action:article | category:SPORTS10 | adString:SPORTS10 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Running

April 15. 2013 10:53PM

Newbould, Varanka lead Granite Staters in Boston Marathon

Racers and race officials look for loved ones after multiple explosions near the 117th Boston Marathon finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013. Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons. (REUTERS/Neal Hamberg)

BOSTON - A short time before the explosions took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, Nottingham's Brandon Newbould and Amherst's Alexandra Varanka finished their race as the top New Hampshire male and female finisher.

It marks the third time Newbould finished as the overall Granite State winner, his last one coming in 2009. His time Monday was 2:17.56, good for 133rd place in the marathon.

Varanka was the top female in New Hampshire for the second time in three years. Her time Monday was 2:45:25.

Hours later after the explosions, Newbould's mood was understandably subdued. "I was in my room resting (at Copley Plaza) when I heard explosions. When I learned what happened, I felt horrible."

Moments after they finished, each had a different story to tell about their run.

Newbould said he ran his fastest Boston Marathon Monday, but said the 26.2-mile run was not easy.

"Because I was in better shape than previous (Boston) marathons, I pushed myself harder," said Newbould, "So at mile 17, I started to feel sick. I even had to stop for 30 seconds and vomit."

Newbould was proud of his accomplishment as New Hampshire's top runner. "I'm very honored to represent the state of New Hampshire at the race," he said.

Newbould battled Portsmouth's Andrew Huebner, who was the second New Hampshire runner to cross the finish line, in 2:19:12. Newbould and Huebner swapped leads until mile 20 when Newbould forged ahead for good.

Walpole's Heidi Westover was considered the top female favorite from the Granite State.

But she dropped out halfway through the race.

Varanka said she finished four minutes faster than her 2011 time. "I'm thrilled to be the top New Hampshire female," she said. "I felt great all day and had a good run."

 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

NASCAR: Who the Vegas wise guys like heading into Loudon

Goalie Danny Tirone to enroll at UNH for second semester after star's suspension for domestic violence

'Smoke' blows into New Hampshire with the law in his rear-view mirror

Man found unconscious at Winchester Speedpark Saturday

Too young to drive, but old enough for NHMS

Police examine speed, possible horseplay in golf cart fatality

Mass. man, 27, dies in golf cart accident at The Links at Outlook

Hanover's Sarah Groff competes in the women's triathlon final during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Hanover Olympian in spotlight at Las Vegas Super Sprint

FHL makes it official, team planned for Berlin will play in North Adams, Mass. instead

Can NH soccer star Charlie Davies make a comeback?

Inside NIKEs secret sports lab; born in Exeter, now located in Oregon.

Concord Monitor decries gender pay gap in professional tennis

FHL franchise slated for Berlin may go to North Adams, Mass. instead

Eagles' Kelly says he learned his offense by studying defense while at UNH

Former Concord area youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Maine boxer Brandon Berry making Fight to Educate history

Hudson family, classmates working to keep Alvirne soccer standout Raul Stedile in U.S.

Israel unrest moves meet for NH swim star

Race date for Oxford 250 moved from July to Aug. 30 next year

NH's Groff a highlight for U.S. at ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final

Maine fighters Lamour, Berry on New Hampshire boxing card

Q&A with Matt Bonner as he weighs free agency

Keene State mum on suspension of veteran track coach

Morgan Andrews speaks: Notre Dame star undeterred by U.S. U-20 World Cup snub


 New Hampshire Events Calendar


Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory