Over 150 participants run in the Brandermill 7.4K

Posted July 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Filed Under: Sports, Village Mill

By Lynda Raines
Copy Editor

As upbeat pop music filled the air on the Fourth of July, more than 150 runners stretched and took a last swig of water in the Clover Hill High School parking lot in preparation for the second Brandermill 7.4K charity run.

The heat was bearable, thanks to an early morning cloud cover. At precisely 8 a.m., the thundering herd of runners—some old-timers, some new to the sport, even an expectant mother—put the rubber to the road and took off through Brandermill.

The overall winner was Jay Wyss of Richmond, who crossed the finish line with a time of 25:37, followed by top male runners Christopher Motta of Glen Allen, 26:21, and Blake Turner of Midlothian, 27:11.

Top female runners overall were: Jessie Yester, 29:34; Allison Hazlett of Chester,32:39; and Melissa Mac-Aleese of Glen Allen, 34:19. The Top Brandermill Male runners were: Alex Addison of Poplar Grove, 28:41; Richrd Kirchoff of Huntgate Woods, 35:45; and Benjamin Beddoes of Shadow Ridge, 36:33.

The Top Brandermill Female runners were: Vickie O’Shea of Cove Ridge, 35:17; Megan Hendler of Winterberry Ridge, 36:58; and Natalie Smith, 38:39. Trophies were awarded to the top runners, and a new pair of running shoes was the prize for a runner whose race number was randomly chosen. Runners’ families and friends cheered and snapped photos as the runners gave it their all in the last leg of the race.

And this year’s race included a participant whose feet never touched the ground—the baby that Allie Fields and her husband Kevin of Litchfield Bluff are expecting in September. Kevin finished with a time of 38:04, and Allie and Baby Fields crossed the finish line with a time of 57:02. Allie’s T-shirt read: “running for two.”

To view race results and photos, please visit www.commonwealthtiming.net.

Race Director Greg Handler said, “the race was a big success and raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society. We hope to have an even bigger participation from Brandermill residents in 2013.