Maritime Race Weekend: multiple course records broken

Newfoundland's David Freake smashed the half-marathon course record on Saturday after winning the Sunset 5K Friday evening

September 16th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , ,

Another Maritime Race Weekend went off without a hitch Friday evening and Saturday in Fisherman’s Cove, N.S., with many happy pirates gathering to test their summer training at two different 5Ks, a 10K and a half-marathon. And it was an extremely successful weekend for three individuals who broke course records in three out of the four races.

David Freake in the Sunset 5K at Maritime Race Weekend 2019. Photo: Bob MacEachern Photography

David Freake of St. John’s, Newfoundland won Saturday’s half-marathon, smashing seven minutes off Michel-Lucien Bergeron’s previous course record of 1:18:00 with his 1:11:14 finish, after also racing the Sunset 5K on Friday evening–which he also won, in 15:40 for a most successful “Tartan Twosome” (combining one of the 5Ks with Saturday’s half-marathon).

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Freake was enthusiastic about his Maritime Race Weekend experience: “The atmosphere around the weekend… is high energy, community-driven and super-inclusive. From having Celtic dancers, folk music playing the whole time, to the pirates jamboree party after the race. It was an unreal experience! The courses snake along the scenic Eastern Passage coastline and the kilometres just fly by as you find yourself admiring the beauty during the race. I was elated to be able to grab the win in both the 5K and half-marathon…”

Freake will race the full marathon at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 20. “I tried to tire my legs out doing the Sunset 5K Friday night and then hit goal marathon pace on Saturday morning, simulating the later stages of the marathon, which I’ll face in five weeks at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront.”

Paula James on her way to breaking the course record at the Sunset 5K. Photo: Bob MacEachern Photography

In other races, Paula James took down Denise Robson’s course record in the Sunset 5K on Saturday by one second, finishing in 18:07. (James also won her 40-49 age group.) Meanwhile, Robson, running the half-marathon course for the first time, set a new course record of 1:21:17, lowering Rayleen Hill’s previous record of 1:23:46 by a generous two minutes and 26 seconds. And Alex Neuffer took 50 seconds off Matt McNeil‘s 10K record, set last year, with his 30:58 finish.

“It was ideal running conditions both days, and it shows in our results,” says race director Michelle Kempton.

A new addition to the festivities this year was the Rogers Kitchen Party at the finish line of the half-marathon. “Having the Rogers Kitchen Party at the finish line took our post-race party to a whole new level,” adds Kempton. “It was a two-hour concert filled amazing east coast music.
“As the race director, I was too busy to watch the concert, but a huge smile would come across my face every time I heard the band yell out “sociable,” which on the east coast means ‘take a drink!’ Since beer is included with registration, everyone at the after-party definitely had an authentic Maritime experience.”


Sunset 5K results


David Freake 15:40
Nick McBride 17:42
Matt Parker 17:44


Paula James 18:07 CR
Katie Robinson 18:22
Rayleen Hill 18:48

Sunrise 5K results (Saturday)


Stephane Piccinin 17:22
Cole Reinders 17:23
Matthew Callaghan 17:38


Paula James 18:41
Stephanie Seaward 20:03
Angel MacEachern 21:07

Coastal 10K (Saturday)


Alex Neuffer 30:58 CR
Ben Firth 37:39
Mitchell Firth 39:36


Erin Poirier 39:58
Whitney Canning 42:16
Candela Bosco Suarez 44:01

Scenic Half-Marathon (Saturday)


David Freake 1:11:43 CR
Dennis Mbelenzi 1:17:32
Darren Kaulback 1:23:33


Denise Robson 1:21:17 (third overall)
Sophie Whittaker 1:33:52
Danielle Carter 1:35:16