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Blue skies welcome runners at 18th New Hampshire Marathon

About 350 runners departed from Newfound Memorial Middle School for the start of the New Hampshire Marathons 10K and 26.2-mile treks through the Newfound Lake region. It was the 18th running of the annual event, which began in 1993. (Matt Perloff — Courtesy) (click for larger version)
October 06, 2010
BRISTOL — No trace of the flood-worthy storms from the day before were present when more than 450 runners and walkers took to the streets of the Newfound area for Saturday's 18th Annual New Hampshire Marathon.

Though the heavy rains from Friday would impact turnout for Saturday's series of events, the blue skies were a welcome sight for those in attendance, still one of the largest fields in the history of the races. The brand-new Half-Marathon joined the traditional 5K Health Walk, 10K run and namesake 26.2-mile trek through the Newfound area, as runners from across the nation and beyond tackled the scenic terrain.

The weather was finally starting to warm as a small but loyal crowd of volunteers and spectators gathered at the finish line to welcome this year's champion, Chuck Engle. The 39-year-old from Dublin, Ohio clocked in at two hours, 47 minutes and 20 seconds, beating runner-up Paul Young of North Andover, Mass. by nearly seven minutes to take this year's crown.

Only one other runner came in under the three-hour mark, that honor going to 2006 champion Brian McNeiece of Narragansett, R.I., who clocked in at 2:58:34.

Sportswriter Peter King (center) runs with Jonathan Kuniholm of Durham, NC (left) and Robert Whiteley of Somers, Conn. In the New Hampshire Marathon’s Half-Marathon Saturday morning. King, who entered the race after losing a bet on Twitter, ran for two charities. (Matt Perloff — Courtesy) (click for larger version)
The women's title would prove much closer, as the top three all finished within 49 seconds of each other. Kathryn Faberman would take top honors, as the 25-year-old from Charlotte, N.C. clocked in at 3:41:13, good for 28th overall, while Ima Kyndanutz of Warren, R.I. arrived 38 seconds later to take runner-up and 30th overall.

Isabel Lowell of Lawrence, Mass., was next in with a time of 3:42:02, placing 31st overall and third among the women.

Thomas Ueland, a Plymouth resident and regular among the top NH Marathon finishers, was once again the first local to cross the finish line, clocking in at 3:08:30 to place eighth overall. Hebron's Kathleen Connor was both the first local woman and first Newfound area woman to arrive at Kelley Park, her time of 4:03:39 good for 70th overall and 11th among female runners. Only one other local took on the 26.2-mile journey, as Leah Wilson of Plymouth clocked in at 4:26:57 to place 107th overall.

New to this year's series of events was the Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile journey from the Sculptured Rocks in Groton along the second half of the Marathon route back into Bristol. Kathleen Mack of West Rutland, Vt. would become the first to conquer the new event, clocking in at one hour, 28 minutes and 48 seconds to become both the women's and overall champion. Kevin Fallon of West Boylston, Mass. would arrive 36 seconds later to take runner-up and the men's championship, while Quentin Turnbull of Concord clocked in at an hour and a half on the dot to place third overall.

Top honors among the locals went to David Perfield of Bristol, who clocked in at 1:38:53 to take 10th place overall. Daniel Labrecque of Plymouth would make the top 20 with a time of 1:42:06, good for 16th overall, while Bridgewater's Audrey Simpson and Groton's Michelle Chamberlain were the top local women, clocking in just half a minute apart at 1:58:13 for 49th overall and 1:58:43 for 51st overall respectively. Other locals tackling the inaugural half marathon included Patricia Buhrman of Plymouth, Bonnie Tisdale of Bristol, Deb Blouin of Alexandria, Melissa Sullivan of Plymouth, Michele Sirles of Holderness, Jennifer Gove of Alexandria and Susan Gazda of New Hampton.

The Half Marathon also featured a celebrity in its midst, as Boston sportswriter Peter King took part in the inaugural run. The Sports Illustrated writer and contributor to NBC's Football Night in America took part after losing a bet on Twitter, but used the opportunity to help raise funds for two charities, the Wounded Warrior Project and Feed the Children. More information is available at runpeterkingrun.com.

One of the local highlights came in the 10K race, as Bristol's own David Chorney cruised to the overall title with a time of 33 minutes, 41 seconds. Plymouth's Ryan Twomey picked up runner-up honors, the only other 10K participant to arrive under the 40-minute mark as he earned a time of 37:48.

On the women's side, Plymouth's Marie Veselsky was the first local to arrive as she clocked in at 49:01, good for fourth among female runners and fourth overall, as well as first place in her age group. Erica La Bella of Sugar Hill was the top women's runner in the 10K, earning a time of 42:11 for sixth overall.

The local area was well represented throughout the in the 100-runner field. Armand Girouard of Campton would make the top ten with a time of 44:56, good for eighth overall, while 15-year-old Christopher Cox of Bristol had the distinction of being one of the race's youngest runners while taking 18th overall. Other local finishers included Fabienne Pattison of Campton, Scott Fogg of Bristol, Cindy Williams of Alexandria, Lindsie Lemiuex of Bristol, Sue Williamson of Bristol, Rachel Clayman of Bristol, Mark Schaffner of Bristol, Cailey Newton of Hebron, Barbara Sewall of Bristol, Jennifer Cullen of Bristol, Julaine Geldermann of Bristol, Sue Sampson of New Hampton, Amanda Loud of Holderness, Charlene Whitman of Plymouth, Stacy Lopes of Campton, Kendra Chevalier of Bristol, Sarah Stewart of Plymouth, Dee Dee Monahan of Bristol, Jeff Schultz of Campton, Karen Schaffner of Bristol, Ann Fogg of Bristol, Mark Givens of Bridgewater, Tonya Warren of Plymouth, Elizabeth Beeson of Holderness and Ronald Jansen of Thornton.

A complete listing of results can be found online at coolrunning.com.

The New Hampshire Marathon was once again brought to life through the effort of many local sponsors and volunteers who lent their time and energy to the annual races. The Newfound Regional High School band provided music and performed the National Anthem prior to the start of racing. Carrol Brown, a one-man band and regular at the Marathon, was once again on hand to provide entertainment throughout the day. The Bristol Lions provided refreshments for spectators and runners, while runners were treated to drinks, pizza, fruit and other treats under the tent. The Newfound Memorial Middle School gym was open all day for the annual Arts and Crafts Fair, which featured a wide variety of products for all tastes and interests, while runners and volunteers headed to Kathleen's Cottage following the completion of the Marathon for the After Race Party, closing out another successful Marathon season.

The New Hampshire Marathon began in 1993 as a fundraiser for three local organizations: Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Camp Mayhew for at-risk boys and the Circle Program for at-risk girls. Funds raised from this year's races will be presented to the organizations in a special ceremony, to be announced at a later date.

Planning is already underway for next year's race, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. For more information, including sponsor information and registration, race details and entry forms, visit nhmarathon.com or e-mail to littletown@metrocast.net.

Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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