MacLennan sets Masters record


SCOTSBURN — Dave MacLennan appears to have entered a running renaissance.

MacLennan, who recently turned 55, won the 55-59 Men’s Division of the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday in two hours, 39 minutes, 57 seconds.

He is also a world champion with the World Masters Championships Marathon and Canadian Masters Championships having been run in conjunction with the Toronto Marathon.

It’s the first time MacLennan has cracked two hours, 40 minutes in years. It’s also a new Canadian record in the division that eclipsed a 22-year Canadian record of 2:40.19 set by Herb Phillips in 1995.

“I had great training going into it, and I felt great the whole way,” he said, explaining his sub-2:40 result. “It’s pretty exciting to get under 2:40 again. Breaking a record that stood for nearly 25 years is a bonus.”

MacLennan said his plans focused on the Waterfront Marathon, while the other events were a coincidence.

“It happened to be the Canadian Masters and World Masters too,” he said.

The course was in downtown Toronto, starting on University Avenue and proceeding back and forth along the harbour front and ending on Bay Street.

He said it was windy and cool at the start of the race and the wind didn’t ease.

“Without the wind, it would have been excellent,” he said.

MacLennan’s win follows another marathon feat with Pictou County connections.

Emily Macdonald, who is from New Glasgow and currently resides in Victoria, B.C., finished the Chicago Marathon on October 7 in a chilly rain.

It was her 10th big city marathon. She has run two each in Toronto, New York City and Boston and one each in Seattle and San Francisco. She previously ran the Chicago Marathon in 2017.

Dave MacLennan is shown at left with Bryan Hipson, who won the Johnny Miles Marathon in 2017. MacLennan set an age group record with a 2:39:57 time at the Canadian and World Masters Marathon Championships last Sunday in Toronto. (File photo)