WESTVILLE – Younger runners set the pace on Monday during the 40th anniversary celebrations for the annual road races run in memory of Jimmie Hawboldt and Fred Lays.
Ryan Shaun MacDonald crossed the finish line while his watch showed an elapsed time of 29 minutes, 32 seconds.
“It was a good day,” MacDonald said
Times were not recorded for the non-competitive run, but Peter Corbin was second behind MacDonald, while Robert Bennett placed third slightly ahead of perennial one-mile and five-mile winner Dave MacLennan, who had the trophy he was awarded for so many years presented to him permanently.
MacLennan started well behind the pack of more than 50 runners at the starting line before passing all but the first three runners and helping Bennett finish the run in a personal best time.
“I just ran from the back and caught Ross and paced him in,” MacLennan said. “He was trying to beat his 36-minute time and finished in 31:44.”
The run was a turning point for Bill MacEachern, whose perennial appearances in the races was halted this year by health problems, and his wife Andrea MacEachern who helped organized the event for nearly 30 years.
“I have mixed feelings,” Bill said. “I wanted to be there so much but I have to see what my health will be like. It was fabulous to be here when I look back to the guys I know and new ones running here after 40 years. It has given me a lot of joy in my life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.”
Andrea MacEachern said it was a good time to hand off her work with the race to others.
“It’s a crossroads,” she said. “This has been really near and dear to our hearts. It’s hard to let go but it’s the right time and it’s good to say we brought it through 40 years.”
Cheryl Lays, centre left, presented special awards in memory of her husband, Fred Lays for desire, determination and dedication to the sport of running to Doug Chisholm, far left, and Andrea MacEachern, centre right. Dave MacLennan, far right, was permanently presented with the five-mile trophy. (Goodwin photo)