MRC Club Runners Excel on Local Scene

MANCHESTER, Conn. — A number of outstanding performances have taken place so far this fall for Manchester Running Company club runners in distances from the 5k to the marathon.  Numerous personal-records (PR’s) have been established and the club members are gearing up for the Mayor’s Cup and the Manchester Road Race.

Carrie Corbett came off a great 10k PR in August at the Beach to Beacon 10k, crossing the line in 38:02 to place 5th in her age division. On Saturday (Oct. 9th) she ran the Hartford Half-Marathon in 1:27:56 to finish fourth in her age group!

Jake Gurzler has continued to be a force on the local running scene, earning a second-place finish at the Somers Great Escape 5k on September 18th as he crossed the line in just 15:45.  Gurzler followed that performance up with a third-place showing at the Cider Mill 5k in Tolland on Oct. 2nd in a time of 16:00.  (We are proud of Jake despite the fact that he continues to wear ridiculous looking yellow running shorts).

Ashley (Reichelt) Gurzler picked up a second-place finish in the women’s division of the Cider Mill 5k as she covered the course in 18:51, just 10 seconds off the women’s winner.  Patrick Byrne also made an appearance at the Cider Mill and grabbed 9th overall in a time of 17:34.

Matt Anderson and Kevin Beals toed the line at the Bolton Run to Read 5k and dominated the field taking first and second, respectively.  Anderson was clocked in 17:50 while Beals ran 18:02.  Friend of MRC, Matt Conyers also ran the ING Hartford Marathon on Oct. 9th and finished just over 3:15:00.

Father-Son combination Alan and Mike McCall competed in the Adirondack Marathon Distance Festival on Sept. 26th.  Team McCall repeated at second place for Men’s Relay Teams and was fourth overall. With a new exchange dividing the 26.2-mile course at exactly half-way this time, the father/son duo split the difference in beating their 2009 performance by eight minutes.

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