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Posted On: 10/18/2016

Past Champs Pack Punch at Pub Series Finale
Newton North HS coach Shawn Wallace and past Pub starlet Kara Haas had both won at Paddy's before, Wallace in 2009 and Haas in 2005 when she carried two empty Wachusett Brewery 12-pack cases across the finish line.

(Photo: Pub Series defending champion TJ Unger, Shawn Wallace and CSU's Patrick Bugbee, by MickFoto/NERunner)


Present day Haas could have carried her two daughters to the finish but left that to hubby Mike (1st baby stroller) as she blitzed the women's field at sub-6 pace to finish in 17:46 to claim her second Pub Series tiara.


The BAA's Amanda Watters copped 2nd overall (and in the Series) in 18:19 with BAA teammate Kristin Shaw breaking a tie with HFC's Sarah Barrett to place 3rd in the Series with Barrett 4th and HFC teammate Christine Howe placing 1 point ahead of Whirlaway's Katrina Martyn for 5th.


This is a nice segueway to the men's race as Katrina's dad, Doug, had an exceptional race to place 9th here in 16:36. Also, with SRR's Chris Smith—the 50+ divisional leader— and CSU's Terry McNatt (3rd behind Martyn) surprising no shows, Martyn takes over as numero uno at Series end among Seniors.


While defending Pub Series champion TJ Unger of HFC ran 2nd here in 15:17 (to Wallace's 15:04) to retain his Pub Series title, there was a big shakeup among the Top-5. CSU's Patrick Bugbee (2 points behind Unger after the Finish For A Guinness fiasco) placed 5th here in 16:03 to finish as Series runner-up - but then - HFC's Andrew Holmes was spotted running the race course before the race.
(Photo: Ken Warren and Kristin Shaw, MickFoto/NERunner)


Holmes was holding down 3rd in the Series but had to split for his grandson's christening before the race start. With CSU's Kevin Delaney having a solid run and 40+ leader Joe O'Leary of SRR having a less than prime time performance (and with the absence of Holmes scoring any points) the pair have tied for 4th.


The poetic justice here is that both are in their 40s and bump up into the top-5 money positions, meaning Macdara Nash—who turned 50 midway through the series—is now the bronze medalist Master behind HFC's Tom Vossen and top 40+ ace Mike McGrane of the BAA.


Well, it was a great finale on a sunsplashed day (with a few Series twists) to close out NER Pub Series XIV. Can you believe next year is XX?


An announcement will come via our free enewsletter and website about the Awards Night celebration at Doyle's. We always shoot for the 1st Thursday in Dec. For all the award winners this is where we dole out cash, and for those who have done 6 races, jackets. We receive the shoe certificates (for those who've done 5 races) the night of the awards and then mail those out.


So thanks for a great series, stay warm and keep moving, we'll see you soon.
(Photo: Dave Pember, Marge Bellisle and Denny LeBlanc)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:20:52 PM by Anonymous
Holmes has grandkids?
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 8:13:58 PM by Anonymous
Hey Fitzy! Review those Roman numerals! Or will we all add 6yrs to our age for the next Paddy's
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 1:47:38 PM by The Goose
I agree with Anonymous on both comments. Great series! See you in Dec.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 5:15:08 PM by R. Fitz
Ha-ha, the fog has lifted, partially. Andrew is a godparent. This was the 19th year of the Pub Series, i.e. XIX, next year is the 20th - XX - Women's open results have been updated.
Friday, October 21, 2016 5:31:21 PM by william pine
Not a mention of John Barbour's great run?

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