What a day at the 2019 H+P Trackfest! We had our most participants ever, a number of PBs and career bests, and a few event records too. Here are some of the highlights!
Top finisher in the women’s 5000m was Vicky Siemon with a time of 18:02 followed by our masters all-star Robyn Collins in 19:01. Coach Sean was the first to cross the line in 16:25.
Huge congrats to Steve Tremblay, Bryan Maier, Ken Cooper, Bruce Grant, Tyler Dalton and Ola for posting personal bests!
What a battle it was in the 3000m! Jon Redfearn was our top finisher with a time of 9:24 with Graham and James both finishing under the 10-minute barrier for 2nd and 3rd OA. Kayla and Janice were the top female finisher in 12:38! The results were laced with PB and career bests- check out the full results.
What an absolutely epic battle it was in the mile! James led the entire way with Nick hanging on for dear life. With ~ 5 metres to go, Nick was just able to slide in ahead of James with less than a 1s buffer. Dave threw down a very solid 5:33 while Kayla and Janice both ran 6:33.
The 800m saw an epic battle once again, this time between Alex and Dylan. With both athletes running on tired legs after the 5000m, this turned into a tactical race with Alex coming out on top with a time of 2:17. Amanda was the top woman, also on tired legs after her 5000m, with a time of 2:52.
What an absolute EPIC battle the elimination mile ended up being. 4 athletes were eliminated at the end of laps 1 and 2, and 3 athletes were eliminated at the end of lap 3. Added caveat: the athletes had to stay behind a slow moving marshal after laps 1 and 2 for 100m to bunch the group closer together.
Check out a quick video recap HERE.
Tactics definitely played a roll in this race! Graham Stonebridge has the fastest 5K PB in the group, but was still eliminated after 800m behind 8 other athletes. Coach Nick Burt has a faster 5K PB than 3 of the 4 final athletes, but was still unable to make up for a poor starting position during the 1200m kick. In the end, Coach Sean, Devon, Ian and David made it through to the end.
It was great seeing future H+P stars light it up as they hammer around the track for 200m! Many of them impressed by tackling the 800m as well (see above)!
A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors and supporters! First of all, a massive thanks to our timing and stats crew in Jeremy, Sam, Derek, Payton and Jenn!
Also a huge thanks to David Wulff photography for the great shots that you see in this post and all over our social media.
A massive thanks to Julie of RunWaterloo for her upcoming shots along with Lloyd and Jordan for help with race bibs and the timing clock!
Also a huge thanks to Saucony Canada for providing such great prizes.
And to Runners’ Choice Waterloo for the gear and continued support. Remember, we get 30% off Saucony gear at RC Waterloo every day of the week!
Thanks to My Next KW Home Group for the awesome food and drinks!
Also a HUGE thanks to Runner Robyn for the amazing post- Trackfest bash! Hard to go wrong with great food, swimming, bonfire and a relay race!
Stay tuned for more pictures and videos as they pop up on our social media. Thanks again for the great event team, see you next year!