Mt.Cranmore Hill Run 08-7-2005
Blake, Bryan Win at Cranmore Hill Climb

by Paul Kirsch, race director < info@whitemountainmilers.com> www.whitemountainmilers.com

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photo: Courtesy of Dave Dunham

NORTH CONWAY, NH - The third time was a charm for Eric Blake. After a seventh place finish at the Vail 10Km Trail Championships on June 4 and a second place finish at the Northfield Mountain race on June 25, Blake, 26, of Plattsburgh, NY, won the 18th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb in a time of 1:03:46. The win secured him an automatic berth on the Teva U.S. Mountain Running Team which will head to Wellington New Zealand in September to represent the United States in the World Mountain Running Trophy Race.

Blake outlasted runner-up Paul Low, 31, of Amherst, MA and third place finisher Kevin Tilton, 23, of Conway, NH who finished in 1:06:05 and 1:07:31, respectively. All three runners came through the first lap of the 4.4Km grass and single track course in under 22 minutes. Each lap of the course featured a climb of 1107 feet in 2 kilometers, including a 1/2 Km section that reached grades of 20 percent or more. Blake will join Timothy Parr, 23, Gunnison, CO, Simon Gutierrez, 39, Alamosa, CO, Ryan Pauling, 29, Rochester, NY, Laura Haefeli, 37, Del Norte, CO, Chris Lundy, 34, Sausalito, CA and Anita Ortiz, 41, Eagle, CO on the 10-member open squad of six men and four women (junior squad includes three junior men and two junior women) who will compete in New Zealand on September 25.

Tilton was followed by fellow Central Mass Strider teammates Ben Nephew in 1:13:20 and Peter Maksimow who finished fifth in a time of 1:13:43. Nephew lived up to his reputation as aggressive descender as he moved into fourth place on the final descent including a finish that found him barely able to hold his balance in the last 100 meters. "I got my feet stuck in the washed out ditch on the trail near the end and it was all I could do to keep from breaking my leg," remarked Nephew after the race.

Local 19-year-old runner David Hunt of Fryeburg, ME, who could have run in the two-lap junior race, chose to continue and run a third lap, finishing seventh overall in a time of 1:14:01. He was also the top junior men's finisher. White Mountain Miler Hunt, who has had a very successful summer finishing in the top three in many local races, was pleased with his finish. "I felt kind of good after the second lap so I figured I may as well keep going," Hunt said afterwards. The first master's finisher in the men's race was David Audet of Concord, NH. The first senior male was Len Hall of Enfield, NH.

In the two lap women's race, Julie Bryan, 36 of Jackson, WY, came across the line in 51:29 for the win, followed by Central Mass Strider Kelli Lusk, 35, Amherst, MA in 53:03 and Kristin Hall of Arlington, MA in 59:58. Lusk was able to close in on Bryan on the second ascent but was unable to catch her on the downhill.

They were followed by local runners Dawn Heinrich of Wolfeboro NH and White Mountain Miler Mary Bates of Intervale NH in times of 1:02:14 and 1:04:28. Heinrich was also the first female master's finisher. The first senior women's finisher was Ginny Howe of North Conway.

In a fitting tribute to the benefactor of the race, 12-year-old Emily Leich of North Conway ran in the women's junior race, running the one lap junior women's course in an impressive time of 44:11. Leich was joined by her mother Martha Leich who ran in the women's open race. Emily's grandmother and Martha's mother was Gretchen B. Hatch, for whom the White Mountain Miler's Gretchen B. Hatch scholarship fund is named. The Cranmore race is a benefit for the scholarship fund, which has given out over $38,000 since its inception. The fund provides college scholarships to local high school students who are involved in the sport of running.

In addition to being a Teva U.S. Mountain Team qualifier, Cranmore was also part of three other race series including the six race USATF New England Mountain Running Circuit, The Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series of more than 100 races, and the Grand Tree Series consisting of more than 20 trail races in New England.

Over $1100 in gift certificates and prizes were awarded at the event provided by Eastern Mountain Sports, Teva, Trail Runner Magazine, Zeb's Village Store, and No More Stinky Feet Shoe Spray. Race sponsors included the White Mountain Milers, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Teva, Eastern Mountain Sports, Hannaford, No More Stinky Feet Shoe Spray, Shaw's, Trail Runner Magazine, Wal-Mart and Zeb's Village Store.

The race had 92 finishers including participants from 11 states and Canada. with the top finishers listed below.

