Haddonfield, NJ; Washington, DC
Due to inclement weather, the Adrenaline 5k was delayed this year by two weeks. But that didn’t prevent a host of fast runners from taking to the line on the revised date. The man to beat on this day was assuredly going to be Kiwi Adrian Blincoe (New Balance). But with plenty of fast runners from PRTC and host team Haddonfield Running Company, the top places and team titles were still up in the air.
Though the morning started off sunny, the sky seemed to become gray and the temperature dropped a while before the starting horn. As the men ran up Kings Highway through the main thorofare of Haddonfield, the pace lagged, as the pack was cagey and people were looking at each other for a move. The first mile was covered in a pedestrian 4:52. This did not bode well for fast times, as the second mile holds several sharp turns and a short hill. Haverford grad Greg Bielecki was the first to increase the tempo, looking to make the second half of the race honest. But about a quarter mile later, Blincoe shot to the front to put his stamp on the race. Now it seemed, the real race was on. PRTC’s guys and Haddonfield Running Co.’s (mostly Haverford alumni) men were looking to sort out the top places.
Blincoe was pursued by Ted, Ross, and Fennelly, along with Bobby Cannon, Greg Bielecki, and Grant Scott. As the field climbed the hill late in mile 2, and the men made their way back on to the main drag, the order was often being shuffled. Ross and Bobby Cannon made a strong move with approximately 1000m to go, as Ted was fighting to finish in the money with Fennelly, Scott, and Bielecki. In the end, PRTC would put its four men among the top eight spots to lock the team title.
“My legs felt like lead,” Ross said afterwards. But this is not surprising, as Ross is preparing for the B.A.A. Marathon to be run in two week’s time. And this performance showed that while his legs may “feel” like lead, his speed is right where it needs to be. This was also a nice return to racing for Fennelly, who hasn’t raced since last Spring.
Speaking of nice returns to form, Michelle showed unbelievable strength coming off her stress reaction, which found her wearing a boot for the better part of a month. Michelle was diligent about cross training in this time, particularly swimming. And the work paid off. Michelle pulled off a strong win, missing her PR by a mere two seconds! “I am happy. Since it was my first race, I didn’t know whether to expect to run 16 minutes or 19 minutes, so that was a good race,” Michelle noted. And the PR’s didn’t stop there. Abby Dean was simply the most recent testament to the benefits of team support and training, as she scored a 10 second PR for 5k! That is a great sign for a girl who has been running the longer races for a long time now! With such strong performances by the girls individually, PRTC locked the women’s team title as well!
All in all, the Adrenaline 5k (now in its 10th year – the first eight years were called the Bancroft 5k) was another great race, with fast runners, and supportive crowd, scenic course, and great prizes! Thanks to race director Dave Welsh for doing a fine job, despite the curveball the weather threw on St. Patrick’s Day.
For even more good news, the PRs were not just confined to Saturday either, as Bart scored a solid time at the very big Credit Union Ten Mile Road Race in Washington, D.C. In an extremely deep international field, Bart finished 31st overall in a PR 52:24! On Sunday morning, Bart found the same weather conditions the team found the day before. It was cool and overcast, which made for excellent weather for a ten miler. Bart explained his performance, stating that he thought he “ran a smart race. After a conservative 5:07 first mile, I tried to keep a steady pace. Many of my miles were in the low 5 – teens, except for one mile, which had significant hill. I felt like I was fit enough to be able to work hard. I would run up to guys, regroup my energy and catch my breath, then push on.”
Having endured minimal training during the late Winter, Bart’s performance showed that his overall ability is still improving by leaps and bounds. Stay tuned, as we are finally ready for outdoor track! Pat Ward will be running the 10,000m and Ted Callinan will be running the 5,000m at Princeton on Good Friday! We’ll be sure to let you know how they race!