The 43rd annual Litchfield Hills Road Race gets underway on Sunday. John McKenna photos

Eliud Ngetich returned to the top of the Litchfield Hills Road Race on Sunday, a day that saw the race’s 38-year-old women’s record fall.

Ngetich, a Kenyan who lives in Midway, Ga., won the race for the fifth time by outrunning a fast field and finishing in 34:21. Catherine Mwanzau, a Kenyan living in Lansing, Mich., finished in 38:11 to shatter Patti Lyons Catalano’s 1981 record of 38:27.

Runners tackled the 7-mile course under blue skies and a strong sun. But with low humidity, conditions were favorable. Ngetich, known as Heldy, seized the lead early and held it through White Memorial, on the return trip along Whites Woods Road, and up Gallows Lane. His previous LHRR wins came in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Eliud Ngetich wins the LHRR for a fifth time. Below, Catherine Mwanzau sets an LHRR women’s record.

Former Litchfield High School runner Colin Gannon of Berkeley, Calif., was 19th in 39:37.

The 2.3-mile kids race gets underway before the start of the LHRR.

Reid Baynes came from Brooklyn, N.Y., to win the kids race.

Malin Adams of Litchfield finished second in the kids race.

Ella Anderson of Litchfield was the first female finisher in the kids race.

Eliud Ngetich receives his fifth LHRR championship cup from race director John Clock.

Women’s winner Catherine Mwanzau receives the spoils of victory from John Clock.

Alison Masopust of Morris was the 10th female finisher.

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