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2007 Gristmill Grinder Race Report

 

It was going to be a good race, which was clear from the beginning. With over 60 racers on hand, including Trophy Series Champions, West Virginia Trail Series Champions and first time half marathoners, we had all the makings of a fine trail race. The weather, though not ideal, was still okay for a trail running race. It was cool (much better than hot!) and a light rain was falling. Running in a light rain doesn’t really bother you that much. Standing around in the rain does bother you, however. As one would expect, the hardest part was the waiting around to get started. I know we were all glad to have that nice big shelter keeping us dry!

After a brief pre-race meeting, folks moved toward the start/finish line and prepared for the 2nd running of the Gristmill Grinder. The rain tapered off as the “On your mark, Get Set, GO!” echoed thru the woods. Without any hesitation, Joel Wolpert moved to the front of the pack being closely followed by Michael and David Bee, Hugh Davis and Harry Silvis. The race was on!

Last year, Wolpert was third overall, though was running while sick. He was able to hang with the twin Bee brothers for most of the way but was unable to keep it up in the last climb. This time he was in good shape and good health and had a record time of 1 hour, 22 minutes and 30 seconds. The Bee brothers were not far behind and even had faster times this year than last year! Michael Bee finished second and his brother David finished third. Leading the women’s field was Robin Weiner from Logan County, West Virginia. She had a time of 1:50:41. Robin was all smiles after the race and was still giggling, “That was so much fun” I heard her saying as she headed in for some dry clothes. Ashley Dolin was second among the female runners.

“The course was in good shape, not as slick as I expected” commented Wolpert afterwards. He, like many others, did find one slick spot however- the swinging bridge over Glade Creek on the Narrow Gauge section of the course. “I hit the bridge running and slid on one foot for awhile”, laughed Wolpert. Wolpert managed to keep his footing and keep on running. A few others didn’t have quite as much luck. But it’s all part of running on the trail and the Gristmill Grinder!

Thanks again for coming out to race with us, we will look forward to seeing you here in 2008. Until then, keep on running and Happy Trails!!

Happy trails!

2007 Coverage and Photos

For more information about the West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners organization and series got to www.wvmtr.org.

2007 Race Results

Place

Name

Age

M/F

Finish

Award

1

Joel Wolpert

25

m

1.22.30

1st Men Overall

2

Michael Bee

30

m

1.29.51

2nd Men Overall

3

David Bee

30

m

1.32.00

1st Men 30-39

4

John Reynolds

39

m

1.34.18

2nd Men 30-39

5

Hugh Davis

43

m

1.37.18

1st Men 40-49

6

Mike Dolin

27

m

1.40.23

1st Men 20-29

7

Nathan Miller

31

m

1.41.45

 

8

Dominic Wyzomirski

47

m

1.43.42

2nd Men 40-49

9

Scott Robinson

45

m

1.45.58

 

10

Mark Offutt

41

m

1.47.07

 

11

Lew McGrath

45

m

1.48.33

 

12

Paul Davis

36

m

1.49.56

 

13

Dan Lehmann

56

m

1.50.12

1st Men 50+

14

Robin Weiner

48

f

1.50.41

1st Women Overall

15

Andy Caudill

17

m

1.51.02

1st Men 10-19

16

Luke Gregory

34

m

1.54.02

 

17

Imre Pentek

43

m

1.57.22

 

18

Jeffery Ammons

28

m

1.58.31

2nd Men 20-29

19

Jeff Lawrence

49

m

2.00.03

 

20

Lowell Bee

60

m

2.02.52

2nd Men 50+

21

Nick Simopoulos

32

m

2.03.55

 

22

Matthew Young

32

m

2.04.18

 

23

Harry Silvis

30

m

2.0417

 

24

David Dick

43

m

2.07.30

 

25

Eddie Sims

60

m

2.11.02

 

26

Ashley Dolin

25

f

2.11.38

2nd Women Overall

27

Paul Pennington

36

m

2.11.54

 

28

Lorraine Moore

43

f

2.13.54

1st Women 40-49

29

William Barnette

36

m

2.14.24

 

30

Harry Brunner

58

m

2.16.04

 

31

Beth Hudspeth

44

f

2.16.13

2nd Women 40-49

32

Brigitte Pentek

32

f

2.16.25

1st Women 30-39

33

Tony Morris

46

m

2.16.44

 

34

Diana Finton

35

f

2.17.37

2nd Women 30-39

35

David Hatten

55

m

2.18.04

 

36

Gabe Lawrence

19

m

2.18.07

2nd Men 10-19

37

Billy Joe Peyton

50

m

2.19.04

 

38

Chris Whelan

33

m

2.21.12

 

39

Jason Knight

35

m

2.21.12

 

40

Jamie Dolder

34

m

2.21.12

 

41

Julie Tisone

43

f

2.23.06

 

42

Joseph Kilby

43

m

2.24.49

 

43

Amy Webb

25

f

2.27.25

1st Women 20-29

44

Mike Broce

49

m

2.28.18

 

45

Donald Jacks

29

m

2.31.32

 

46

Bill Henrichs

46

m

2.31.58

 

47

Amanda Key

29

f

2.34.44

2nd Women 20-29

48

Mary Johnson

32

f

2.35.53

 

49

Jill Cook

31

f

2.35.54

 

50

Terry Dean

39

m

2.36.44

 

51

Jeffrey Estep

34

m

2.42.02

 

52

Lisa Lucci

40

f

2.42.19

 

53

Jane Reynolds

46

f

2.42.20

 

54

Jim Wilson

55

m

2.42.21

 

55

Jim Spurlock

43

m

2.55.35

 

56

Lori Clark

29

f

3.30.42

 

57

Paula Smith

35

f

3.31.14