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Groton Town Forest Trail Races

W. Groton, MA, October 21, 2007

Race Report - 2007

by Paul Funch, RD

The 10th Annual Groton Town Forest Trail Races were held on October 21, 2007 amid peak fall foliage, cloudless skies, and temperatures in the low 70s. A record field of 229 runners came from all six New England States, Arkansas, and the UK to run in the 3.4-mile race and the 9.5-mile race.

The overall winner of the 9.5-mile race was Greg Hammett of Chesterfield, NH in a time of 58:44. Greg established a new record for the 30-39 age group with his time. The first female over the line was Vanessa Wood of Cambridge, MA, in a time of 1:13:53. Becky Glennie, 14, of Groton, MA became the first female in the 10-14 age group to complete the course and she did so in a very fine time of 1:31:32, placing her 96th overall out of 136 runners. Perhaps the performance of the day belongs to Stanley Dutton of Antrim, NH who smashed the menís 60-69 age group record by over 5 minutes, finishing in an impressive time of 1:13:24.

In the 3.4-mile race, Paul Young of Andover, MA led the field of 93 finishers in an excellent time of 22:09. Paulís time would have set an age group record if he had been 10 (30-39) or even 20 (20-29) years younger. Unfortunately for Paul, Richard Marion of Templeton, MA set an astonishing course record last year of 19:38 and he, too, was in the 40-49 age group! Emily Todd of Chesterfield, NH (whatís with Chesterfield, NH and all their fast runners?!) was the first female finisher in a time of 25:08. The only record to fall in the 3.4 mile race was in the female 50-59 age group and that was accomplished by Diane McElvery of Westborough, MA who took 51 seconds off the record with her time of 28:27.

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