18th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb
Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH
Open Men's Race, 13.2K   3321 feet elevation gain/descent
Place   First   Last     Time  Pace/Lap  CITY, ST        AGE  CLUB
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1   ERIC    BLAKE      63:46   21:15   Plattsburgh NY  26   CMS
2   PAUL    LOW        66:05   22:01   AMHERST, MA     31   CMS
3   KEVIN   TILTON     67:31   22:30   CONWAY, NH      23   CMS
4   BEN     NEPHEW     73:20   24:26   FOXBORO, MA     30   CMS
5   PETER   MAKSIMOW   73:43   24:34   SPRINGFIELD, MA 26   CMS
6   RYAN    PAULING    73:46   24:35   ROCHESTER, NY   29   GVH
7   DAVID   HUNT       74:01   24:40   FRYEBURG, ME    19   WMM
8   MARTIN  LADOUCEUR  78:39   26:13   MAGOG, QUEBEC   35
9   TIM     LIVINGSTON 80:49   26:56   CONWAY, NH      31   WMM
10  DAVID   AUDET      87:34   29:11   CONCORD, NH     40   NMC
11  DAN     DOHERTY    88:15   29:25   CTR CONWAY, NH  43   WMM
12  ROBERT  LOW        89:07   29:42   CAMBRIDGE, MA   29
13  PAUL    HUFNAGEL   89:17   29:45   BREWSTER, MA    43
14  MICHAEL ROBBERT    89:36   29:52   LITTLETON, CO   30
15  ANDY    HALL       89:44   29:54   ARLINGTON, MA   33
16  LEN     HALL       91:09   30:23   ENFIELD, NH     52 MMM
17  BOB     GILLIS     91:27   30:29   GLOUCESTER, MA  50 TM GLOUCESTER
18  KEN     CLARK      93:04   31:01   SOMERS, CT      42 SHEN STR
19  CHUCK   LANDRY     93:36   31:12   PLAINFIELD, NH  49 MMM
20  BOB     POIRIER    93:49   31:16   MINOT, ME       50 WMM
21  MIKE    LARACY     93:58   31:19   INTERVALE, NH   35 WMM
22  ROBERT  CHASEN     94:42   31:34   SOUTH WEYMOUTH, MA  50 Tri Valley Fronrunners
23  TOM     MENENDEZ   96:32   32:10   LEWISTON, ME    52
24  DENNIS  BRINKWORTH 97:09   32:23   BUFFALO, NY     44
25  JEFF    BROOKS     97:50   32:36   COLEBROOK, NH   35
26  RICK    MILLER     97:56   32:38   BARNSTEAD, NH   54
27  JEFF    GOULD      98:48   32:56   WESTMINSTER, MA 40 NMC
28  PETER   ORNI       99:40   33:13   ASHBURNHAM, MA  62 CMS
29  BEN     IBEY       100:36  33:32   CANAAN, NH      30
30  MARC    OHLSON     101:07  33:42   CONWAY, NH      51
31  RICHARD STOCKDALE  101:45  33:55   MASON, NH       54 MMM
32  GEOFF   BICKFORD   102:15  34:05   NY, NY          46
33  DAREN   LEVITT     102:27  34:09   JACKSON, NH     39 WMM
34  MICHAEL MELNIKOV   103:35  34:31   PLAINVILLE, MA  46 CSU
35  JEFF    NELSON     104:10  34:43   EVERGREEN, CO   37
36  FRANK   HOLMES     104:25  34:48   EATON, NH       58 WMM
37  DAVE    GEARY      105:04  35:01   GLOUCESTER, MA  39 TM GLOUCESTER
38  BOGIE   D          107:52  35:57   CHELMSFORD, MA  30 WHEELWORKS
39  THOMAS  PARKER     108:33  36:11   NASHUA, NH      39
40  PETER   VADALA     110:06  36:42   GLOUCESTER, MA  54 TM GLOUCESTER
41  BRENT   SITTERLY   111:03  37:01   AMHERST, MA     28
42  KEVIN   GILE       113:54  37:58   GORHAM, ME      47
43  VIN     RIVARD     114:11  38:03   LEOMINSTER, MA  59
44  MIKE    BUTLER     115:35  38:31   SPRINGFIELD, MA 32
45  ERIC    SMITH      115:58  38:39   WOODSTOCK, VT   45
46  MAURY   MCKINNEY   116:17  38:45   NORTH CONWAY, NH45 WMM
47  CASEY   CLARK      116:18  38:46   JACKSON, NJ     29
48  KEN     GOODIN     116:26  38:48   LOWELL, MA      50
49  DAVID   MCDERMOTT  118:00  39:20   FRYEBURG, ME    51 WMM
50  ROBERT  MESSINA    118:07  39:22   SOUTHBURY, CT   41
51  PAUL    GRANT      119:11  39:43   CARVER, MA      57 CSU
52  DOUGLAS CUMMINGS   119:56  39:58   LONGMEADOW, MA  43
53  TONY    FEDERER    121:03  40:21   KEARSARGE, NH   66 WMM
54  ELDON   BURKINSHAW 122:29  40:49   LONDONERRY, NH  66 GCS
55  DONALD  DAYTON     124:05  41:21   DARTMOUTH, MA   71 65+/GNBTC
56  WALTER  KUKLINSKI  124:14  41:24   PRINCETON, MA   56 WPI
57  MIKE    REIF       124:41  41:33   VICTOR, NH      56 GVH
58  RICH    LARACY     125:39  41:53   CONWAY, NH      36 WMM
59  ROGER   MARCOUX    125:45  41:55   BARTLETT, NH    53 WMM
60  PAWEL   DEBAKOWSKI 126:46  42:15   CONWAY, NH      24 WMM
61  JOSU    ROMN       127:00  42:20   CONCORD, NH     29
62  RAYMOND BOUTOTTE   130:16  43:25   PEPPERELL, MA   59
63  FRED    ROSS III   131:41  43:53   VERNON, VT      59 CSU
64  JOHN    LORING     132:19  44:06   JAMAICA PLN, MA 58
65  RICHARD MACDONALD  139:33  46:31   MILFORD, NH     55
66  CHRIS   GILL       144:10  48:03   GRAY, ME        49 WMM
67  JOHN    PARKER     144:42  48:14   HMPTN FLLS, NH  74
68  GEORGE  BOUDREAU   145:29  48:29   WARE, MA        36 CMS
69  PAUL    MCDERMOTT  145:53  48:37   FITCHBURG,MA    70 CMS/NMC


