Craig McMahon was certainly familiar with the area.
The former Pinkerton standout, who went by the name of Craig MacPherson in high school, breezed to first place in the inaugural Run for Freedom 10K yesterday at Pinkerton Academy. He won easily in 35:44, well ahead of recent Pinkerton grad Grant Langevin, who was runner-up in 38:20.
McMahon currently lives in Boston but he enjoys coming back to the area to run local road races.
The top female finisher, Pinkerton Academy girls cross country coach Amy Bernard, ran an excellent 38:52 and finished fourth overall.
In the 5K Run for Freedom race, Patrick Connelly was the overall winner in 18:05, followed by Brian Ki of Windham in 18:34.
Cassandra Cronin, who was a standout for Londonderry High last year, was the top female in the 5K and fifth overall in 20:58. One of her teammates, Colleen Clark, was the third female and 10th overall in 23:03.
Perhaps partly because of the extreme heat, even with a 7:30 a.m. start, there were only 57 finishers in the 10K race and 110 in the 5K race.
In a much more established race yesterday, the 23rd annual Jennifer Tinney 5-Miler in Boxford, there were 153 finishers, with 20-year-old Ben Hiromura of Middleton taking top honors in 29:15.
Run for Freedom 5K
1. Patrick Connelly 18:05, 2. Brian Ki 18:34, 3. Sam Lanternier 18:50, 4. Tyler Albano 20:01, 5. Cassandra Cronin 20:58, 6. Joseph Litman 21:35, 7. Gabrielle Dionne 21:45, 8. Colin O’Meara 21:49, 9. Joseph Noe 22:11, 10. Colleen Clark 23:03
Run for Freedom 10K
1. Craig McMahon 35:44, 2. Grant Langevin 38:30, 3. Charlie Bemis 38:38, 4. Amy Bernard 38:52, 5. Michael Fraysse 39:17, 6. William Alizio 40:12, 7. Tim Roy 39:47, 8. Jonathan Alizio 40:12, 9. Amanda McMeniman 46:04, 10. Walter Fortier 46:24