The 2016 London 10,000m (inc. AO & OMA 10,000m Championships) featured the deepest men's field in the events 11 year history. The 1st hosting of the Ontario Masters Championships saw a modest start, with Stuart Galloway of UTTC finishing first in a Canadian 55-59 record-setting time of 34:51.09. Local Jeremy Walsh of London Runner finished second in 35:34.97 in the first 10,000m of his Masters career. A disappointingly small Womens field saw multi-time Ontario and Canadian Championship medlist Leslie Sexton (London Runner) cruise comfortably to a 34:38.57 solo finish.
The final race of the evening - in relatively calm conditions that seemed out of place following a windy afternoon and a sudden post-race storm - featured the deepest Men's 10,000m in the events 11 year history. Following a pedestrian opening lap of 74 seconds, Speed River member Aaron Hendrikx took charge with training partner Evan Esselink (Durham Dragons) following suit and eventually pulling away for the win in 29:23.64. A strong finish from Kevin Tree of the Newmarket Huskies produced a 29:31.06 silver medal performance. Behind Tree, spectators witnessed a fantastic race in which eventual Junior Champion Sergio Ráez Villanueva (Harbour Track) and Senior bronze medalist Brayden Seneca (Speed River) ran down a fading Hendrikx, dropping 2015 Ontario/Canadian Junior 10,000m Champion Ehab El-Sandali in the process. Villanueva and Seneca clocked in at 30:00.01 and 30:00.83, with Hendrikx half a second behind. El-Sandali's time of 30:13.53 currently ranks him 2nd in the Canadian Junior rankings, behind Villanueva, while back in 9th place Cameron Linscott (Physi-Kult) earned the Ontario Junior bronze medal in 30:32.20, also well under the 31:10 World Junior standard.
In total, 15 men broke the 31:00 barrier, a meet record that matched the 2 previous highest years (2014 and 2015) combined! Hendrik recorded the fastest 5th pace finish in London 10,000m history, while 10th pace finished Paul Rochus (Harbour Track) became the fastest 10th place finisher in event history with his 30:34.18.
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