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July 27, 2002

The 11th Annual Lancaster Street Fair 5K Road Race takes place on Saturday, July 27. Registration is $15 and takes place at the Lancaster Lions Booth from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The race starts at 10:00 a.m. Timing is by Granite State Race Services. Awards go to the top three runners in
each age group. T-shirts go to the first 175 runners. A free kids quarter-mile fun run is held in conjunction with the race and starts at 11:15 a.m. down Main Street. Lots of great raffle prizes will be given away after the race. You must be present to win. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Weeks Medical Center Auxiliary. A pre-race pasta dinner will be held on Friday night, July 26,
beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Lancaster Motor Inn on Main St. (call 603-788-4921 for more information about the dinner or the special motel rate). Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, beverage, and dessert. The price is $7.00 for adults and $3.50 for kids under 12. After the pasta buffet on Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., world-renowned marathon coach Bill Squires will speak. Squires founded the Greater Boston Track Club where he coached many of America's best marathon runners. His runners included Bill Rodgers, Jack Fultz, Randy Thomas, Bobby Hodge, Dickie Mahoney, Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley, and Greg Meyer who won Boston in 1983 with a time of 2:09 even. Here's your chance to hear one of America's most famous running coaches. 

Four Milers traveled down to Concord on Saturday for the 35th Annual Bill Luti 5-Miler, a stop on the NH Grand Prix Circuit. Jim Rollins led the way for the Milers and finished 15th overall with a time
of 29:08, earning six points for the Miler team. Stephen Whitney of Center Ossipee, by way of age-graded results and his finish overall, earned the most points for the club with seven. Whitney finished 86th overall, second in his age, and with a time of 33:28. Barbara Robinson and Katja Fox both earned three points each. Robinson finished first in her age and 205th overall in a time of 41:08. Fox crossed the line in 36:43, finishing in 135th place overall. Another local finisher, Judi Lemaire of Wolfeboro ended the day in 162nd place and first in her age group with a time of 38:05. The four members of the White Mountain Milers earned the club 19 points for the day. The Granite State Racing
Team trounced all the clubs with 132 points. Earning four points for Granite State was John Chandler of Laconia who was 258th overall, 2nd in his age in a time of 47:10. John eats with the Milers but races with Granite State, the best team so far in the NH Grand Prix Series. The race drew 300 runners.

It was very difficult confirming results for the Mollyockett Day Classic on Saturday, July 20, in Bethel, Maine. Paul Letarte was the top local finisher with a time of 32:27, finishing 8th overall. Peter
Waitkun of North Conway was next in 33:51, 16th overall. Not far behind was his mother Linda Waitkun. Linda took first in her age group, 34th overall with a time of 37:17. Miler John Howe finished 2nd in his age group, 52nd overall with a time of 40:26. Milers Dawn and Bob Hunt of Fryeburg also ran the race. Dawn had this to say: "It was a nice day for running, but everyone's time from last year was slower for some reason.  We were trying to figure it out, and the only thing we can come up with
is the construction they had on the downside of the monster Paradise Hill. Actually I call it the hill from hell. They are putting in a sewer line and the road was a bit torn up. Bob did 34:18 and I did 40:18 which was good for 2nd in my age. I battled against two, 22 year-old ladies for the last two miles; we all finished together with one second between us. Actually I passed them on the monster. They whizzed by me in a rear attack the last 200m, never heard them coming. There were a lot of 40 year-olds (our division). Bob was 8th in his age group, around 20th place overall. This was our first race of the season." I had many problems with the results loading at Cool Running. I suspect more Milers
and local runners and walkers were there; I hope to have more complete results for you next time. Thank you to Bob Parrish and Dawn Hunt for providing these results.

Tim Livingston is sharpening his speed for Lancaster on Saturday.  He recently finished 7th overall in 16:14 at the Exeter Hospital 5K on July 20. On July 13, at the Portsmouth Harbour Trail 5K, he posted a time of 16:23 and a 6th place finish overall. Finishing one-two in that race were Dan Verrington and Dave Dunham. Also testing the waters before Lancaster at Portsmouth was John Renda who crossed the line in 30:01, 274th place overall out of 341 finishers. John race-walked the course
while most people ran, a very respectable place and time for John.

Intervale's Mary Meehan-Bates had a strong showing at the Yarmouth Clam Festival 5-Mile Classic on July 20. Mary finished 103rd overall, 9th in her age with a time of 32:58.

I left out some very important results for the 4 On the 4th in Bridgton. Tim Livingston (13th, 22:08) and Kevin Tilton (14th, 22:22) finished in the elite top twenty men. Equaling that feat were Mary
Meehan-Bates (7th, 26:37) and Andrea Masters (17th, 29:09) in the elite top twenty women. Finishing in the top ten in their age groups were:  Chelsea Tryder (3rd, 30:57), Carly Trumann (5th, 32:18), Sean Strader (1st, 24:04) Christian Newbold (7th, 21:56), Mary Meehan-Bates (4th), Andrea Masters (8th), Steve Boom Boom Bamsey (4th, 25:52), Diane Betz (9th, 34:35), Judy Reilly (3rd, 34:06), Diane Headphones Bilotta (6th, 42:40), Billy Reilly, (2nd, 24:34), Kevin MacDonald (4th, 26:52), Joe
Fay (7th, 29:07), Ken Rokes (8th, 29:24), George Ryan (10th, 30:57), Nancy Miller (3rd, 37:21), Rosemary Good, (9th, 47:25), Karen McCarthy, (8th, 1:12:27), and Paul Alpert (4th, 38:15). Barbara Robinson was the shinning star for the Milers taking first place in her age group with a time of 35:06, over 25 minutes ahead of her nearest competitor. Finally, Gentleman Jim Berry and Carlton Mendell both placed in the 75 and over age group. Carlton was 2nd in 44:10 and Jim was 4th in 55:05.
Congratulations to all our finishers in the races mentioned above. 

Upcoming races include the 5th Annual Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race on Saturday, August 3. 

Until next week, I hope to see you, on the run.