindsey.
Krissy and I headed up to Andover for the Andover Country Club Cross Country 6K race. Most of the course is all over the roller coaster golf course. I tried to warn Krissy and my friend Patrick who was running his first cross country race since High School. They both held their own but admitted this was no flat road race.  I had a little back and forth with Dave Dunham early on. Dave Quintal threw in the surge of the race over a mile in, sending me a message that he was going to run Dunham down. I tried to keep them in sight but my legs were toast. Jonathan May went by me with over a mile to go, looking strong up the residential road. I gave one last push but minutes later had me fading again. He finished strong and I had to hustle in to keep a fast charging Joe O’Leary a few steps behind. I finished 8th overall with a time of 19:16.33 (5:31 / mile pace). Next up is the Mill Cities Relay with the Somerville Road Runners. I have the long leg  (9.4 miles) of the day. It will be interesting. This was my first road race ever way back in the 90’s where I had leg number two with the North Shore Strider men's open team. It should be fun.

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