MacDonald overall winner of Harvest Festival Road Race

Jason Simmonds
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KENSINGTON – Billy MacDonald has added some hardware from one of P.E.I.’s toughest road races to his collection.

The Cornwall native won his first Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning, completing the challenging 25-kilometre course in one hour 33 minutes 54 seconds (1:33:54).

“It’s always a lot of fun this race because of the hills, and it attracts probably some of the best Island runners,” said MacDonald. “Believe it or not, some of the top runners on the Island use this as a training run, so they’ll start in Kensington, run 25 kilometres to Stanchel and then run back, and they’ll still finish in the top 10. I wasn’t one of those people today, I just did the 25K and really happy with my run.”

Mike MacKinnon (1:35:03), Alex Bain (1:35:35), Aron Croken (1:37:48) and Scott Clark (1:39:25) rounded out the top-five overall finishers.

“Mike is an awesome runner,” said MacDonald, 27. “After 5K he said, ‘That’s enough for me, I’m going to turn this into a training run.

“Then probably at 20K he catches up to me again, and says, ‘I decided to start running again.’

“It just shows the talent of the Island runners, especially on the western end. Summerside has some great runners, people like Mike MacKinnon, Scott Clark, and I’m just happy to train and run hard with them.”

 

Fend off dog

MacKinnon had a scare as he had to fend off a dog that charged at him from a yard just past Kinkora.

“I heard Mike in the distance, and I thought he rolled his ankle because I heard a big yelp,” said MacDonald. “I heard afterwards it was a dog chasing him. He probably got a little closer to me after that!”

MacDonald said his goal was to just run his own race and listen to his body, noting he did not even wear a watch.

“I was listening to my own breath, I was looking at the squad cars in front of me pretending I was chasing them,” explained MacDonald, who works with the provincial government and part time with the military. “As I would try to get closer they would pull away, and I would keep pulling closer.

“I just kind of used my own judgment on how I was feeling, and that dictated my speed.”

MacDonald, who is still dealing with a touch of hip tendinitis, is glad to be running hard again after dealing with injuries in recent months.

“I’m just working through it,” he added. “Hopefully I can still train hard, and these hills aren’t good for it.

“I will take a couple of days to recover, and look forward to perhaps the Island Marathon in the fall.”

 

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Harvest Festival Road Race

 

KENSINGTON – Following are the complete results of the 25-kilometre Harvest Festival Road Race on Saturday morning:

1. Billy MacDonald, 1:33:54; 2. Mike MacKinnon, 1:35:03; 3. Alex Bain, 1:35:35; 4. Aron Croken, 1:37:48; 5. Scott Clark, 1:39:25; 6. Mike Peterson, 1:42:36; 7. Joanne Reid, 1:43:23; 8. Steven Baglole, 1:44:04; 9. John Brioux, 1:45:31; 10. Mike Gaudet, 1:47:34;

11. David Forsythe, 1:50:48; 12. Derek Hebb, 1:52:32; 13. Ken Taylor, 1:52:44; 14. Kerry Coolen, 1:54:29; 15. John Bowser, 1:55:20; 16. Paul Dalton, 1:56:32; 17. Helga MacNeill, 1:57; 39; 18. Allie Keedwell, 1:57:39; 19. Francis Fagan, 1:59:45; 20. Chris Murphy, 1:59:58;

21. Micheal Lopresti, 2:00:04; 22. Jennie Orr, 2:00:13; 23. Vincent Merriam, 2:00:13; 24. Blair McQuaid, 2:01;18; 25. Jocelyn Peterson, 2:01:50; 26. Michael Irvine, 2:02:38; 27. Peter Walker, 2:03:59; 28. Trerry Mills, 2:04:28; 29. Brenda Benson, 2:04:29; 30. Pam Power-McKenna, 2:04:46;

31. Tyler Heggie, 2:05:02; 32. Leanne Bessey, 2:05:12; 33. Scott Anderson, 2:05:17; 34. Alex Gaudet, 2:05:29; 35. Shawn Shea, 2:05:56; 36. Stephanie Bededik, 2:07:38; 37. Kipp Preston, 2:08.38; 38. Maureen Peters, 2:09:13; 39. Dave Perry, 2:09:24; 40. Bev Walsh,

“It’s always a lot of fun this race because of the hills, and it attracts probably some of the best Island runners. Believe it or not, some of the top runners on the Island use this as a training run so they’ll start in Kensington, run 25 kilometres to Stanchel and then run back, and they’ll still finish in the top 10. I wasn’t one of those people today, I just did the 25K and really happy with my run.” Billy MacDonald

2:11:59;

41. Stuart Lewis, 2:12:03; 42. Krista Colwill, 2:12:27; 43. Clarke Petty, 2:14:30; 44. Brooke Gregory, 2:15:17; 45. Jennifer Pizio-Perry, 2:15:20; 46. Peter Cudmore, 2:18:11; 47. Charlotte Gardiner, 2:18:11; 48. Wayne Gairns, 2:18:57; 49. Rebecca Gallant, 2:19:46; 50. Hugh Wright, 2:22:43;

51. Dianne Watts-Pye, 2:22:51; 52. Robyn MacDonald, 2:24:05; 53. Judy West, 2:26:07; 54. Jennifer Davison, 2:27:28; 55. Chantal Basque, 2:28:33; 56. Keith Lawlor, 2:28:33; 57. Carol-Ann Luddington, 2:28:51; 58. Perry Newman, 2:29:25; 59. Charlene Frizzell, 2:29:25; 60. Maureen Leard, 2:30:28;

61. Tracy Christopher, 2:31:05; 62. Bob Charlton, 2:32;10; 63. Sandra Gregory, 2:35:01; 64. Dorothy Gregory, 2:35:01; 65. Sarah Higgins, 2:35:06; 66. Tom Adams, 2:35:50; 67. Monica Higgins, 2:35:58; 68. Reta Holland, 2:37:01; 69. Tracey Brioux, 2:37:01; 70. Jeff Davison, 2:38:49;

71. Elaine Burkholder, 2:38:57; 72. Betty Gallant, 2:38:57; 73. Adrien Sherry, 2:39:24; 74. Kim Bailey, 2:40:38; 75. Tammy Gillis, 2:42:19; 76. Shannon Fitzpatrick, 2:43:45; 77. Clayton Coughlin, 2:44:26; 78. Jennifer Lake, 2:45:35; 79. Ronda Bellefontaine, 2:46:26; 80. Joanne Cooper, 2:47:54;

81. Marta Irvine, 2:48:35; 82. Jennifer Betournay, 2:55:46; 83. Scott Betournay, 2:55:47; 84. Louise Coughlin, 2:59:51; 85. Chris Arsenault, 3:20:31.

 

Awards

Harvest Festival Road Race awards:

Top overall runner – Billy MacDonald.

Top female runner – Joanne Reid.

Top 50-over runner – Scott Clark.

Most dedicated runner – Chris Arsenault.

 

 

Geographic location: Iceland, Cornwall, Kensington

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