Phil Roach Eats Up Tim Hortons
October 13, 2002
The Valley Harvest Marathon in Kentville, Nova Scotia, is
destined to become a permanent fixture for Wanderer runners
because the race is sponsored by the Canadian doughnut chain
|Phil, right, looking good at mile 14.
|Phil gets a victory hug from proud daughter
Phil Roach, a Halifax resident who performed so capably at
the Cabot Trail Relay this past spring, represented the Wanderers
at the October 13 race and filed the following race report:
What a great weekend. Thanksgiving here in Canada last
Sunday and running a marathon really drove home the point!
Stunning day, about 5 or 6 Celsius at the start -- warmed
up to 15 by finish time. Spectacular sunshine with a few cloudy
spells. Tims (Hortons) was actually the title sponsor.
The course took us into the middle of nowhere before
returning us to small-town Nova Scotia. Some parts of the
countryside looked more New England than New England, especially
at one point where the road was flanked with old oaks that
touched overhead. A graveyard ran besides with very old stones.
I think you would have liked it.
As far as the race, Victor Hickey of New Brunswick
won the mens open in 2:42:22, with Cynthia Moulin of
Halifax taking the womens open in 3:12:19. I was closing
on them but ran out of real estate finishing in 4:28:31. I
was very happy with how I felt and I think Ill go under
4 next time. I ran with three other guys including my brother-in-law
and training buddies until the last couple of miles -- one
of my training partners was having some difficulty after mile
21 and I was starting to get some calf cramping too.
220 runners competed in the marathon with another 550 participating
in the half marathon.
|Phil, right, hits finish line without breaking
|The real star of the show was, of course,
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