MRC Caps 2014 With 1-2-3 Showing in Norfolk

On a cold, raw Saturday (Dec. 21st) the Manchester Running Company club members took to the streets of bustling Norfolk, Conn. and came home with a 1-2-3 overall showing at the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler.

If you are looking for low-key, hilly races in remote, albeit scenic, places, the Norfolk Pub 10-Miler might just be the race for you. A very challenging course containing constant hills was in store along with chilly temperatures. The course wasn’t closed to traffic but in 70 minutes of running, we saw one car pass us.

The gun went off and Brian Nelson, Matt Maynes, Ryan Miller and an unidentified runner went to the front. The foursome stayed in tact through 4 miles before separating a bit for the remainder of the race. An enormous, mile-long hill at mile 7 separated the pack even further, but Nelson, Maynes, and Miller remained in 2-3-4 positions. Not too far back was Joe Hallisey, Patrick Byrne, Greg Tutolo and Mark McCarty.

The leader (whose name we did not get) approached mile 8 and was then bit by a loose dog; he had about a 15 second lead on Nelson at this point and most likely would have won. Attempting to help Nelson was a little torn as what to do, so he stopped for a few moments with the injured runner before getting help from a local. [The runner turned out to be okay, just bruised and bloody in and around the unmentionable parts – we are not kidding].

Nelson would then continue on to take the win in 1:01:08 followed by Maynes who made up some ground during the biting incident to finish in 1:01:21. Ryan Miller came through to complete the sweep in a time of 1:02:48. Hallisey was 13th in 1:07:58, Byrne was 16th in 1:09:29, Tutolo was not far behind in 1:11:39 (24th) and McCarty completed his 2014 campaign with a 51st place showing in 1:19:25.

We look forward to many more races and reports in 2015! Have a Happy New Year!

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