Two 50 year-olds in Top Three!
Two 50 year-olds, Kevin Sheldon-Smith and Taconic’s own Greg Diamond sandwiched young Aaron Heath to lead the field at the Sybil Ludington 50K last Saturday. Kevin, English fells runner, ultrarunner and ex-Harrier pilot flew around Sybil’s hilly route in 3:38. Aaron, only 36, sped past Greg in the late miles to grab second in 3:39, and Greg in his maiden ultra and Sybil debut, managed a fine 3:44. Both Kevin and Greg emphatically busted the existing 50+ age group record (3:52) held by the writer of this report for 25 years.
The first woman was young 21 year-old Lizbeth Kelly who crossed the line with boyfriend Daniel Yoder in 4:55.
The winning relay team was Chris Gould and Brian Gerety in a less than stellar 4:25. The second team, the only mixed pair, was awarded a special prize “My Honey is a Winner” by a new local sponsor White Oak Apiary. Mike Lynch and Kathy Jackson were the lucky pair running 4:30.
The day was cloudy and cool, reaching no more than 40F. Most runners seem to find it quite satisfactory. A jolly bunch of runners and supporters enjoyed lots of food and refreshment at the VFW. Many at the gathering were pleased to see Joe Handelman, looking fit and well, speaking softly but carrying a stick. Joe was Sybil’s first 80 year old finisher last year before being felled by a stroke. Joe gives lots of credit for his recovery to his running and participation in Sybil. It’s good to have Joe back!