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Tearing up the trail in Truro

Hatheway, Hamilton top 10K finishers at Cobequid race

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Aug. 27, 2017

TRURO, N.S. – He came in with his eye on cracking the top three in the Run Nova Scotia Performance Series. For now, he’ll settle for a dominant win.
Gavin Hatheway of Hebbville came first in the 10K race at the Cobequid Trail Run, with a time of 34:41, more than a minute ahead of his Halifax Road Hammers teammate Michael Bergeron.
Despite the victory, Hatheway said the race did not go as he had hoped it would.
“I had a tough time getting rolling on the trail, slipping around a bit due to the trail surface,” he said. “That being said, it’s always fun to be up front chasing down the lead cyclist.”

The half marathon participants start off in the annual Cobequid Trail Run in Truro, N.S. on Sunday, Aug. 27.

Tim Chesnutt photo

He said the race atmosphere at the Truro event was excellent, with organizers, spectators and fellow competitors cheering him on all the way.
“The out-and-back course on the trail makes for a unique environment, allowing high fives once you pass the turnaround,” said Hatheway. “The rain held off and snacks were aplenty after the race, so overall it was a great event.”
Bergeron finished in second place at 35:45, followed by another Road Hammers training partner, Rami Bardeesy, at 36:37.
Bardeesy was there to pace Bergeron, with the intention to keep him at a 3:30 pace for the first few kilometres.
“Unfortunately, the heat and loose gravel for the best of us,” said Bergeron, who won the tough Harvest 25K race in Kensington, P.E.I. only a week ago. “I think my legs are still tired from last weekend. Rami stayed with me for the first 3K and then reduced his speed… I tried to hold the pace but had a hard time.”
Bergeron still ran a personal best, beating his previous mark for the 10K by 65 seconds.
Among females, Emily Hamilton of Halifax continued her string of strong performances, finishing first with a time of 38:57.
She too loved the atmosphere in Truro.
“The volunteers were great and there was even a band of drummers at the 2K/8K mark,” said Hamilton.
“I didn’t execute my race like I wanted, but I still had a great time, regardless.”
Finishing second among females was Paula James, with a time of 39:11, followed by Chloe Austin at 40:02.
In the 5K, Abby Lewis of Beaverbank finished first overall with a time of 19:18, followed by Natalia Borszczow at 19:30, and top male finisher Tim Duguay at 19:52.
Chair of the Run Nova Scotia management board, Duguay praised the Truro run for being so well organized, and for its “amazing post-race food.”
His only disappointment was not seeing Lewis finish.
“She is running so strong and I wanted to see her cross the finish line, however she is way faster than me!” he said.
Finishing second among males was Michael Godsell at 19:58, followed by Cory Richards at 20:03. The third place female finisher was Allie Sandluck at 20:15.
In the half marathon, Matthew White of Dartmouth topped the field at 1:19:05, followed by David Holder at 1:21:34, and David Martin at 1:24:38. The top female was Jody Bower-Taylor of Hilden with a time of 1:35:00, followed by Samantha Mackenzie at 1:41:25, and Christie Hammel at 1:42:17.
For complete, official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .