Manchester Road Race

Debbie and I ran the 71st Manchester Road Race on Thanksgiving Day, which is a long standing tradition for both of us. I have done the 4.748 race at least 16 times. We were joined by a bunch of family and friends, and 10,000+ other people. We had fabulous weather. It was actually too warm. I ran 27:49, a bit off my best time. Debbie had a good race and ran 32:25. I faded between miles 3 and 4. Both of the men’s and women’s fields were stacked with elite runners. After last years brutally wet and cold conditions, the bright sunshine was welcome today. The results were posted yesterday.

My run:

We saw Frank Shorter again and a bunch of our friends, at the pre-race pasta dinner on Wednesday night.

Honorary Race Chairman, Frank Shorter spoke at the pasta dinner.

The best thing about running Manchester is the tradition. When you go back every year and see everyone, you get goose bumps. Today was one of those great days. There were thousands of spectators lining the course.

Race winner, Andrew Letherby, talks at the pre-race pasta dinner.

Mary Cullen was 2nd for the 3rd year in a row.

Shenipsit Striders, Willi Friedrich and Tom Curtis, with Frank Shorter.

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