Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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December 5, 2013

A hometown favorite

Some takeaways from Thanksgiving Day Feaster

It’s official. Andover’s Nick Enright is the road racer to watch in the future.

At least that’s what we expect after the 12-year-old wowed a lot of people at the 2013 Feaster Five Road Race on Thanksgiving morning last Thursday.

Nick won the 12-and-under boys division in the 5-mile race with a time of 32:57.

An avid hockey and lacrosse player, Nick apparently became interested in running after enjoying an obstacle course contest known as The Spartan Race this past summer at Amesbury Sports Park.

“Nick trained for the 5K over the last month by running around the block where we live,” Nick’s dad, Tim Enright, said. “Then the week before the race, he asked me if it would be OK if he ran the 5-mile race instead. I told him it was fine as long as he took it easy.”

Nice try.

McDonough wins first Feaster

Andover’s own Alanna McDonough, 20, coasted to victory in the 5K at 19:16, besting Caitlyn Clark, 29, who finished at 19:50 and Alexandra Brillaud, 23, of North Andover, who was not far behind at 20:03.

McDonough, a junior at Colby College in Maine via Governor’s Academy in Byfield, led from start to finish in beating her race time last year by exactly two minutes.

“I got a lot of `girl power’ shouts along the way,” McDonough said after the race. “It was freezing. In fact, I can barely speak right now.”

McDonough, who finished eighth in 2012, said the race “means a lot.”

“I really wanted to do well. I’m very, very happy,” she said.

Top Andover finishers

A couple of young men from Andover, 22-year-old Andrew Speen and 20-year-old Simon Voorhees, finished sixth in the 5K and 5-mile races respectively. Speen ran his race in 17:24, while Voorhees finished in 27:06.

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