Resurgent Trott targets Triangle title
Sean Trott will look to continue the island’s dominance in the Bermuda Triangle Half Challenge during the Bermuda Marathon Weekend, which starts tomorrow with the Front Street Mile.
Since its inception in 2008, local runners have won the Half Challenge, comprising the Front Street Mile, International 10K and International Half-Marathon, all but once with Trott claiming the title in 2011.
The 29-year-old is competing in the half challenge for the first time in seven years, with his confidence soaring after his triumph in the Goslings to Fairmont Southampton Race last weekend.
“I’ve had some really good consistent training, so it looks like everything is falling into place at the right time. My fitness has peaked just in time.
“Based on last Sunday’s run, I came through the 10K marker around 34 minutes, so for Saturday’s 10K I will look to do something in the 33-minute range.
“As for the half-marathon, it’s been a while since my last [run at that distance]. The last one I did was back in September when I did the Great North Run in Newcastle [England] and ran 1:15. I will be looking to get closer to my old times, like the 1:12-1:13 range.”
Trott’s compatriot Chayce Smith won the half challenge last year but has opted not to defend his title.
Local runners have won the half challenge the previous three years, a streak Trott will be trying to keep alive.
“Unless there’s people coming in who haven’t signed up yet, I haven’t seen any other locals that look familiar in the 10K race on Saturday,” said Trott, who also finished runner-up to half challenge record holder Chris Estwanik in 2012.
“I am aware that Dennis Mbelenzi is competing in the half-marathon; I know he will bring a strong challenge.”
Mbelenzi, the Kenyan, finished runner-up to Trott in the Goslings to Fairmont Southampton Race.
Trott has a personal best of 33:39 in the international 10K and 1hr 12min the half-marathon, which he achieved in 2012 — two marks he believes he can improve on.
“Since I started training again seriously two years ago, I’ve continued to improve. They say the older you get the more your anaerobic capacity will increase.”
Trott is particularly looking forward to the Front Street Mile.
“The Front Street Mile is the biggest [of the three races],” he said. “It’s an amazing feeling to have people lining the streets screaming your name. The noise is deafening and almost puts you in another dimension.”