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Yankee Homecoming 10miles

WACer goes west … Iain Donnelly reports.

On a recent trip to Boston, Massachusetts l managed to sneak the WACer vest into the suitcase. I had tentatively entered the Yankee Homecoming 10 mile road race at Newburyport, a race in its 50th consecutive year. Due to the high temperatures/ humidity and time changes l was unsure how well this Brit abroad would cope!

As it turned out, the race was superb ... great atmosphere, really well organised, 3,000 runners, incredible support and thankfully hosepipes showering us with cool water all the way round. If you were fast enough you had a Police motorbike (looked like Chips, remember him?) in front of you to set the pace. My pace was well short of my 66min pb, finishing in 71min 45sec, this was no disappointment as l set my new record for drinking water and gatorade due to the humidity.

The Massachusetts/New Hampshire states are mad for running and the calendar is full of great events, l was very lucky to experience this at first hand. How far has the WACer vest travelled to enter a race, has anyone ever worn ‘the red’ down under in Oz?



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