Course records for Hopkins and Conyers
Caitlin Conyers and Kaden Hopkins not only rewrote the history books with their Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race titles on Bermuda Day, they rewrote the record books too.
Conyers stormed to a dominant victory, crossing the line in 27min 41.5sec ahead of Nicole Mitchell, in 28.48.5 and Jamie-Lee Wright, who took third-place in 29.34.4.
While Conyers already had cause for celebration by clinching her maiden Bermuda Day title, she can also now savour the fact her winning display beat Zoenique Williams's 2015 record-setting time of 30:28.314 by almost three minutes.
“It's great to know how much faster I was than the previous record,” Conyers said.
“Usually in the May 24 races there are tactics employed and that can slow you down but being out in front on my own, I could get my head down and just focus on the finish line. To know that I'm also in the record books of such a special event makes me very happy. The records are always there to be broken and hopefully this one will help push others on and raise the competition further.
“It shows that what I'm doing is right and my goal is to keep pushing, go even faster and break more records in the future.”
Meanwhile, Kaden Hopkins also entered the record books with his winning performance in the Open Male race.
The 19-year-old denied Dominique Mayho a record fourth title, pipping his rival to top honours in an exhilarating sprint finish, crossing the line in 23min 47sec, just two-tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival.
Hopkins time was not only good enough to see him add a second title to his collection but also shatter Shannon Lawrence's previous record time of 24:39, set in 2015.
Incredibly, the level of competition was so high this year that all top five finishers from Conor White in third to Adam Kirk and Alan Mooney set times that would have been a new record.