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Lone Gull 10k: Duncan Finds His Rhythm

Sean Duncan (WMDP) and Olympian Steph Reilly continued to tear up the USATF-NE Grand Prix series with their wins at the Lone Gull 10k on Sunday in Gloucester. Both runners shot out to the lead early and held it, but ran a little conservatively and weren’t quite sure of what to expect in terms of competition.

Sean knew there were runners in the field that were capable of giving him a run for his money, especially with Nate Jenkins lurking somewhere out of sight. When he felt a presence coming up on him later on, there was some surprise to see that it wasn’t Jenkins but instead newcomer Nick Karwoski (Whirlaway). Nick surprised a few people that day, including many Whirlaway teammates who didn’t see a welcome email but were shocked to see an unknown giant in a Whirlaway singlet chasing down Duncan at the end of the race. The element of surprise wasn’t enough and Nick wasn’t able to reel in Sean. Sean’s 30:50 was good enough for a seven second cushion, and added even more points to his series total.

With only two series races left (30k & marathon), Sean appears to be in command. In fact, coupled with his win the prior week at the WMDP XC Festival, he now leads in two series (road and xc). It appears that 2013 is Duncan’s year. It’s not over yet and it may be premature to celebrate, but I think it’s okay to start the celebratory dancing. Just a little bit. Maybe for 16 seconds or so.

Steph Reilly also has a commanding lead in the grand prix standings and further asserted her dominance on Sunday. Reilly cruised through the streets of Gloucester and comfortably ran a 34:58. Her next closest competitor was Jess Minty of New Balance Boston, who ran a 36:27. Steph is more focused on coaching her Bryant University team right now and is just trying to get through this phase unscathed. You wouldn’t know it from the way she’s racing.

Binney Mitchell (GMAA) and Christen Doneski (Whirlaway) were the top masters. As far as teams go, Central Mass Striders took the titles in both men’s open and masters. Having Jenkins and Dan Vassallo finish 3-4 is a great way to start the day. The New Balance Boston women claimed the open team title, while Whirlaway was able to score the masters team title.

For more on this event, check out:

Race pics by Ted Tyler
Race pics by Krissy Kozlosky (featured image on the main page is hers)
Full results

*Sorry for the video quality. For some reason YouTube isn’t uploading it in HD. We hope you can enjoy the dancing and the interviews without that video quality. We’ll try to fix and re-upload later.

Reilly Edges Jesseman in Tight Race

This time, the ladies are up first. The New Bedford Half Marathon, the second race in the 2013 road racing grand prix series, took place this past Sunday. Stephanie Reilly broke the tape again, and her Team RUN ladies finished second in the team competition. For her effort, Stephanie had this to say:

Stephanie Reilly, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

Stephanie Reilly, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

I would say relieved would be my best emotion after the race to be honest. I was just not a 100 percent physically, and was not sure how the race would go. I definitely had to change my game plan as a result, and run very smart early in the race. Erica is a great runner and she ran a great race and she really made me work hard to catch her.

From miles 4 to 9 I really started to find a rhythm, and I think I ran strong for those 5 miles. The wind was very harsh but I was fortunate to have a male runner to latch onto from 9-12 miles and that kept me on with not too much of a lag in pace. That’s when the lead women’s truck got close very suddenly. I was maintaining a decent pace, while I think Erica was struggling a bit. It was only on that stretch from 10-12 where I knew I had this and it was just maintain and go right by once I got to her.

It was somewhere on the hill after 12 when I caught her. I definitely feel that I am stronger than I ever have been, so even on a bad day I can truck along pretty solid. I definitely feel confident that I have a good half in me when I am on 100% physically. You think a lot when you are not feeling so great, and it certainly turns into a tough mental game more than anything. Anytime I race I always give a 100% of what I have on that day, even if that day I am not 100%, if that makes any sense.

There’s a bit of a gap between now and the Hollis 5k. What’s the next couple of months look like for you, race wise?

The Hollis 5k is definitely the next one penciled in, but until then to be honest I will play it by ear. Certainly I will keep jumping in some road races over the next couple of months. I haven’t stepped onto a track yet, and with the crap weather we are getting of late, not sure when I will….haha. But at the very least I will have another 6 weeks of this base I have going, and see where I go from there. I think I will do that Westfield 5km in a couple of weeks though. I am kind of enjoying this free spirit take to my racing. It has always been the way I operate. I hate planning to far ahead.