18th Annual Cranmore Hill Climb
Cranmore Mountain Resort, North Conway, NH
Junior Women's Race, 4.4K 1107 feet elevation gain/descent
Place   First   Last        Time  Pace/Lap  CITY, ST            AGE  CLUB
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1       EMILY   LEICH       44:11  44:11    NORTH CONWAY, NH    12   WMM

Open Women's Race, 8.8K   2214 feet elevation gain/descent
Place   First   Last        Time  Pace/Lap City, ST          Age CLUB
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1       JULIE   BRYAN       51:29  25:44  JACKSON HOLE, WY    36
2       KELLI   LUSK        53:03  26:31  AMHERST, MA         35 CMS
3       KRISTIN HALL        59:58  29:59  ARLINGTON, MA       37
4       DAWN    HEINRICH    62:14  31:07  WOLFEBORO, NH       43 MMM
5       MARY    BATES       64:28  32:14  INTERVALE, NH       39 WMM
6       FRAN    O'DONOGHUE  65:36  32:48  MIRROR LAKE, NH     42
7       RENEE   PETIPAS     66:25  33:12  GILFORD, NH         25
8       DONNA   SMYTH       68:07  34:03  VERNON, VT          45 CSU
9       CARLA   CHANDLER    68:39  34:19  PLAINFIELD, NH      40 MMM
10      KATHY   HURST       69:01  34:30  FITZWILLIAM, NH     35
11      MARTHA  LEICH       69:03  34:31  NORTH CONWAY, NH    48 WMM
12      FABIENNEPATTISON    69:58  34:59  NORTH CONWAY, NH    45 WMM
13      ALYCIA  CAVADI      73:08  36:34  NORTH CONWAY, NH    32
14      JEANNE  LAPIERRE    73:52  36:56  NORTH GRANBY, CT    49 EORC
15      KATE    NAPLES      75:46  37:53  EAST SANDWICH, MA   38
16      KRISTINEKENISON     75:49  37:54  CTR TUFTONBORO, NH  44 MMM
17      VIRGINIAHOWE        79:30  39:45  NORTH CONWAY, NH    50 WMM
18      SARAH   JENNINGS    79:49  39:54  NEWINGTON, CT       33
19      EMER    O'DONOGHUE  80:51  40:25  LEXINGTON, MA       43 SRR
20      LINDA   FISHER      85:53  42:56  HUDSON, MA          43
21      JAQUELINEKEITH      85:59  42:59  FRANKLIN, NH        55 NMC
22      HELEN   DUDLEY      91:53  45:56  MARLBOROUGH, MA     45 MCS
23      LAUREL  SHORTELL   105:13  52:36  NORTHAMPTON, MA     39 WMAC


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