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Handrigan sets new course record at Miramichi 5 Mile

Parsons top female in annual race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
April 9, 2017

MIRAMICHI, N.B. – Grant Handrigan showed up for the annual April 5-mile race in Miramichi this morning, and left with a new course record.
Handrigan finished with a blazing time of 25:53, outrunning his fellow Monctonian Remi Poitras, who finished in second place at 27:07. Coming in third was Shayne Dobson of Campbellton at 27:46.
It was the second time for Poitras running the course, and he was satisfied with his time, which was 20 seconds faster than last year. He was one of a few runners from Moncton representing their club at the race.

Grant Handrigan (right) leads Remi Poitras early in the race at the Miramichi 5 Mile on Sunday, April 9. The Moncton pair finished 1-2 in the annual race, with Handrigan setting a new course record of 25:53.

Photo courtesy of Brian Richard

“Our coach, Jean-Marc Doiron, is making us work hard in our training and it is paying off,” said Poitras.
He said the sunny weather with just a slight breeze made for ideal running conditions for his first road race of 2017.
He was also complimentary of the race organizers, the Miramichi River Runners.
“The race is well organized,” said Poitras. “There are a lot of volunteers, and we are always more than welcome.”
Top female finisher was Kari Parsons of Saint John, who crossed the line at the 37:41 mark, followed by Tanya Wood of Ludlow at 39:46, and Natalie Waterburry of Miramichi at 44:12.
Parsons agreed, saying it was a beautiful morning for a race.
“The Miramichi River Runners always do a great job organizing races,”
she said. “There were a lot of volunteers and the course was well mapped
out with a lot of signage.”
She said she appreciates the dedication of the club for holding its races on a monthly basis.
As for her performance, she was satisfied.
“I tried my best and, overall, I was pleased with the end result,” said Parsons. “It’s still very early in the season, so I’m hoping to improve quickly.”
The race attracted 32 total runners, down from 38 last year, but the club was happy with the event, according to past president Brian Richard.
“The weather was perfect, I think it was 7 degrees when it started,” said Richard. “It was a great day, and things went well.”
Next up for the Miramichi River Runners series will be the Miramichi Spring 10K on Sunday, May 7.