YARMOUTH – It turns out the lobster fishery in LFA 34 – which takes in all of Yarmouth County and parts of Digby and Shelburne counties – won’t be starting on Friday after all, as had been indicated earlier in the week. Instead the fishing season here will start at 6 a.m. Saturday. After a late afternoon conference call, however, the neighbouring LFA 33 district, extending along the south shore of the province to Halifax, will stick with the Friday start.
One of Yarmouth’s newer running events – the Do-Run-Run Run – drew 34 participants this year.
Runners had the option of covering a five-kilometre distance or a 10-kilometre one.
Twenty people did the 10K and 14 the 5K, said event organizer Bobby Lou Reardon.
Held Nov. 23, this was the third year for the event, a fundraiser for Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School’s Night of PRAISE (Publicly Recognizing and Inspiring Student Excellence). This year’s run generated about $400 for the cause.
As far as the top finishers go, Hudson Grimshaw-Surette led the way in the 5K, followed by his brother, Harmon Grimshaw-Surette, and then Gayland Goodwin.
Jack-e Goodwin was the first female finisher in the 5K.
In the 10K Bryan Hipson was the day’s top finisher, followed by Chris MacKenzie.
Joanne MacDonald-Burns was the top female finisher over the 10K distance.
The runners assembled at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School for registration, with a scheduled start time of 9 a.m., by which time at least a few raindrops were evident.
The participants left YCMHS and headed east along Forest Street for a 5-K loop that also took in parts of Haley Road, Parade Street, Pleasant Street and Argyle Street, eventually bringing back to the high school.
The 10K runners basically did the course twice.
Given that the event takes place in late November, participants have to be prepared for cold weather, but this year’s race was held in warmer-than-normal – albeit breezy and damp – conditions.
A large red and white striped tent with carved dragonhead uprights, dramatic combat displays and craftwork by costumed Viking volunteers at Cape Forchu Lightstation’s Leif Ericson Park could be another attraction for tourists, says a man who is quite familiar with the art of reenactment.