Festive 5K delight for Estwanik and Lindsay
Anyone who thought they might catch Christopher Estwanik napping in a road race had their hopes raised then dashed in the BAC Jingle Bell 5K.
Because despite turning up wearing a pyjamas-style Christmas onesie and a Santa hat, Estwanik was wide-awake as he saw off the challenge of Sammy DeGraff for a second consecutive year to win in 16min 20sec.
Gayle Lindsay, 31, chalked up her first win in the festive race, with a time of 20:03, claiming the women’s title as she stayed ahead of Dean Breary, first master, in 20:20, and Karen Smith, first senior master, in 20:53.
The race is known for its many and varied fancy dress entries, and there were plenty of Christmas-themed costumes this year, including an ensemble dressed as a heavenly choir.
At the sharp end of the race, Estwanik, 39, and DeGraff reprised their one-two finishing positions from 2018. Wearing a onesie costume added to the challenge for Estwanik, who afterwards commented on how hot it had been inside the outfit.
He also praised DeGraff for making it a close race.
The former Bermuda national team footballer is training for January’s PwC Marathon, and improved on his 5K time from last year with a 16:38 finish. Third place was Tom Mills in 17:54.
The 5K walk was won by Howard Williams, 50, in 36:10, from Junior Watts, in 36:14, and Peter McGlashan in 39:42. First woman, and fourth overall, was Gilda Cann in 39:57.
There were 275 finishers in the 5K race, and 74 in the walk.
Age division winners among the 5K women, included: Jasmin Hasselkuss (10-14) in 23:57; Liana Medeiros (15-17) in 21:17; Laura Graham (18-29) in 21:13; Maria Duffy (over-60) in 26:00.
Age division winners among the men, included: Eoghan Homan (10-14) in 21:08; Tommy Marshall (15-17) in 17:59; Dominique Mayho (18-29) in 19:08; Jason Adkins (40-49) in 19:10; Neil Halliday (over-60) in 21:17.
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