NORWALK -- Led by Shana Desci's eighth place finish, Darien had some strong performances in the Norwalk-based Lightfoot Running Club's 7-mile race, which started and finished at Brien McMahon High School on Saturday.

Desci, 35, was the third fastest female overall, completing the course in a time of 49:56 for a top-ten overall placement among 164 finishers. She won the 30-39 female age group.

The race was won by course record holder George Buchanan, 54, who set the mark back in 1991. There was no record this time for Buchanan, but the Shelton resident led the pack with a time of 44:36. He was followed by Colin Lu, 20, of New Haven, who finished in 45:48. The fastest female was Norwalk's Julie Heaphy, 30, who was fourth in 46:20, 17 seconds behind Norwalk's Geoffroy Allimant.

David Ott, 49, was Darien's next fastest runner. He finished in 50:49, good for 13th place. Bill Ozanne, 33, was 16th in 51:18. Ott's daughter and wife ran together and crossed the finish in 51st and 52nd, with Meredith Ott, 18, and Jane Ott, 47, both finishing in 57:17.

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Philip Jacobs, 51, was among Darien's other participants.

"I'm a terrible runner, but I love running. It's a great feeling when you're done," Philip Jacobs said. "The hardest part was thinking my daughter was going to catch me," he added, light-heartedly.

For the record, his daughter, Harriet Jacobs, 17, did not catch him -- this time anyway.

"It was good. It was challenging," said Harriet Jacobs, adding that she is battling knee injuries and was happy to complete the run. She had two outlooks as the race unfolded. "It felt like it was never going to end," Harriet said of a hilly portion of the course. "(The finish line) comes up faster than you think which is good," she added.

"It was good. A little hot toward the middle," said Darien's Martin Hannon, 21, referring to the portion of the course near Long Island Sound in which runners were exposed to the sun. "It was a solid run."

Robert Mitchell, 48, was another Darien participant who completed the race in humid, 80 degree conditions.

"Fantastic," Philip Jacobs said of the feeling of completing the course. "It feels great when you're done. It's a great event. It's a great series."

The Lightfoot series, which began with a 3-mile race in mid June, features longer distances with each run, culminating with a half marathon in mid-September. The next race is a 9-miler, July 28 at Calf Pasture Beach. Visit lightfootrunners.com for information, including race results.