Diane Roy fin­ishes 6th in New York Marathon

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Hat­ley wheel­chair racer Diane Roy was happy with her sixth place fin­ish at the New York Marathon on Sun­day. Although a strong marathoner, Ms. Roy is not strong on hilly cour­ses such as the New York course and so was hop­ing to fin­ish in the top ten. She fin­ished with a time of 1 h 57 min 59 s. First place fin­isher was Amer­i­can Amanda Mc Grory with a time of 1 h 50 min 24 s., a course record.

“I knew it would be hard be­cause there was a group of rid­ers who climbed bet­ter than me. I was rac­ing alone for most of the race, how­ever, I was able to get ahead of sev­eral of the girls that I thought I wouldn’t be able to beat,” said Ms. Roy.

The wheel­chair racer will now rest for a few weeks be­fore be­gin­ning train­ing again for the 2012 year, one that in­cludes the Par­a­lympics. Be­gin­ning in Jan­uary, she will spend three weeks in Aus­tralia be­fore head­ing to Florida for more train­ing. At the end of May, the ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing Canada at the Lon­don Par­a­lympics will be named.

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