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Date of Issue: January 12, 2006

Islander Meneley runs 'on her mark'

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Sandy Meneley checks her record course time at the finish of the Dec. 31 Manatee River Run.

The fifth Manatee River Run, put on by Bradenton Runners Club and its president Neil Longhurst of Anna Maria on Dec. 31at Emerson Point Park in Palmetto, attracted a record 358 finishers. 

Among them was Island resident Sandy Meneley, who won the Grand Masters (50 and over) division in the 5-mile run in a time of 36:06, breaking her own 2003 course record by 18 seconds.

Other Island runners were William Huth (29th overall); Norelle Longhurst (second in Women 75 and Up); her grandson Ryan Longhurst, (35th overall, and third in Men 25-29); Erma McMullen and Paula Termini. 

Overall winners were Nate Krah of Lakewood Ranch and a student of Bowdoin College, and Mary Ann Prost of St. Petersburg. Nate’s win was particularly fitting, as he was a 2004 recipient of the Bradenton Runners Club scholarship, which the race helps fund. 

Bradenton Runners Club weekly runs continue each Saturday at 8 a.m. from the Coquina Beach south pavilion (3-6 miles); and Sunday, at 7:30 a.m. from Manatee Public Beach (3-11 miles).  Island residents and visitors are invited to join these runs; walkers are welcome at all BRC events. For more information, visit, or call Longhurst at 778-1171.