CAIRNS EVENS THE SCORE OVER FULTON
BY GEORGE BANKER
WHEATON, MD--"The 5Ks are hard. You hurt through the whole thing. I worked hard. I wanted to start relatively slow and make sure I had something at the end. I was slowing down the last mile. I wasn't going to turn around. She [Patty Fulton] may have made up some ground. I didn't know how close she was," said Hilary Cairns of Team Pacers of Old Town, Alexandria, VA.
Cairns was the winner of the Avon/Montgomery County Road Runners Club Run For Roses 5K, a race for women only, held Saturday, June 24, 2000 at Wheaton Regional Park. This was the season opener for the 11th MD Women's Distance Festival (WDF) Grand Prix Series which had 220 registered runners.
The added humidity and a modified course with a few extra turns added to the challenge. The runners looped through the park by the lake and toured Brookside Gardens.
It was a day to even the score. Patty Fulton of Team Brooks first met Cairns on this course on June 28, 1997 where Fulton was out run by Cairns 18:11 to 18:34. The first mile of 5:31 did help.
Fulton, known to be a faster starter from the line, opened a ten-yard lead over Cairns, followed by Ellen O'Neill of the Prince George's Running Club.
At midway, Cairns started to reel Fulton in with a gradual, but forceful, surge and the lead was taken. A motorist had blocked an entry point to the bike path and the lead bike had to ride between a couple of parked cars and attempted to jump the curb, but he fell short and landed on the ground. Cairns and Fulton darted around the uninjured biker (ego slightly bruised).
O'Neill lost sight of the leaders. At an unmarked intersection in the park, O'Neill took a wrong turn and lost about twenty seconds getting back into the race. O'Neill had to play catch-up to get back to third place. With less than a mile remaining, Cairns had a solid hold on first place to even the score, 2-2, with 18:25 to 18:38 for Fulton.
"It's a tough course. Lots of turns and not a lot of uphills. On the turns you can't get your rhythm. Hilary passed me after the mile, I let her go and I tried to stay with her. I didn't want to lose sight. She was slowing in the last mile and so was I. I didn't have anything left," said Fulton.
O'Neill made up time and passed her sister-in-law, Mary Kate O'Neill, in the process to capture third with 20:36. Mary Kate was fourth with 20:43.
"I thought it was cool to run with all women. When you find the results you are further up on the list. As usual, I went out too fast, eight minutes for the first mile. My coach would not let me run fast today and I was pleased with my time [27:33]. It's so much fun and the social thing and you meet some great friends," said Terry Adirim who does her morning workouts at the Wheaton Athletic Club.
Helen Hiser, of Wheaton, was the first Masters with 21:34. Joan Nugent, of Wheaton, was second with 21:49. Nugent was the fifth Masters in 1998 (22:12) and fourth Masters in 1999 (21:57).
Jane Godfrey, of Takoma Park, was first in the 50-59 age group with 23:04. Tami Graf, of Lusby, was first in the 60-69 age group with 25:18. At the 1993 WDF, Graf was second in the 50-59 age group with 22:59.
The Mother/Daughter team award went to Louise Kelley (21:24) and mother, Joanne Mallet (27:26), of Rockville. Kelley was third in the WDF for '91 (18:30), '93 (19:12), and was the winner in 1996 (18:56). Mallet had placed first in the 50-59 age group in 1991 (22:26).
Freddi Carlip, of Lewisburg, PA, the newly elected President of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), which represents 675 member clubs and 190,000 members in 43 states, ran a 26:41, a consistent performance over the last three years ('97-25:07, '98-26:22, '99-26:27).
Carlip, prior to becoming president, served as Pennsylvania State Rep, RRCA Eastern Director, RRCA Vice-President, and is presently the RRCA's Miss Road Manners.
As president, there was no ride on Air Force One. Instead, Carlip took a "cool-down ride," on the carousel. "The race is always well done by Montgomery County and it was a wonderful way to celebrate women's running. I did a lot better than expected. After one-and-a-half miles, I started to hurt. I was being competitive and I had people I keyed on. When I passed them I made sure I went by fast enough to stay in front of them," said Carlip.
1. Hilary Cairns 18:25
1. Helen Hiser 21:34