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MacLennan top ANS male athlete

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STELLARTON — Dave MacLennan is Athletics Nova Scotia’s 2018 male athlete of the year.

MacLennan earned the honour primarily on the strength of his record-breaking marathon run last fall when he became the men’s 55-59 Canadian marathon champion, having broken the Canadian record that had stood since 1995 with his 2:39.57 run in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 21.

He placed first out of 200 in his age category.

Although this marathon dovetailed with the World Championships, MacLennan didn’t know he needed to register for it as well when running the same race; he beat the named World Champion, a man from Australia who ran five minutes slower.

Although MacLennan turned 55 years old, only three men 40 or older are ranked ahead of him in the AC marathon 2018 rankings.

Earlier in 2018, running in the men’s 50-54 division, Dave MacLennan’s 10:05.27 in the 3,000-metre race at the Atlantic Championships in P.E.I. placed him third in the Canadian rankings for 2018.

His 4:35.63 in the 1,500-metre run in Stellarton on July 15 placed him fifth out of 18 in the Canadian rankings.

Indoors, his 4:38.05 in the 1,500 ranked him fourth out of 19 in Canada.

The men’s 50-54 division of the middle-distance runners in Canada is one of the strongest in the world with several athletes who recently on the podium or top five at either indoor or outdoor World Championships.