In 40th anniversary run Saturday morning
KENSINGTON – Calvin DesRoches of Northam and Joanne Reid of Stanley Bridge were the top male and female runners in the 40th annual Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning.
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Joanne Reid and Calvin DesRoches reach the 10-kilometre mark of the 40th anniversary Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning. DesRoches was the overall winner of the 25K race in one hour 42 minutes 43 seconds (1:42:43) while Reid (1:44:44), who was third overall, won her second straight female title.
DesRoches, who won the 27th annual race in 2000, was the overall race winner with a time of one hour 42 minutes 43 seconds (1:42:43).
Edwin Gillis was second overall in 1:44:44, and Reid was third overall in 1:44:53.
It marked the second straight year Reid won the women’s division and finished third overall to equal the highest-ever finish for a female runner in the race's history.
A total of 74 runners registered for the anniversary run, which started at the old Church of Scotland in Stanchel and finished in front of Community Gardens. One runner did not finish.
Stanhope’s Ewen Stewart, who ran in a record 19 Harvest Festival races, and Reg Murphy of Kensington were the official starters of the race. Murphy ran in the first-ever race in 1974.
A large contingent of supporters was on hand to greet the runners at the finish line.
See complete coverage of the race in Monday’s Journal Pioneer.