Ramsey Tour 21k awards with Run Director Jesse
Winters and Title Sponsor Wanda Dewulf
21k Male winner - Brent Walker and 21k Female
winner Alison Cummings
A post-secondary flavour
to Ramsey Tour
by Randy Pascal
Eric Leishman does not mind leading by example.
The head coach of the Cambrian College cross-country team and
recent graduate of the same program captured the 5km leg of
the Sudbury Masters Ramsey Tour on Sunday morning at Laurentian,
covering the distance in 16:44, 24 seconds ahead of second-place
finisher Ewan Craig.
As usual, the Voyageurs women's cross-country team dominated
the top rankings in the female grouping, with local product
Emily Marcolini looking quite strong as she begins her second
year at L.U., leading the ladies with a time of 18:46.
While both Leishman and Marcolini are familiar names to anyone
who has followed the local cross-country circuit for years,
the fact is that the Ramsey Tour event has plenty of post-secondary
flavour, especially at the five kilometre distance.
For Craig, a Deep River native who is returning as a member
of the Laurentian Voyageurs men's nordic ski program, the race
dovetails nicely from the cross-training that he has done this
summer, with some alterations needed once the snow hits the
"I find that the two sports cross over pretty well,"
noted the 21 year-old athlete. "I always notice that after
skiing season, when I first go to running, it always felt a
little bit "off" for a few weeks, and same goes from
running to skiing."
In terms of the L.U. cross-country team, fourth year Concurrent
Education major Michelle Kennedy was hot on the heels of Marcolini,
earning a second place finish in 19:02, quite a good time considering
she has not yet cracked the 19-minute barrier.
"I was planning on trying to run with Emily," said
the native of London. "She's got huge, long legs, so I
just keep my eyes focused on those. My hope was to stay with
her and let her lead me through a sub-19. I was close."
One of several returnees with the university program headed
up by coaches Dick Moss and Darren Jermyn, Kennedy is especially
looking forward to her annual homecoming, competing at the Western
Invitational on September 20th.
"My fans are my family, they all stand on different places
on the course," said Kennedy. "I can always tell where
my mom is, because she's got this really distinctive voice."
After finishing fourth in the half-marathon in 2013, Brent
Walker chopped a minute off his time and took top spot on Sunday,
comfortably ahead of second place finisher Ryan Marsaw.
Alison Cummings also made a move up, bumping from a silver
medal performance in 2013 to gold this time around, winning
the ladies half-marathon in 1:42:24.
Following is a breakdown of some of the top finishers in both
the 5km race as well as the half-marathon:
Men - 5 kms
1st - Eric Leishman - 16:44
2nd - Ewan Craig - 17:08
3rd - Jacob Dupuis-Latour - 17:35
4th - Brendan Costello - 18:01
5th - Caleb Beland - 18:02
6th - Trevor Gilchrist - 18:23
7th - Mika Muinonen - 18:31
8th - Marek Bialkowski - 18:35
9th - Jordan Courchesne - 18:38
10th - James Larmer - 18:42
Women - 5 kms
1st - Emily Marcolini - 18:46
2nd - Michelle Kennedy - 19:02
3rd - Maddy Bak - 19:24
4th - Marissa Lobert - 19:31
5th - Emily Driedger - 19:37
Men - Half-Marathon
1st - Brent Walker - 1:29:26
2nd - Ryan Marsaw - 1:31:15
3rd - Scott St Jean - 1:33:17
4th - Pierre Dumont - 1:34:25
5th - Peter Yawney - 1:34:41
6th - Jordan Nurmi - 1:37:18
7th - Ben Smith - 1:38:49
8th - Charles Dumas - 1:40:34
9th - John Bolan - 1:42:11
10th - Rob Marcolini - 1:42:56
Women - Half-Marathon
1st - Alison Cummings - 1:42:24
2nd - Sophie Pereira - 1:44:20
3rd - Chrystal Prosperi - 1:46:57
4th - Sue Favaro - 1:48:20
5th - Kimberly Davies - 1:57:17