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April Race Results

St. Paddy’s Day 10-Mile Race  Freehold, NJ – April 17th 2013
Phil Coffin   1:16:50
Laura Messina 1:40:38


Building Tomorrows 5K – April 20th, 2013

We had some of the top finishers in this morning’s race in Brookdale Park:
6. Michael Gorman … 18:22 (1st Master)
9. Harold Porcher … 18:45
10. Fred King … 19:01
12. Jason Benous … 19:15
13. Tom Eaton … 19:25
Complete results at

We had a Masters division sweep!

Runapalooza/Half Marathon/Jersey Shore Five – April 20th, 2013:

The Jersey Shore Running Club has been hosting this event for the past 16 years, which typically includes a marathon and marathon relay as well. Due to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation,it was impossible to map out a marathon course that could also be done as a relay, so instead it included the usual half marathon and they turned the relay into a 5 mile team race..

It was one of the first running events of the weekend following the Boston bombings, making it to the Sunday Star Ledger the next day.It added the dedication to Boston to the Sandy tribute and urged everyone to wear blue and gold, drawing many runners who had just run Boston 5 days before..It was a glorious morning for a run, and the energy and exuberance over having captured one of the two bombers the day before was apparent.

“Essex Lightning” has competed in the relay “mixed masters” category for about the past 10 years, always placing in the top 4.This year was an especially meaningful year, following Boston, to finally win this category and come in first. Myself and repeat runners Aileen ORourke, Justine Krell, George Carlson, and newcomer/Clifton runner Camille Creary made up the team. We “partied hearty” after our victory at the McLoones in Asbury, and it was a wonderful day, again, more meaningful than ever, following the Boston events.

Lynne Mortimer

Miles for Matheny 5K Race  –  Peapack, NJ  –  April  21st, 2013

The Miles for Matheny 5K Race in Peapack is a keeper! It’s a mystery why more club members–or runners in general–don’t do this one. There was a total of 210 runners but there were 3 different bike rides beforehand plus a wheelchair walk following the 5K. In my 10 years of running competitively, this has to be one of the best organized races in the state. Easy to get to, via 287 and 206 (you park in a garage on the sprawling Pfizer campus), gorgeous rustic course with rolling hills, great post-race food including fruit, bagels (including a bagel-cutter, Nutella and peanut butter! Never saw that at a race before), hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers. I have to admit that I was apprehensive about doing this one when I read there were shuttle buses (I have had bad experiences with them) but the buses went back and forth constantly and it was a very short ride. Race fees go towards help both children and adults with disabilities with their medical needs.

Tom and I both placed 1st in our age groups. (Tom=26:16 Me: 27:19). We saw a few familiar faces there but no one else from Essex. This is definitely going on our calendar for next year!

Martta Rose Kelly


Running On Love 5K   –   April 21st, 2013

We had 4 people in the top 10 at today’s 5K race in Montclair.
2. Michael Gorman … 18:25  (1st Master)
3. Tom Eaton … 19:10  (2nd Master)
7. Randy Miller … 20:39 (4th Master)
9. Andrea Silk … 20.47 (2nd woman)


Running On Love Montclair


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Shamrock ‘n Run 5K – Rutherford, NJ  March 16th, 2013

Laura Barry 32:45
I had a great time running with my friend’s 8 year old son!


10k Road Relay – New Brunswick, NJ       February 24th, 2013

Laura Barry  53:30.90
A friend asked me to pair up with her to participate in this relay.  Each runner must run the big loop first, then the smaller loop second, before handing off the baton.  That is exactly 2.5k; each athlete runs two legs, making it a 5k total distance for each runner, and a 10k total distance for the team. The difficult part was pacing as you were only 2.5k at a time the first lap you didn’t want go out to fast and not be able to match or beat your time on your next 2.5k.  The waiting in between was the hard part, not to cool down too much to be able to get a kick at the end.

Super Sunday 4 Miler – Morristown, NJ  February 4th, 2013
Laura Barry – 35:56.28 PR by 4 min 27 sec!



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