New Brunswick runner Shelley Doucet will surely be in celebration mode this week. The avid trail, ultra and road runner just re-set her province’s women’s half-marathon record over the weekend. Doucet showed up to the start line of the Houston Half-Marathon that was packed with speedy Canadian competition and ran 1:17:10. That result beats Patty Blanchard’s previous New Brunswick record of 1:17:11.
That stood since 1994 and prior to this weekend, Doucet was already a runner who posed a threat to breaking that mark: she held the third-fastest women’s time in the province with her old PB of 1:19:38 which she set in 2016.
Still on a high from running a 1:17:07 half marathon this morning in Houston, especially after reading everyone’s messages!! Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to reach out before and after the race and for believing in me. I was thinking of you all back home throughout the race, inspiring me to push hard right to the end (partly because I knew many of you were tracking me and I didn’t want any of my splits to be off)! Special thanks to our family for helping look after the kids and for tracking us every step of the way. We couldn’t ask for better support!! Super proud of my husband Evan on his 3 minute personal best, running a 1:20:52 half marathon! He just had to outdo my 2 minute 31 seconds PB <image001.png> It was incredible celebrating this exciting experience together immediately at the finish line! Over the next week, I will post a new blog on my website to recap the race. Stay tuned! #salomonrunning #salomoncanada #salomonsquad #suunto #riverandtrailoutdoorcompany #liv9 #run#runner #canadianrunning #runnermother #halfmarathon #houhalf Photo credit Alan Brookes
Doucet is a well-known face in the eastern Canadian running scene and she started running competitively in 2014. She is a professor in nursing at the University of New Brunswick and is the mother of two young children. Last year is what we called her “breakout year” after the runner completed the Francophone Games getting herself in first place with her 2:51:14 time.
The Houston Half-Marathon took place on Sunday, Jan. 14. and served as an unofficial Canadian championships of sorts. The top three Canadian women in the field were Natasha Wodak (1:11:31), Rachel Cliff (1:11:52), Kinsey Middleton (1:12:30). Doucet placed eighth among the crew of Canadian women.