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More than 300 run for the lobster

Moore wins 10K race with new PB

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
July 9, 2017

PICTOU, N.S. – Ask Christine Richardson why she loves the Run for the Lobster, and she can come up with a few reasons.
“It is always well organized, with lots of helpful and friendly volunteers, a fun crowd and, not to mention, it’s a great price for a race,” she said, after participating in the event for the fourth time this morning.
The race is special to her not just because she is from the Pictou area, but also because she is a teacher and gets to see many current and former students participating. Her mother also takes part, and sometimes her sons do as well.

The annual Run for the Lobster was held in Pictou on Sunday, July 9, drawing more than 300 participants for the 10K and 5K races.

Photo courtesy of Terry Curley

This year, Richardson was the second female finisher in the 5K, with a time of 23:00.
“Today’s race went really well for me and I was pleased with my results,” she said. “It was a little muggy running today and, at times, I did find it hard to catch my breath, which seemed to be the general consensus from the runners I spoke with after the race.”
Finishing first overall in the 5K was Peter Corbin of New Glasgow, with a time of 17:19, followed only two seconds later by Joe Stewart at 17:21. In third place was Ben Good at 18:37.
The event had a nice atmosphere, according to Stewart, who said he also enjoyed the course.
“I think I had a good race,” he said. “It wasn’t my best race, but with where I am in my training right now, I was happy with the result.”
Top female was Debbie MacDonald at 22:34, followed by Richardson at 23:00, and Erica Croke at 23:43.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
In the 10K race, the day belonged to Drew Moore of Halifax, who finished first with a new PB time of 36:23.
“It’s a great route for a PB, being mostly downhill or flat with just one challenging incline at the 5K mark,” said Moore. “I took almost a minute off my time here from two years ago for a PB, so training with Lee (McCarron) and the Road Hammers is really paying off.”
He also commented on the muggy conditions, adding there was a headwind coming off the harbour along the Jitney Trail, but about as good as can be expected in mid-summer.
“There’s a nice community vibe to the race, too,” said Moore. “It’s especially nice because I’m from Pictou County.”
The event has been a feature of the Pictou Lobster Carnival for more than 40 years, and is also part of the Johnny Miles race series.
It went excellent this year, according to race director Terry Curley.
“Numbers were on par with last year,” he said. “We had 280 registered runners and about 80 students. We had perfect weather, and no issues at all.”