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Denise Robson, Bryan Hipson defend titles in Sheila Poole 10K

Just over 100 participants in 33rd annual edition of Yarmouth's summertime 10K road race


Published on July 15, 2017

Denise Robson approaches the finish line of the 2017 Sheila Poole 10K in Yarmouth, yet again leading all women in Yarmouth's annual summertime 10-kilometre road race..

©Eric Bourque

YARMOUTH -- After initially deciding to pass up on this year’s Sheila Poole 10K in Yarmouth because of Achilles problems that hit her less than two weeks before the race, Denise Robson changed her mind, opting to give it a go.

Bryan Hipson near the finish of the 2017 Sheila Poole 10K on Yarmouth's Water Steet, Saturday, July 15. Hipson, 51, was the open men's champion for the third straight year.
Eric Bourque

Her coach would have preferred she sit this one out, but he also knew how much this race means to Robson, who, heading into the 2017 event, had won it 10 times, including the last five straight years.

“I had a great warm-up,” she would say later. “I did a very, very good warm-up to make sure everything was ready to go and I just went off at a comfortable pace and I ran comfortably through the whole event. I didn’t push it.”

And now Robson, 48, is an 11-time Sheila Poole women’s champion. She posted a time of 39:34 to lead all female participants and place third among all runners in the July 15 race.

The only people finishing ahead of Robson were Bryan Hipson, 51, of Yarmouth County, who won the open men’s title for the third straight year – in a time of 36:56 – and Pierre Laberge of Bedford, who ran 39:14, second best overall and second behind Hipson in the male 50-to-59-year-old division.

Runners make their way along Water Street at the beginning of the 2017 Sheila Poole 10K in Yarmouth.

Just over 100 runners participated in this year’s Sheila Poole event, including Ashley Robson, Denise Robson’s daughter, who ran 42:47 to place first in the 19-and-under female category and sixth among all runners.

“My daughter had a personal best on the course today,” said Denise Robson. “She’s getting closer (to her mother).”

Complete race results can be found on the Yarmouth Running Facebook page or by clicking here.