It was a picture-perfect morning when the runners left the gate in Farmville Downtown for their out-and-back run on High Bridge Trail.
Over 250 runners had registered to compete in the first High Bridge Half Marathon and 5K races. Out of the 254 registered, 247 had finished when timing ceased at Noon on Saturday, September 7th.
Tim Morris, 40, of Richmond, was the Overall Men’s First Place finisher with a time of 1:15:57 (chip) with Alice Kassens, 38, of Fincastle taking the Overall Women’s First Place slot with a time of 1:29:41 (chip). Following Morris in second place and third places for the Overall Men’s race, respectively, were 43-year-old Jeff Harrington of Lynchburg (1:17:30) and Daniel List, 47, of Powhatan with a time of 1:18:34. Overall Women’s second and third place finishers were Vicky Jasparoo, 40, of Fredericksburg (1:30:14) and Emma Johnson, 32, of Alexandria (1:32:13), respectively.
The High Bridge Half Marathon twice took 132 runners over the race’s historic namesake located about four miles east of Farmville. Each finisher received a Half Marathon finisher medal with cash prizes also awarded to the top three finishers in the Men’s and Women’s categories.
The High Bridge race included a 5K that left the start 30 minutes after the Half-Marathon. Overall Men’s and Women’s first, second, and third place finishers received a trophy for their efforts. In the Overall Men’s division, Stephen Ferguson, 21, of Columbia was the winner of the High Bridge 5K with a time of 17:34. In second place for the Men was Aaron Barber, 33, of Farmville (17:54) with Ryan Canoy, 20, of Williamsburg taking third place with a time of 18:18.
Topping the 5K Overall Women’s division with a winning time of 22:02 was Brandy Tharpe, 15, of Drakes Branch. Second place went to LibertadHouser, 36, of Lima (Peru) and Crewe (22:44) with Jayne Thomas, 34, of Crewe in third place with a time of 23:48.
Competitors in both races received a commemorative High Bridge Half Marathon & 5K tee-shirt, along with a personalized runner’s bib equipped with electronic timing chip. Age level winners in both Men’s and Women’s 5K categories received High Bridge 5K first, second, or third place medals.
Top age level finishers for the Half Marathon were as follow: Men’s, Age 20-24: First, Garrek Hojan-Clark, 22, of Fort Lee (1:31:32); Second, Benjamin Thoreson, 20, of Farmville (1:36:03); and Third: David Webster, 24, of Roanoke (2:12:02); Women’s, Age 20-24: First, Rachel Stone, 21, of Winston-Salem, NC (1:52:02); Second, Anna Pitz, 22, of Nashville, TN (1:55:58); and Third: Ella Carroll-Smith, 23, of Henrico (2:00:25).
Half Marathon Finishers in the 25-29 age group were: Men’s First: Jordan Whitlock, 25, of Madison Heights (1:23:30); Andy Rivenbark, 27, of Portsmouth (1:37:52) in Second place; and taking Third: Jeff Gunther, 29, of Henrico (1:45:05). In the Women’s division, age 25-29 winners were: First, Tiffany Gilliam, 29, of Dillwyn (1:35:56); Second, Jessica Conles, 28, of Richmond(1:52:43); and Kate Majeski, 27, of Tenafly, NJ (1:53:14).
For the Half Marathon in the Men’s 30-34 age group, winners were: First: John Sargent, 33, of Charlottesville (1:19:41); Second: Jason Shorter, 32, of Roanoke (1:32:55);, and Third: Randall Holt, 33, of Scatbaille (1:36:10). Women’s 30-34 winners were: First: Anne Rodriguez, 31, of Richmond with a time of 1:42:27; Second: Jennifer Fraley, 33, of Farmville (1:58:13); and Third: Holly Bisbee, 34, of Frederickburg with a time of 2:06:29.
The 35-39 Men’s Half Marathon finishers were led by: First, Chris Harnish, 39, of Richmond (1:24:10); Second: Chad Houser, 38, of Crewe with a time of 1:35:13; and Third: Eli Clegg, 38, of Mechanicsville (1:37:03). The Women’s 35-39 Half Marathon winners were: Jennifer Janus, 39, of Powhatan (1:43:30) in First place; Bridget Debono, 38, of Chester (1:52:50) taking Second; and Elise Hemmer, 37, of Green Bay placing Third with a time of 1:57:27.
In the 40-44 Men’s Half Marathon category, First Place was captured by Marc Stokes, 41, of Fairfax (1:30:34) followed by Ed Lowry, 42, of Scottsville (1:32:39) taking Second; and Doug Pond, 41, of South Chester in Third with a time of 1:32:48. Melanie Swain, 41, of Richmond took First Place in the Women’s 40-44 category with a Half Marathon time of 1:47:21. Debbie Dust, 42, of Richmond registered a time of 1:58:45 to take Second while Bethany Sanchez, 43, of Virginia Beach took Third with a time of 2:06:20.
Graham Nunnally, 47, of Meherrin took First Place in the 45-49 Men’s Half Marathon category with a time of 1:54:29 while Russell Hepps, 49, of Raleigh, NC, came in Second with a time of 1:56:46. Todd Griffin, 45, of Raleigh, ran the course with time of 2:02:10 to take Third in the category. The Women’s 45-49 Half Marathon category was led by Liz Futrell, 47, of Roanoke (1:51:49) followed by Nelfa McReynolds, 47, of Forest in Second with a time of 2:06:06 and Karen Bayne, 47, of Midlothian in Third with a time of 2:13:03.
