Hansons' Achieve Top Finishes Around the Globe
It was an action-packed weekend for the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, with runners set for races all over the globe including Ireland, Japan and southern USA.
Ethan Shaw and Brendan Gregg toed the line at the Armagh Road Race 5k in Armagh, Ireland on Thursday, February 14. Ethan Shaw fought a tough front pack to take the win with a time of 14:11.71. Brendan Gregg finished a close 4th in a time of 14:13.43, after daring to lead much of the race. The annual event boasted a great elite field of athletes from South Africa, Italy, Finland, France, USA, Poland, England and Scotland.
On Sunday morning, Brendan Martin landed an impressive 8th place finish at the Ohme-Hochi 30k Road Race in Ohme, Japan. Clocking a total time of 1:36.07, Martins 10k splits were calculated at roughly 32:30, 32:00 and 31:30, achieving a difficult negative-split feat. He progressed from 16th up to 8th place throughout the 18.6 mile run.
It was an honor to compete with some of the best runners in Japan. They compete with great intensity and it was very fun to race with them. This race is another step in the right direction towards becoming a better marathon runner, shared Martin.
Hansons Coach Kevin Hanson applauded Martin from afar, stating that his ability to run the race the proper way is phenomenal.
Back in the USA, three women tackled the half-marathon distance, or 13.1 miles, in the Livestrong Austin, TX Half. Melissa Johnson-White secured a first place finish, clocking in at 1:15.25. Erin Richard crossed the line in 3rd with a time of 1:18.15, followed soon after by Lavenna Kubatsky in fourth at 1:19.15.
I am very pleased with how each of the ladies competed today, said Hansons Assistant Coach Corey Kubatsky. They all ran tough races. The course was challenging, with some tough hills in the final 5k, but the ladies did a great job of running the right effort on different sections of the course. We were happy to be in Austin on a beautiful day of racing.