Finishing a few seconds back of Stephanie, Erica Jesseman wasn’t feeling great either. Although she didn’t get the individual win, being part of the winning Dirigo RC team surely offers some consolation. Here’s an interview with her after the race, with Jim Dandeneau:

In the masters division, Sheri Piers (also of Dirigo RC) took home yet another title. Sheri ran a 1:20:44 and finished with comfortable cushion over runner up Mimi Fallon.

Sheri Piers leading the masters women in New Bedford, courtesy of Scott Mason Photography.

Sheri Piers leading the masters women in New Bedford, courtesy of Scott Mason Photography.

See the rest of our New Bedford coverage here. Want to see more race pictures like the ones included here? Be sure to visit Scott Mason Photography’s great website. Also, special thanks to our sponsors for providing prizes for some of the top runners: Skechers provided pairs of shoes, along with a couple hundred goodie bags for finishers, and Sigvaris provided custom fit compression socks. They support us, so please consider supporting them.

Amherst 10 Miler: Reilly RUNs Away With It

See what I did there? If not, don’t worry. It’ll make sense soon enough. Steph Reilly (Bryant University coach and 2012 Olympian) led her Team RUN teammates to victory in the first grand prix race of the season this past Sunday in Amherst. Steph won the Jones 10 miler in 58:40, almost four minutes ahead of runner-up (and defending series co-champ) Helen Dinan of Whirlaway (results here).

Steph in control in Amherst. Courtesy of Scott Mason Photography.

The Whirlaway women were second, followed by NBB (Steph’s old team). With a quick analysis you can see that Steph’s move to a new team really impacted the standings in this first meet of the series. Score her for NBB and that team takes the title while Team RUN slides down the list. It’s a move that didn’t get as much attention as, say, Ruben Sança going from GBTC to Whirlaway, but it’ll have just as much of an impact on the standings (if not more).

Here’s a quick Q&A with the USATF-NE 2013 10 Mile Champion:

How did it go and what did you think of the conditions?

This was my first time running the race. It is a very difficult and challenging course. The hill around three miles didn’t bother me as much as the dirt road. I struggled on that portion quite a lot. With the weather it became very muddy and I couldn’t get going on it. So that was frustrating. I finally was able to run steady once we hit pavement again, and was starting to pick up momentum until the last mile, which was uphill and difficult. This set me back a little again. Overall it was a good hard effort, and although I would have liked to run a lot quicker I was happy enough with the win and result considering the conditions. The race was very well organized and I am sure they were pleased that the race went off at all with the predicted weather.

More domination, this time captured by Krissy Kozlosky.

More domination, this time captured by Krissy Kozlosky.

Last year you raced for New Balance Boston (NBB) and now RUN. You mentioned something about a new team (in a Facebook post), but could you elaborate on that? Is it the first women’s team for RUN or is this separate from the men’s team that has been competing on the circuit?

Yes I am now running for Team RUN again. I ran for them before I switched to NBB a few years ago, and decided to go back. It isn’t really a new team. There has always been a women’s team version but we have never really been able to get teams out for all the series races in the past. After I decided to go back to Mark and RUN we decided to get a team together and make it good. We had a nice opener. It is very early stages though, but we are excited and looking forward to the rest of the grand prix series races.

Is your focus still on the track? So far you’ve won a 16 and a 10 miler on the roads this year.

My focus this winter is more about putting in the best base I have ever been able to do, and get really strong, and see where it gets me. I hope it translates into fast times and PRs on the roads and track this spring and summer. I am planning on doing a lot of the grand prix series this year provided all goes well. I like having a good goal and challenge, and this is something different for me. The last few years have been really focused on track championships.

In the masters race, Christin Doneski won with a 65:32 and led her fellow Whirlaway teammates to victory as well.

Christin in action later in the race, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Christin in action later in the race, courtesy of Krissy Kozlosky.

Be sure to also check out the amazing race photography from both Scott Mason Photography and Krissy Kozlosky.

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