The Half Marathon 50-54 Men’s age group was led by Mark Cerney, 53, of Midlothian who registered a time of 1:39:25. Steve Washburn, 50, of Henrico came in Second with a time of 1:45:00 followed by Dickie Beale, 51, of Forest, with a time of 1:48:53. In the Women’s 50-54 Half Marathon group, Cindy Geisinger, 50, of Glen Allen finished first (1:50:58), followed by Kristie Shroyer, 52, of Goode (1:55:09) in Second, and Lisa Rosche, 53, of Halifax (2:14:44) in Third.
Clark Jackson, 57, of Charlottesville was the First Place finisher in the Half Marathon Men’s 55-59 category with a time of 1:41:21. Bill Mims, 56, of Richmond, and Mike Mitchell, 57, of Lynchburg finished Second and Third, respectively, with times of 1:41:21 and 1:46:30. Susan Anderson, 57, of Forest, registered a time of 1:57:05 to take the Women’s First Place slot in the 55-59 age level for the Women in the Half Marathon. Anderson was followed in second by Annie Eide, 59, of Midlothian with a time of 2:22:56. There was no third place finisher in this category.
The Half Marathon Male 60-64 age group was topped by Richard Walton, 60, of Powhatan, who finished the course with a registered time of 1:50:22. In Second place was Don Garber, 61, of Richmond (2:09:02). There was no third place finisher in the Men’s 60-64 Half Marathon. For the Women’s 60-64 category, the sole Half Marathon finisher was Albion Strout, 60, of Lynchburg who finished the race with a time of 2:21:02.
Richard Stone, 66, of Lynchburg, completed the course in 2:31:57 to take the sole finisher slot in the 65-49 age level for the Men’s Half Marathon. There were no Women’s finishers in the category.
The Men’s Half Marathon 70-99 age group was led by Horace Ellis, 71, of Huddleston with a time of 1:55:09. Jimmy Gates, 71, of Rice, finished second in this category with atime of 1:59:52. There were no female finishers in this category.
There were no Half Marathon finishers in the 1-19 age level for Men or Women.
The top three finishers in the 5K Men’s and Women’s categories are as follow:
Male, 1-19: First: Steve Lapp, 19, of Dillwyn (21:37); Second: Thomas Satterfield, 15, of Scottsburg (23:04); Third: Benjamin Wade, 17, of Farmville (23:42).
Female, 1-19: First: Lydia Brooks, 13, of Farmville (28:07); Second: Lauren Bencick, 17, of Farmville (29:13); and Third: Elizabeth Kocevar (29:36).
Male, 20-29: First: James Goodwillie, 23, of Manakin Sabo (20:05); Eric Tipton, 21, of Farmville (20:44) in Second; Third: Jordan Hudson, 20, of Dillwyn (21:50).
Female, 20-29: First: Rebecca Jayne, 29, of Farmville (24:30); Second: Amanda Tharp, 21, of Farmville (26:06); and Third: Joellen Pederson, 28, of Farmville (26:08).
Male, 30-39: Tom Wears, 31, of Farmville took First (21:48); Second: Jason Milne, 36, of Farmville (26:09); and Third: Blake Hogan, 31, of Midlothian (28:13).
Female, 30-39: Shelby Wears, 31, of Farmville in First (23:58); Second: Kirstyn Lokker, 38, of Rice (25:35); and Third: Emily French, 38, of Cumberland (30:37).
Male, 40-49: Billy Colburn, 44, of Blackstone, First (22:21); Harry Carrion, 44, of Farmville (23:52) in Second; and Christopher Peterson, 46, of Arlington, in Third (25:10).
Female, 40-49: Naomi Tsigaridas, 43, of Farmville (32:37) in First; Christa Fye, 42, of Farmville in Second (34:29); and Tracey Sawyer, 47, of Henrico in Third (36:57).
Male, 50-59: Stan Cheyne, 52, of Farmville (22:55) in First; Mike Kiehl, 55, of Farmville in Second (23:19); and Richard Nucklos, 56, of Cumberland in Third (24:23).
Female, 50-59: First: Lee Bidwell, 50, of Farmville (28:58); Daphne Cole, 59, of Blackstone in Second (30:43); and Colleen Meiser, 50, of Keysville took Third (30:46).
Male, 60-69: Freddie Waterfield Jr., 60, of Farmville in First (27:45); James Fye, 65, of Broadway, in Second (34:10); and Third to Jerry Daniel, 63, of Midlothian (37:09).
Female, 60-69: Anita Fabiszak, 65, of Rice in First (32:55); Second to Regina Schwabe, 63, of Pamplin (36:37); and Third to Vellie Dietrich-Hall, 61, of Charlotte CH (36:45).
Dan Kennedy, 70, of Glen Allen (44:12) was the sole finisher in the Men’s 5K 70-99 age group. Patricia Worley, 70, of Midlothian (44:12) was the sole finisher in the Women’s 70-99 5K group.
Riverside Runners of Lynchburg provided race timing and results. For a complete listing of race results, please visit www.riversiderunners.com.
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