Estwanik storms to comfortable race win

  • Follow the leader: Chris Estwanik leads the way at the start of the Butterfield & Vallis 5K as he heads for a comprehensive victory that took him more than 1½ minutes clear of his nearest rival. He previously won the race in 2008 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Follow the leader: Chris Estwanik leads the way at the start of the Butterfield & Vallis 5K as he heads for a comprehensive victory that took him more than 1½ minutes clear of his nearest rival. He previously won the race in 2008 (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Front-runner: Deon Breary raises her arms to celebrate her maiden victory in the women’s division at the Butterfield & Vallis 5K (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Front-runner: Deon Breary raises her arms to celebrate her maiden victory in the women’s division at the Butterfield & Vallis 5K (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

  • Work and play: members of the Keegan Army running club, from Keegan Ales brewery in New York, who took part in yesterday’s Butterfield & Vallis 5K (Photograph supplied)

    Work and play: members of the Keegan Army running club, from Keegan Ales brewery in New York, who took part in yesterday’s Butterfield & Vallis 5K (Photograph supplied)


Chris Estwanik stormed to one of the biggest winning margins seen in the Butterfield & Vallis 5K as he claimed victory in a time of 15min 53secs.

That put him just over 1½ minutes ahead of runner-up Tim Price in the 3.1-mile road race, and only nine seconds shy of his blockbusting winning margin of 2008 — the only other occasion he has won the annual race.

It was a closer result in the women’s race where Deon Breary eventually stretched her lead to 17 seconds as she finished in 19min 11sec, with 2017 champion Gayle Lindsay the next to cross the line.

The event attracted more than 1,000 entrants, with some competing in the competitive and non-competitive walks, and hundreds of schoolchildren competing in 1K, 2.7K and 5K races.

The races started and finished at the Butterfield & Vallis depot on Woodlands Road, Pembroke. In the main event, Estwanik, shot into the lead from the gun and was never troubled.

After finishing, he said: “I was out to enjoy it, and honestly, the Butterfield & Vallis family do so much for the island. For me it is such a great race. It’s a phenomenal community event.”

Second to finish was Price in 17:28, followed by Teddy Shum in 17:34, with first senior master Neil De Ste Croix fourth in 18:01.

Among the women, Breary and Lindsay were able to separate themselves from their rivals.

Breary, 48, who was also first master, claimed her first outright win in the race.

Third woman was Laura Graham in 20:23, while first senior master was Victoria Fiddick in 20:59.

In a 1K junior race for the lower primary school division, Ta’Hsn Eve, 7, was first in 3:46, and the first girl was Zaylee Lawrence, 7, in 4:43.

Meanwhile, in the 2.7K junior race, the primary school division was won by Masaki Kitade, 10, in 10:29, while Jaeda Grant, 10, was first girl in 11:02. The middle school division was won by Tajai Goater, 13, in 9:51, with Daria Desmond, 12, first girl in 10:19.

In the senior school division, which was a 5K event held in conjunction with the adult race, Johndell Cumberbatch, 18, was first in 17:18, while Liana Medeiros 14, was first girl in 21:45.

Other age division winners in the main 5K race included, among the men: Tariq Simons (10-17) in 18:20; Christopher Harris (master) 18:03; Jonathan Caswell (over-60) 19:42; Ronnie Wong (over-70) 25:09.

Among the women, age division winners included: Alivia Venning (10-17) in 24:28; Debbie Butterfield (over-60) 25:40; Gina Little (over-70) 29:34.

The 5K competitive walk was won by Rawle Massiah in 34:25, with Davina Dickinson first woman in 35:30.

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Published Jan 28, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 28, 2019 at 12:24 am)

Estwanik storms to comfortable race win

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