Aubrey Sanders sets impressive pace to win Star Fall 15

Dave Kearsey
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Annette Thibeau after crossing the finish line. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Terra Hynes at the finish line. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Some spectators at the finish line. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Carl Barrett. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Tom Knight nears the finish line. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Rob Ryan. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Noah Hynes, Syndey Hynes, Jacob Drover and Nicolas Drover took part in the kids smaller untimed race to end of West Street and back during the Star Fall 15K Sunday. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Racers off the start line heading down West Street. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Racers are off. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Mervyn Dean gives course layout instructions for the race. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Preparing near the start line. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

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Darren Kaulback. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Terra Hynes wins women’s title

CORNER BROOK  Aubrey Sanders raised his arms in the air and a big smile came across his face when he realized the blistering pace he maintained at The Star Fall 15K.

The Corner Brook native broke the one-hour mark Sunday at The Western Star Fall 15K with a final clocking of 59 minutes and 38 seconds to win the 15-kilometre road race organized by the Corner Brook Running Club.

“I’ll take it ... that’s good,” Sanders said with his arms raised when he looked at his official time.

Sanders was in control of his own destiny from the start with Darren Kaulback of Cole Harbour, N.S., who moved to Corner Brook six weeks ago, his only threat on the course and finishing in second spot with a time of 1:01:34.8, while Tom Knight of Corner Brook nabbed third spot when he crossed the finish line in 1:03:28.2 and Carl Barrett was fourth with a time of 1:04:20.8.

Sanders, one of 32 participants in the 15-kilometre road race, had battled neck-and-neck with Kaulback at the CBRC’s National Shoe Trail 10K earlier this year with Sanders finishing in second place and Kaulback not far behind his tail in time for third. Lee Churchill was the winner of the race.

“A lot of  runners have benchmarks they try to achieve and that four-minute-per-kilometre is a little good marker. So for me to come in under an hour I’m really pleased,” Sanders said after the race.

Sanders, who thought the race route was perfect with very little in the way of hilly sections, thought conditions were ideal for Sunday’s race with light rain and little in the way of wind.

“This course is almost no hills so when you come back you almost have a downhill from the Man in the Mountain so you get two kilometres of very gradual downhill and it makes the runner a little more confident and a faster pace going when you’re tired,” he said.

Of course, Mother Nature was his best friend on race day.

“Last year was quite humid and windy but this year it was almost no wind and a little sprinkle (of rain) to keep you cool so was it ideal conditions,” he said.

Terra Hynes continues to be one of the driven female athletes in the Corner Brook area, setting a personal best time of 1:10:48.3 to claim top spot for female runners and ninth place overall in a field of 32 runners from various age groups, who cheered and supported the four youngsters who showed up for the children’s race with a sparse crowd watching the runners test their mettle.

Hynes said she woke on race day feeling like she was going to have a great day and that’s exactly what unfolded. She was showing no signs of being any worse for wear when she sprinted to the finish line, and felt she had just turned in the best performance she ever had in a 15-kilometre race and the best she’s felt all running season.

“Running is so weird sometimes because you feel so differently every time you actually do a race,” she said. “I’m pretty sure I speak for all runners to say that some days you have a good race and some other days it’s not so good but I think that’s just the way running goes sometimes.”

She has battled through her share of quirks and pains with the pounding of the body over the summer so it was nice to cross the finish line and feel really good afterwards.

“I’ve been battling some tightness in my quads and calfs and stuff, not finding it so much when I am running but afterwards so I can say that today I felt really, really good,” she said. “I feel great that now that it’s over. I felt good all the way through and it was a personal best for me, so it’s all good.”

Michelle O’Reilly was the second female to cross the finish line, the timer showing 1:14:03.1, was good enough for 11th place overall, while Nancy Acreman (1:14:11.3) was 12th overall to round out the top three female runners. Karen Rashleigh (1:18:34.1) and Annette Thibeau (1:19:04.4) were among the top five on the female side.

Hynes was nowhere to be seen only a few minutes after being greeted by family and fellow runners offering congrats on a fine race when the Star went looking for her to talk about the race. She wasn’t to be seen because she had decided to go back out on the course with a couple of other women to support Arlene Curtis — a Corner Brook woman participating in her first 15-kilometre road race.

Curtis was exhausted and feeling ill when she crossed the finish line. But, she was proud of getting there despite how hard it was. She posted a time of 1:34:44.4 for 30th spot and the smile on her face said she didn’t care about her time as long as she finished.

“Nauseous, but excellent. I feel excellent now,” Curtis said moments after the race.

Oh, and the tired woman was just so appreciative of the support she got struggling the last kilometre of the journey.

“I would never have done it and if they didn’t meet me along the way I don’t know if I would have crossed that finish line,” she said.

For a look at the overall results from The Western Star Fall 15 road race see today’s Scoreboard in The Western Star.

Organizations: Corner Brook Running Club, The Star

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Western Star, Cole Harbour

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