NEW GLASGOW – Dave MacLennan is an 11-time Johnny Miles Marathon champion.
MacLennan won the annual event in a gun time of two hours, 54 minutes, 33 seconds and was the only marathoner to break three hours with windy, warm conditions.
He ran alone almost from the start, with no contenders from past years in the race.
“I was happy with it, considering the (warm) day,” he said.
James Jessome of Antigonish was second, while Colin Busby of Halifax was third and David Hood of Stellarton was fourth.
Walter Linthorne of Stellarton was 11th.
Petra Spires of Hubley, N.S. was top female finisher and 15th overall.
The marathon had a staggered start, with some opting to go early to avoid the heat. Betty Pound of Westville started at 6:30 a.m. instead of the official 8 a.m. starting time, and finished in just under five hours.
Antigonishers Donald Ramussen and Cliff Worden-Rogers finished 1-2 in the half marathon.
Scott Langille of New Glasgow was top local and eighth overall. Kim Scattolon of Glace Bay was first female and 12th overall.
Joe Pound of Westville was 16th, while Kristi Hammel of New Glasgow was 21st.
Warren Ferguson of Ottawa won the 10-K Classic in 37:11, while Ryan Shaun MacDonald of Green Hill was fourth in 39:09.
Paula James of Windsor, N.S. was top female finisher and seventh overall.
Ryan Washburn of New Glasgow was 14th, while Mac Murray of Pictou was 16th, Bradley MacDougall of New Glasgow was 20th and Breanna Sandluck of MacPherson’s Mills was 21st and top local female.
Pictou County runners took three of the top four places in the 5-K race.
Raymond Simpson of New Glasgow was first, while Peter Corbin of New Glasgow was second, Jodi Isenor of Stewiacke was third and Ethan MacDonald of New Glasgow was fourth.
Allie Sandluck was seventh and top female finisher, while Bailey Fraser of Merigomish was 11th and Conrad Robertson of New Glasgow was 12th.
Dave MacLennan crosses the finish line in less than three hours. (Goodwin photo)