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Police bike drama at 10k race

Top road runner Lamont Marshall was involved in a collision with a police motorcycle in the closing stages of today's Lindo's to Lindo's 10K road race, but picked himself up and walked the final 80 metres to the finishing line to retain his title.

The Devonshire athlete, who holds a number of Bermuda national running records, was racing towards the final corner in the 6.2-mile race when he struck a police motorcycle that was helping to marshall the popular event.

Up to that point Marshall had appeared on target to run the distance in under 32 minutes and possibly set a personal best on the tough course, which includes the uphills at Collector's Hill and Chaingate Hill.

After recovering from the collision, the 26-year-old walked the final stretch to the finish line and was timed at 32 minutes and 21 seconds.

His father and coach Larry Marshall Sr said: “He has a few minor abrasions, but he's oaky. These things happen.”

He added: “When you factor in all that happened, and the spill, he considers today to be a PB [personal best].”

Sean Trott finished second in 32.58, with Stephen Allen third in 34.09.

The women's race was won by Jennifer Alen in a personal best of 39.42, from Victoria Fiddick in 40.28 and Deon Breary in 42.37.

Around 1,000 people took part in the 10K road race and four-mile competitive walk and non-competitive walk which took place between Lindo's supermarket in Warwick and Lindo's supermarket in Devonshire.

See tomorrow's Royal Gazette for a full race report.

Photo by Mark Tatem First Place Male - Labour Day Race . 7.9.09

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Published March 06, 2011 at 2:29 pm (Updated March 06, 2011 at 2:33 pm)

Police bike drama at 10k race

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