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Hipson outduels MacLennan for Johnny Miles crown

Bryan Hipson won a duel with David MacLennan in Sunday's Johnny Miles Marathon in New Glasgow.
Yarmouth's Bryan Hipson, shown in victory at last year's Blue Nose Marathon, won the Johnny Miles race Sunday with a a championship time of 2:52:37. (LOCAL XPRESS / File)

Eleven-time champion David MacLennan expected Bryan Hipson to be his main competition on Sunday and he was right.

Yarmouth's Hipson won the Johnny Miles Marathon in New Glasgow, posting a championship time of 2:52:37.

MacLennan, a Scotsburn native and a local racing legend, ran a 2:53:05 for second. MacLennan has been dealing with a bad hamstring that has limited his training.

Herbie Sakalauskas of Sydney River placed third in 2:56:45. The top three were the only runners to break three hours.

Stellarton's David Hood (3:10:14), Cow Bay's Christopher Oss (3:12:20) and Andrew Clarey of Margaree Forks (3:16:45) were the next three to cross. The top six all made the qualifying standard for the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Timberlea's Nancy Alexander (3:28:27), Hubley's Petra Spires (3:31:37) and Fredericton's Sarah Cleveland (3:36:03) were the top three women finishers.

Antigonish's Donald Rasmussen won the half-marathon in 1:18:47. Halifax's Morag McDonah topped the women in 1:37:06.



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