Angela Batsford captures
Randy Pascal SudburySports.com
To the best of anyone's knowledge, North Bay native
Angela Batsford became the first woman ever to win the Rocks
Marathon outright, finishing almost ten minutes ahead of Neil
McCallum of North Bay Sunday morning in Sudbury.
Placing first among the women in 2013 with a time
of 3:11.09 in miserable conditions, Batsford took advantage
of a sunny, albeit windy day, to drop her time by a couple of
minutes, crossing the line in 3:09.49.
"This course is very hilly, and today the
wind was pretty strong, but it was still a lot better weather
than last year," acknowledged Batsford. "It definitely
is one of the hardest ones (marathons), especially with the
double loop, seeing everything twice."
With a field of just 33 runners completing the
marathon, Batsford maintained that even knowing her exact placement
was not the easiest thing, sharing the course with runners covering
various other distances, including the Brokerlink 8-person Marathon
"There was a bike rider in front of me, so
I didn't know whether I was the leader, or whether I was just
the first female," she said. Competing in a handful of
different events over the summer, Batsford has targetted the
"Endurrun International" in Waterloo in August as
her main goal this summer.
The event sees runners cover a distance of 160
kilometres over a six day stretch, completing the journey with
a marathon on the final day. No such ultra-distance challenge
for half-marathon winner Eric Leishman, who held off triathlete
Devin Wittig (1:15.31 vs 1:15.39) in capturing the 21 kms race.
"It was nice to have Devin for the last bit,"
said Leishman. "It motivated me to keep tough." The
former cross-country star at Cambrian College won the Rocks
Marathon last year, and is busy preparing for his second crack
at the distance in two weeks time, heading to Ottawa for the
Canadian Marathon Championships.
A total of 155 participants completed the Riverside
Cardiac Clinic Half Marathon. Still more familiar names at the
forefront of the Continental Insulation 10 km Run, an event
that drew a field 330 runners strong.
The top four of Greg Edgar (37:49), Andrew Hawkins
(38:03), Neil Phipps (38:46) and Paul Cobb (39:38) all managed
to crack the forty minute barrier, with Laurentian University
student-athlete Emily Marcolini narrowly missing the mark despite
finishing first among the women.
"I would have liked to be under 40 minutes,
because I've been under 40 before, but that was on the Massey
Marathon course, which is way flatter than this one," said
The alumnus of St Benedict Catholic Secondary
School admits to "toughing it out" when it comes to
her recent training, looking forward to jumping back into her
speedwork next week.
"I'm working full-time for the first time
ever, so my training runs have felt a little bit sluggish,"
Marcolini acknowledged. "I've been doing mostly mileage,
which is a little bit boring. But it will definitely make the
six kms races (standard for OUA cross-country) seem easier than
In the meantime, Marcolini expects to spend the
bulk of the next two months searching out fast 3000m races in
the GTA and Guelph areas, hoping to hit the qualifying standard
of 10:20 that would guarantee her a spot in the Canadian Junior
Track & Field Championships in early July.
Despite being down two members from the seven-person
crew that won the marathon relay in 2013, "Happy Mother's
Day" (Robyn Cameletti, Chantry Cargill, Garrett Edwards,
Christopher Tarini, Katie Wismer) managed to repeat this year,
summarizing the feelings of the majority of the runners on hand.
"This is the only year I remember, for a
long time, where it was actually nice weather," laughed
Cargill. "The last time I remember it being nice weather
was when it was still called the Sun Run."
Following are the top five finishers for the various
distances (except the 10 km - which is outlined above):
CIS Sudbury Rocks Marathon
1st - Angela Batsford - 3:09.46
2nd - Neil McCallum - 3:18.38
3rd - Gilles Gobeil - 3:20.01
4th - Michael Garneau - 3:26.27
5th - Corey Peckford - 3:26.44
Riverside Cardiac Clinic Half Marathon
1st - Eric Leishman - 1:15.31
2nd - Devin Wittig - 1:15.39
3rd - Patrick Boily - 1:23.37
4th - John Bolan - 1:26.43
5th - Joel Ruel - 1:28.41
Ionic Engineering 5 km Run
1st - Kyle Reinhardt - 19:44
2nd - Benjamin Haner - 19:50
3rd - Justin Caranci - 20:26
4th - Jamie Fairchild - 20:25
5th - Mark Thom - 20:23
Brokerlink 8 Person Marathon Relay
1st - Happy Mother's Day - 3:11.55
2nd - Glencore XPS Won - 3:12.21
(Michael Blouin, Marc Boissonneault, Jessica Emslie, Pat Greasley,
Line Guillemette, Johnna Muinonen, Mika Muinonen, Phil Thwaites)
3rd - Stobie Toe Jammers - 3:31.16
(Andrew Breckon, Michelle Hulme, Bob Lesk, John O'Shaughnessy,
Colin Pegues, Jake Raskevicius, Shawn Schryer, Neil Thompson)