Price and Breary dominate in Challenge
Tim Price and Deon Breary are the new RenaissanceRe 10-Mile Challenge champions after dominant performances in the road race.
A five-mile race held in conjunction with the main event, was won by Christopher Harris, with Gayle Lindsay the women’s champion.
In the 10-mile race Price made his intentions clear from the start as he pushed the pace, followed by a tight group featuring Kavin Smith, Glen Wilks, Jamie Fraser and Alexander Garbiak.
Starting near the southern entrance to the Botanical Gardens, the out-and-back course followed South Road to a turnaround point at Tucker’s Town.
At the halfway point, Price had opened clear daylight between himself and the chasing group. Wilks was in second position, but a miscommunication with a cyclist on the course meant he turned around too early. When he realised his error, he retraced his steps to complete the full course and consequently dropped to eleventh.
Meanwhile, Price, 27, who had run seven miles in training before the race, stretched his lead to claim victory in 61min 04sec. He is gearing up to compete in next month’s Boston Marathon.
Smith, 50, was second in 63:38, securing the senior master title, while third placed Garbiak was only a second behind.
After estimating he had run about a mile extra as a result of having to go back to reach the correct turnaround point, Wilks, 53, eventually finished second senior master and eighth overall in 69:48.
First woman Breary was next to finish in 69:58, comfortably ahead of runner-up Melissa Logie, in 75:42, and Andrea Luber in 76:18.
In the five-mile race, Harris clocked 28:38. He was followed by Aidan Doherty, 16, who set a new course record for the 12-19 age group with 30:43.
Next to finish was first woman Lindsay in 33:10.
Third man was Jahmai Lottimore in 34:57, while second woman was Georgia Wharton in 36:23, followed by Anna Laura Hocking in 36:48.
The 10-mile race was originally created by David Saul, the former premier.
This year marked the 60th anniversary of Dr Saul setting the old Bermuda 10-mile road record of 52:53. Yesterday, he presented the trophies and vowed to take part in the five-mile race next year.
In the 10-mile race, Frederick Steede was first over-60 in 76:05, Rebecca Cooper was first master woman in 81:10, Laura Keyes was first senior master woman in 1hr 30min 24sec, Edwina Arorash won the 60-69 category in 1:49:58, and Peggy Couper was top over-70 women in 1:38:24.
In the five-mile race, Benjamin Lau was first master in 35:38, Jerome Wellman won the senior master category in 40:32, while Chris Jones topped the 60-69 division with 39:04. Sharon Craig was first senior master woman in 39:04.
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