PICTOU — It was a glorious day on Sunday, and an especially rewarding day for Luke MacDonald
The 15-year-old Pictou runner won the 10-K portion of the 2019 Run for the Lobster while posting a time of 36 minutes, 20 seconds. He recorded the time in the morning before his scheduled 3,000-metre race at noon on Sunday as part of the Nova Scotia-Nunavut Legion track and field meet in Stellarton.
He said he was somewhat surprised with the win, despite so many Run Nova Scotia runners absent from the Pictou race due to other commitments that included the track and field championships.
“It felt good to win and we had perfect conditions,” he said. “It’s a good course, but the hill at the end is challenging.”
MacDonald distinguished between his road racing and track racing and the ways it helps him.
“Track has helped me with my speed, but road racing helps me with my endurance,” he said. “Track was totally foreign to me until this year.”
MacDonald is a member of Pictou County Athletics and trains with the club three times a week.
“They really push me,” he said. “David MacLennan is my coach. He’s a terrific guy and an even better coach.”
MacDonald finished three minutes, 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Aaron Sellers of Pictou, whose time was 39:50. Matthew White of Dartmouth was third.
Hilary Rawding of Greenwood was fourth overall and top female finisher. Jessica Zentner of Woodburn was ninth overall and second female.
Among other local runners, Ryan Leil of New Glasgow was eighth, while Mac Murray of Pictou was 10th, Bill MacEachern of Lorne was 11th, Jim Lays of Westville was 12th and Abbey Shaw was 13th.
Graeme Allardice of Halifax was first in the five-kilometre distance in 17:16. Ian Holdway of Halifax was second and Jarvis Googoo of Kjipuktuk was third.
Bradley MacDougall of New Glasgow was 13th overall and top local finisher.
Jack MacNeil of Trenton was 20th, while Neil Cameron of Scotsburn was 21st, Christie Hammel of New Glasgow was 23rd and Tim MacNeil of Trenton was 24th.
The Run for the Lobster continues to be a popular event with more 300 finishers.
Sixty-one runners finished the 10-K race, while 240 entries completed the 5-K distance.
Abby MacDonald joins Luke MacDonald after finishing the Run for the Lobster. (Goodwin photo)