Broad Street bullies


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Broad Street Run logo

Among the Creek Road Runners, four senior men ran in this year’s Broad Street Run 10 miler in Philadelphia in a crowded field of over 36, 000.

Three of the four placed within the top 25 in their respective age groups, which is remarkable in such an international field.

photo of Bill Farquhar

The fastest was 55-yr.-old CRR Bill Farquhar, who placed 21st in his five-year age group in 1:11:15*.

photo of Bill Rose

Just three minutes behind Farquhar was 64-yr.-old CRR Bill Rose, who finished 20th among his 60-64 peers in 1:14:20*.

photo of Doug Repetti

With a top-ten finish in the 70-74 age group, placing 9th, the irrepressible 72-yr.-old CRR Doug Repetti clocked in at 1:31:01*.

photo of Keith Crispin

Though not placing in the top 25 in his age group, 56-yr.-old CRR Keith Crispin finished in a respectable 1:29:12*.

Congratulations to each of you.

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CRR Bill Rose appears in Penn Relays video


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Well, the news story video centered on 70-year-old Guy DeLillio and his friend Jack Garniewski, Salesianum class of 1971 alumni who ran in this year’s Penn Relays as part of the Delaware Running Club masters 400m relay team. But, our own CRR Bill Rose (center in the photo), who is nearing 65, was also on the team that competed and appears in the video.

photo of 2023 Delaware Running Club relay team

Here’s an excerpt of how Rose described his experience at this hallowed meet.

We were 6th out of 6 teams that finished [out of the] 10 teams registered. Two teams did not start (not surprising for 60+ teams).  One team was DQd for false start, and one team was DNF due to a fall. We did it in 68+ seconds. Our goal, which we claimed when we registered, was 68-72 seconds. We are happy and proud to have competed and finished.

Our sprint speed, if sustained, would equal a 14:10 5K—about a minute slower than Sam Parsons’ pace. [World best marathoner] Eliud Kipchoge runs 14:20 pace for a whole marathon. So I could keep up with [Kipchoge] for 100 meters, if I do a max sprint.

Anyone who has seen Rose train knows that he starts his training runs fast (seemingly close to “max sprint”) and keeps it going.

First State Half Marathon standouts


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On a cool, windy Saturday, March 25, 319 participants finished the First State Half Marathon, held right here in Newark, Delaware. Among the age-group winners were two Creek Road Runners.

photo of Andrew Weber
photo of Doug Repetti

Placing 7th overall and winning the men’s 40-49 division was CRR Andrew Weber, clocking in at 1:20:30*, just a bit over six minutes per mile.

Winning the men’s 70-and-over division was CRR Doug Repetti. Repetti finished 180th overall and 113th among the men in 2:07:09*.

Of note was the the close finish of two other CRRs. CRR Steve Tague finished in 95th overall in 1:50:52*, just 15 seconds ahead of CRR Christina Parsons’ time of 1:51:07*.

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Editor’s Note: CRR Mark Deshon got an up-close-and-personal view of this rather unusual out-and-back race, as he handed out water and/or encouragement to the above-mentioned from the turnaround.

64-year-old “Rookie” of the Year



photo of Bill with donut

Those of you who have been following the running exploits of CRR Bill Rose on will know better than to believe that the word “rookie” in any way applies to him, both as a competitive runner and as a local age-group standout.

photo of PCVRC award plaque

OK, well Rose, who has enjoyed an extensive running and racing career, was honored last week by the Pike Creek Valley Running Club at its annual banquet as PCVRC’s 2022 Rookie of the Year. Not a bad return for someone who joined the club less than a year ago.

In recent years, Rose has done well at the shorter-distance races and was the stalwart captain of CRR’s successful Delaware Marathon 4-Person Relay teams.

We salute Rose, who recently retired from the University of Delaware and has been organizing CRR’s annual “Wring Out the Old, Ring in the New” trail run since 2019.

Congratulations and continued good running and racing!

Drafting off an Olympic champion


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photo of Sam Parsons being introduced in Berlin

Drafting is generally a good thing, provided the person you’re drafting off is someone you think will benefit you by doing so. But drafting at the back of the pack in a prestigious international indoor track event can be risky. This was certainly the case in a qualifying heat of the European 3,000m indoor championship held recently.

However, if you’re shadowing the recent 1,500m Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen, it’s a good bet that you won’t be at the back of the pack at the end of the race. That’s precisely what Newark native and German champion CRR Sam Parsons did, having run on Ingebrigtsen’s heels at the very back for about 80% of the race. Ingebrigtsen ended up winning the 3,000m heat, but following his lead was enough for Parsons to finish third in the race, easily making it into one of the top six qualifying spots for the European final.

> See the heat 1 video