A highly competitive athlete from a very early age, inspired no doubt by attempts to keep up with her older brother and sister, Anne Barrington-Johnston has undoubtedly left her mark on the sport of athletics in Newfoundland and Labrador. Excelling first in soccer, she soon came to realize that her impressive speed would most certainly stand her in good stead as a potential road racer and cross-country runner. And so in her late teens and young adult years, she was soon 100% committed to the wonderful sport of athletics.
During the late 1990’s, Anne excelled both in road racing and cross-country running, becoming a member and team captain of the Memorial Cross-Country team. In 1998 she was selected as the Atlantic Universities cross-country rookie of the year. Three years later in 2001, she was the Atlantic Universities cross-country champion.
She went on from there in the early 2000’s to become a valued member of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) women’s cross-country teams, competing quite successfully among those elite female athletes from across the country. In 2003, she was a member of the NL Summer Games Team racing to a 7th place finish in the highly contested 1500 m finals, and to a 6th place in the longer 5000 m event. In 2004, while attending Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, she raced to a 3rd place bronze medal in the CIS indoor track and field 3000 m championships in Windsor, Ontario.
In 2002, Anne competed in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, as a member of the Canadian team at the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University cross-country championships. That same year she was selected to Canada’s Ekiden Running team competing in Beijing, China.
From 2002 onwards, Anne racked up numerous victories in local road races including the provincial 5 km championships and the half-marathon. In 2002, she raced to victory in the prestigious Tely 10 road race, winning again in 2004, and later in 2015 and 2019. In her latest victory, she established a new female record of 54:24 for this historic event.
Three of her most recent impressive road racing performances include the 2nd Canadian finisher and 37th overall female finisher in the acclaimed 2019 Boston Marathon, the second overall female finisher in the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon and the 15th overall female finisher in the 2020 Houston marathon in a fantastic time of 2:36:46.
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