St. Lawrence native Karen Stacey wins first Garnish-Frenchman’s Cove road race

David Freake of St. John’s tops the field for a second time

Published on June 4, 2016

David Freake (left) and Karen Stacey were the top male and female runners for this year’s CHCM Garnish-Frenchmen’s Cove 10K Road Race. They were presented with plaques by Russ Murphy of CHCM during an awards ceremony after the race. With Stacey is her son, Matthew Fagan.

Paul Herridge Photo

David Freake and Karen Stacey are the latest winners of the CHCM Garnish-Frenchmen’s Cove 10K Road Race.

The 34th edition of the annual event was ran this morning under excellent weather conditions. A total of 109 runners started and finished the race. 

Organizer Lyman Keeping of the Mariners Athletics Running Club (MARC) said the men’s field for this year’s race was a strong one.

Freake was first overall and tops amongst runners in the men’s 20-29 age category with a time of 32:33. The St. John’s runner also won the Garnish-Frenchmen’s Cove race two years ago.

Peter Power of Paradise crossed the finish line roughly a minute and a half later at 34:07, good for second place overall and tops in the men’s 50-59 age class. Patrick Collins of St. John’s was third overall. His time of 35:57 was the best for the men’s 30-39 age group.

Last year’s overall winner Ed Durnford, a native of Fortune who now lives in St. John’s, placed fourth overall at 36:08. He finished first amongst men aged 40-49.  

Stacey, a native of St. Lawrence who lives in Paradise, crossed the finish in 39:15, the best time for the female 30-39 age category.

Megan Ryan of Marystown posted the second-best women’s time at 43:09, first in the 20-29 age class. Fanny Da Silva of St-Pierre-Miquelon was third overall for the women with a time of 43:20.

Stacey ran cross country at Memorial University and is now a member of Athletics NorthEast Running Club.

“We run at 5:30 in the morning, training six days a week. It’s pretty intense,” Stacey said, adding the half marathon is her favourite distance.

The 36-year-old started running when she was a Grade 4 student in St. Lawrence.

“When I finished Grade 12, I chose to run cross country as opposed to playing soccer,” she said.

Stacey, however, wasn’t thrilled with her result Saturday, which was roughly two minutes off her personal best.

“I’m probably the least happy winner of this race, for sure,” she said with a laugh.


Top finishers by age category

Female 19 and under – Rachel Day, Garnish (56:37)

Male 19 and under – Zachary Rose, Fortune (40:10)

Female 20-29 – Megan Ryan, Marystown (43:09)

Male 20-29 – David Freake, St. John’s (32:33)

Female 30-39 – Karen Stacey, Paradise (39:14)

Male 30-39 – Patrick Collins, St. John’s (35:57)

Female 40-49 – Nancy Robbins, Clarenville (44:52)

Male 40-49 – Edward Durnford, St. John’s (37:08)

Female 50-59 – Susan Brockerville, Marystown (57:21)

Male 50-59 – Peter Power, Paradise (34:07)

Female 60-69 – Sylvia Howse, Clarenville (58:10)

Male 60-69 – Lou Ryan, Marystown (44:30)

Female 70 and over – Joan Pope, Grand Bank (1:00:11)

Male 70 and over – Murdock Hiscock, Fortune (47:23)