· Both women and men impress at the Broad Street Run
· Charlie crushes the 10,000m at Penn Relays
· Summer racing schedule (June, July, August, September) to be announced next week
· NEW GROUP RUN: Wednesday mornings @ 6:30am at South Street Bridget
· If you own an Optech jacket, it’s at my house
Charlie Sets a PR in the 10,000m
Distance Night at Franklin field did not disappoint in its delivery of springtime weather, with a wet, windy 45-degree evening greeting our 3 runners competing in the events and many runners cheering them on Thursday evening. Jamie was the first to race, a distance of 5000m which got off to an eventful start with a woman falling in the first 20 meters and a false start announced shortly thereafter. After the second start, Jamie hit her first 5 laps exactly on goal pace, though far behind the remainder of the field. Unable to reconnect with the front of the field, she finished well slow of expectations in 17:51. Kevin ran next, also in the 5,000m. Kevin positioned himself right in the fray through the first mile and change, but slowly fell back through the later laps of the race, finishing in 15:18. However, both would have a shot at redemption two and a half days later (redemption mission accomplished, but more on that later).
Charlie was next up to compete in the last contested event on Thursday evening. In a race that began just minutes before midnight, Charlie ran a perfectly paced race and set a lifetime PR in 30:21. This marks the fastest 10,000m recorded since the club has re-established itself in recent years. The performance was a fantastic way to end the evening and kick-start the club into Sunday’s Broad Street Run.
The Women’s Team Has Officially Arrived
The men continued their impressive streak at placing well at the Broad Street run. Kevin and Geraint led the charge coming in 11th and 15th place, respectively. This marks the second year in a row that Geraint (8th in 2015) and Kevin (10th in 2015) were the top-2 PRTC finishers. Although this year was run under slightly different circumstances for the two (Kevin raced two and a half days earlier at Penn and Geraint’s Boston Marathon this year took a significantly greater toll on the body).
Next up was Pat finishing in 22nd place. Top-25 finishes have become routine for him each year at this race. About a minute behind Pat was a sea of 7 red singlets; all finishing within 50 seconds of each other (Chris, Joe, Jack, Evan, Lucas, Mike and Tim – great job!). Skip, Sam, Jason (at the age of 44 and coming off Boston he ran faster than he did for as far back as I can tell [pre-2012]) and Nabil (sub-70!) completed the men’s finishers.
For as good of a race the men’s team was, the women’s team may have one-upped them. From the early season racing, it’s been clear that the women have been racing at a high level. But Broad Street put the stamp on the envelope. Jessica and Margaret took charge early on, with a blazing (approximately) 5:40 first mile out of the northernmost bits of Philadelphia. Meghan, Jamie, and Catherine followed shortly in pursuit, with Sharon and Aliyah rounding out the group. Jessica pushed through to the end, wrecking the field and herself in the process, for a stunning 5th place finish and a smoking time of 58:12. Margaret kept after it and finished in another impressive feat of 59:07, followed shortly by Meghan (59:49) and Jamie (60:08), who worked together for a majority of the race prior to moves being made around City Hall. Catherine, like Meghan, short on the heels of Boston, rounded out our women’s top 30 results in a quick 1:01:21. Bethany had a huge PR of 1:02:52, and was all smiles at the finish line. Sharon and Nabil worked together for big chunk of the race, with Sharon finishing in a PR time of 1:04:17. Aliah, looking ever-fitter as the spring progresses, snuck under 70 minutes with what she referred to as very limited training, looking forward to a summer of consistent training and continued progress! Nearly all if not all the women’s times were substantial personal bests, often by multiple minutes, showing the substantial benefit of consistent group workouts!
Just how good did the women’s club perform? Consider the “scoring” of the top-5 PRTC women from 2016 compared to how the stacked men’s teams did in 2014 and 2015.
2014 Men: 12, 14, 20, 22 and 28 (96 total)
2015 Men: 8, 10, 15, 21 and 30 (84 total)
2016 Women: 5, 11, 15, 18 and 28 (72 total)
As for the Grand Prix standings, the team held their own scoring 421 points (tied for second with Greater Philadelphia TC and Pike Creek Valley Running Club). Athena took first with 425 points. This puts us in a virtual tie for the lead and great position to win the entire series by the end of the year. Congrats to Kevin, Jessica, Geraint, Margaret and Meghan for earning the top 5 age-graded/gender scores at Broad Street.
Overall Finishing times, for team and friends (and apologies if we missed you!)
Kevin Brandon 51:32, 11th
Geraint Davies 52:08, 15th (coming off Boston)
Pat McLaughlin: 53:01, 22nd
Chris Hendry 53:55, 29th
Joseph Binder 53:59, 31st
Jack Denison 54:00, 32nd
Evan Redos: 54:02, 33
Lucas Bryant 54:12, 36th
Michael Vido 54:26, 39th
Tim Rusterholz 54:46 44th
Skip Stiles 57:13 94th
Sam Ryan, 58:02, 116
Jason Vail: 1:00:21 (coming off Boston)
Nabil Dharsi 1:09:52 1125
Jessica Fragola 58:12 5th(!!!!)
Margaret Vido 59:07 11th
Meghan Bishop 59:49 15th (post Boston)
Jamie Morgenstern 1:00:08 18th
Abby Dean 1:00:36 22nd
Kinjal Parikh 1:01:11 27th
Catherine Campbell1:01:21 28th (post Boston)
Bethany Clark 1:02:52 44th
Kylie Pearse 1:03:00 45th
Sharon Warner 1:04:17 62nd
Aliah Molczan 1:09:37, 188th
Faye Hellman 1:12:10 (*Leading a limited sight runner)
MID-ATLANTIC GRAND PRIX
· Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K on June 4: Race captain Margaret Vido
ON THE TRACK
5/16 Tuppany Twilight Last Chance Meet at Swarthmore College*
*Qualifying standards are or may be required
Long run is back up and running on a normal schedule! Come to Lloyd Hall on Sunday at 8:30am .
Tuesday’s group workout will began at roughly 6:30pm at Lloyd Hall for the women and Franklin Field for the men. Attendance will likely be on the lower side as people recharge, but here is what the men are looking to do:
· Intervals – 5 x (400m @ 75-74; 90 sec rest; 200m @ 35-34; 60 sec rest)
NEW GROUP RUN: Wednesday Morning at 6:30am at the top of the ramp on the South Street Bridge. Have some company to log some easy miles the day after your workout.
Make sure to communicate on the new men’s and women’s track/workout based email sub-groups. The men have been meeting pretty regularly on Friday evenings.
Want company during other runs over the course of the week? Be sure to stay active on the new “easy run” email sub-group.
There were some people running other races outside of Penn Relays and Broad Street. In a totally abbreviated write-up, here they are:
Iain impresses and won a close battle in a 50 miler up in NY and Paul shit the bed in a half marathon over in Ohio.
Race results note: unfortunately, the email team isn’t that great at stalking the internet for results. So please send us your results or let us know when you are racing!
· The longest race you can run on hate is a 3,000m steeplechase. Separately, but on the same topic, the longest race you can generate hate from and rebound to run on that hate within a couple of days is a 5,000m. For example, you can race a 5,000m poorly on Friday and race a mile on Sunday on pure hate. However you cannot run a bad 10,000m on Friday and race another on pure hate on Sunday expecting to do well.