5th Annual Long John Jaunt Feb 20, 2016

(thanks for the great photos from Ian (Jr.) Doyle.  And thanks to Ian Sr. for working the CBRR desk so wife Anne could run!)

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The Long John Jaunt got started a number of years ago.  At that time, a lot of local runners were heading to Halifax and other destinations to do a winter half marathon.  After a busload of us went to Halifax for the Hypothermic Half (and paid a lot of money, and were sorely disappointed by the poor route, support on route, timekeeping, and prizes) the idea of the LJJ was born!

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Kelly Unsworth leads Patricia Swan, Anne Doyle, and Trish Walsh

Although not drawing as many participants as the first few years, this year’s event had over 60 registrants, and 54 made it to the start (and finish) line on race day.

James Forsey was the original race director.  He passed the reins to Paul MacKenzie, and this year Cyril MacDonald stepped up to take over.  Thanks to Cyril for doing a fantastic job and wrangling some great prizes.  Thanks as well to Bernadette MacLellan and all the other volunteers who made the race possible.  Remember folks – you wouldn’t be out there without them.

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We were blessed by fantastic weather this year.  Clear roads, sunny skies, light winds, and temps above zero made great conditions for a personal best, or for finishing a first race.  Congratulations to everyone who did just that.

Corey Deveaux and Justin Lalanne set a fast pace for each other, pulling away from us stragglers by a good margin by the 5K point.  I didn’t get to watch things play out at the end, but Corey tells me he made a couple of semi-successful attempts to pull away from Justin in the last few Km.  But Justin hung tough, and put a final push on to put a small gap on Corey and win by 5 seconds.  Exciting stuff!  Back a couple of minutes, Allan MacKenzie and Andreas “The Swiss Streak” Burger duked it out for 3rd, with Allan pulling out a 4 second gap at the finish line.

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I am way too old to stay with these guys!

For the women, Steph Myles has been training hard for Boston, and ran in “no-man’s land” with nobody near her in front or behind.  She paced herself to a great 1:32, the second-best women’s time ever at the LJJ.  That bodes well for Boston!  Coming a few minutes back in second place was Kim Scattolon.  3rd place was very interesting this year.  4 women finished within 90 seconds of each other – Jenn Shiner, Renee MacDonald, Lee Ann Astephen,  and Stephanie MacLean.  Jenn lead this group to the line in 1:40:26, which is a massive PB for her.  She has made steady progress over the last few years and is in impressive shape this year!  Well done Jenn.

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She’s having too much fun to be racing!!

We have some impressive age group runners in Cape Breton, and some of the battles and performances further back in the pack are worth mentioning.

  • In the 70+ male category, Peter Hanna has been freakishly unbeatable, but this year he had some competition.  Rex Dunn has been getting some miles in and made Peter work for it this time.  Peter beat Rex by 55 seconds, posting a time of 1:54:42.  Well done gents!  And they should probably note that Ray Oake (now 69yrs old) ran 1:49!!  So next year will be even tougher in that category.  Remember folks – CBRR membership is free over age 70 – a great reason to keep running.
  • Kim Scattolon is running impressive times, with 1:35 at age 48.  That certainly makes her one of the better age-group runners in the maritimes at this distance.
  • Martin Guest is 65 years old and put in a 1:37, which would almost win the 50-59 category.  Again, this is a very top age-group time.  (not surprising that Martin was first of 37 in his age group at Bluenose half last year, in 1:35)
  • Denis Lanoe, Todd Crowdis, and Ron Walsh – top 3 50-59 males – were all under 1:40
  • Anne Doyle has moved up to the 60-69 category this year, but continues to get faster anyway.  She set an unnecessary PB and beat her former category rivals, who also had great runs.

Again, congrats to everyone who ran, but especially the Newbies who finished their first race at that distance, and everyone who set a PB.  See you in 2 weeks at the Louisbourg Slush Run!

Remember you can get these results at limitlessracetiming.com (thanks to the Abbass family for making things work on the weekend!)

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Shelley Rhynold set a new PB at 1:57



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. David Gabriel
    Feb 21, 2016 @ 18:37:11

    Great write up as usual Chris. This is such a wonderful event and it has certainly benefitted from the leadership shown by James, Paul and Cyril. Likewise, for the support of many volunteers, not least of all Bernadette.


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