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Doiron, Pelletier victorious at Chaleur 10K

More than 400 turn out for annual Beresford event

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
June 10, 2017

BERESFORD, N.B. – It’s a long drive from Moncton to Beresford, but Jean-Marc Doiron and Anouk Pelletier made it worth their while today.
The couple placed first in their respective gender categories at the annual 10K Chaleur Banque Nationale CKLE, in a crowded field that saw 441 runners take part.
“I am from Chaleur, so it was great to win in my hometown,” said Pelletier, who now lives in Moncton. “I very much love my race.”
She finished as the first female with a time of 40:52, a personal best for the 10K.

Anouk Pelletier and Jean-Marc Doiron of Moncton were top finishers at the Chaleur 10K race today in Beresford, N.B.

Photo courtesy of Anouk Pelletier

The weather was perfect for the run, according to Pelletier, who was pleasantly surprised with her result.
“I had an injury during the winter, so I did not have any idea what my time would be,” she said. “When I did not see Shelley Doucet or Heidi (McLellan-Gautreau) at the start line, I knew it was my time to have a great race and try to win!”
Her fiancée, Doiron, was the top overall finisher, with a time of 33:48.
He said it was a really fun event, and complimented the organizers on another job well done.
“I didn’t have too many expectations going into it, as I still had the Fredericton Marathon in my legs,” said Doiron. “But my main rival for today, Greg Sawyer, was in the same boat.”
Sawyer finished in second place with a time of 34:02, a month after finishing ahead of Doiron at the Fredericton Marathon.
“We ran together for about 3K, and then I opened a little gap on him and just laid the hammer down for the rest of the race,” said Doiron. “I had no clue how close or far he was from me, but I assumed it was close and kept pushing hard. I had a hard patch mentally from 6-9K, but I fought through it to take the win. It felt really good to cross the finish line first.”
Finishing in third place was Sylvain Arseneau at 36:07.
Rounding out the top three females were Kamylle Frenette at 42:10 and Sylvie Leblanc at 42:11.
In the 5K race, it was Alexi Roy finishing in first place with a time of 17:23, followed by Jan Rossiter at 18:42, and Jonathan Roy at 18:55. Top females were Marie-Eve Ballard at 21:01, Josianne Guay at 21:05, and Annie LeBlanc at 22:19.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .