Monday, September 15, 2014

Lone Gull 10K - Gloucester

Sunday lined up the Lone Gull 10K in Gloucester which was race six of the USATF New England Road Race Grand Prix. The weather conditions were awesome with temps in the 60’s and sunny. I started about five rows from the starting line on the right. The early miles are easy along the water and getting pulled by the colorful flow of runners ahead and around. Hearing a mile split of 5:25, I looked ahead to catch teammate Arthur Besse who would end up running a PR for the day. A climb into mile two gave me some separation away from Craig Fram and Arthur just under 11 minutes. I cruised on the downhill out to the water and the level road toward Eastern Point. I was eyeing Robert Cipriano about five seconds ahead into the rare shade into three miles (16:28). He remained elusive as failed to catch him. Mile four went by and one could see way ahead as we headed back to the water. I could see CMS teammates Joe Shairs and Todd Callaghan working together and I wanted some of that as I closed in along the water. I hung onto Joe Lauer (SRR) and Mark Larosa (BAA) for a bit as they looked in command when they passed me. They pulled me into mile five around 27:47. I was closing in on Todd and Heather Cappello who turned out to be women's winner. We were biting right into the wind and that was challenging along with the tired legs. I managed to pass Todd and Heather after six miles on the downhill into the final stretch for a 34:40 (net time) or 34:43 (gun time and 5:36 / mile) and placed 72nd. This 10K was 12 seconds faster than the Level Renner 10K effort back on August 17th. The CMS teams ran well with a team finish of 2nd in the open/masters and third in the Senior division. Full results of the 2014 Lone Gull 10K.
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Below are my USATF New England 10K championship results over the last six years.
2014 34:40 (net time) Lone Gull 10K - Gloucester, MA
2013 35:29 (net time) Lone Gull 10K - Gloucester, MA
2012 35:22 Newton 10K - Newton, MA
2011 34:17 James Joyce Ramble 10K – Dedham, MA
2010 35:43 Bridge of Flowers – Shelburne Falls, MA
2009 34:30 Lone Gull 10K - Gloucester, MA
2008 35:12 Bridge of Flowers – Shelburne Falls, MA

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