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Local legends remain unbeaten in Ludwig Cann 10K

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Runners in the Ludwig Cann 10K make their way along South Shore led by eventual winner Sean Trott (photograph by Ras Mykkal)

The Swans Running Club Legends Series is all but over after race three with Sean Trott and Gayle Lindsay extending their winning streaks in the Ludwig Cann 10K.

With Astwood Park forming a picturesque backdrop and many of the runners and spectators taking the opportunity to do a spot of whale watching in the minutes before the start of the race on Sunday morning, 155 runners set off at 8.30am.

Just four seconds shy of 35 minutes later, Trott crossed the finish line to remain unbeaten in the Legends Series this year and pull into an almost unassailable lead going into the final race, the “Sir” Stanley Burgess 5K, which takes place on May 5.

The Bermudian has moved on to 75 points in the series, and is 39 points clear of Chayce Smith, who was not in action at Astwood Park. Will Green sits third on 35 points, with Adam Prunty, who finished runner-up on Sunday, fourth on 31.

Trott was pleased with his comfortable success but will not be resting on his laurels ahead of the final race.

Winner Sean Trott out on his own in the Ludwig Cann 10K (photograph by Ras Mykkal)

“I’m very happy with that for sure,” Trott said.

“To get the win first and then see how close I could get to breaking 34 minutes. It was really windy today so I just ran as hard as I could into it on the way out and the wind carried me back.

“Chayce wasn’t here today and he’s been giving me a good push in the first couple of races, but this one was comfortable for sure and I came in at the end like a glorified training run.”

Prunty finished 23sec behind Trott in a time of 35:19 and revealed a change of tactics helped him to achieve a personal best.

“I felt quite good and my legs felt better than I expected,” Prunty said.

“The last race I tried to go with Sean and I realised I was going out too fast and blew up, so when he got the gap I let him go and just tried to maintain the gap rather than chase.

“It was a PB on a hilly course on a windy day, so I was pleased with that.”

Gayle Lindsay finished a fantastic sixth overall in 38:29 and is approaching a second year unbeaten in the female ranks in this Series.

The 35-year-old is top of the standings on 75 points, with Teresa Ruiz second on 42 and Stepanka Sprincova third on 36, and she was pleased to get the win in what she feels is the toughest race in the series.

“I always dread this one,” Lindsay said. “The Swans flat 5K is my favourite but this one is tougher with the hills.

“Overall, I’m just glad it’s over and I’m pretty happy with that. My main aim was just to get first female and carry on the Legends Series. It’s nice having Christine and the other runners pushing me and keep me going for these fast times.

Gayle Lindsay, centre, on her way to finishing sixth overall in Ludwig Cann 10K (Photograph by Ras Mykkal, April 10,2024)

Lindsay also has her sights set on the Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby and uses these races to fine-tune her preparation.

“These little races in the build-up to the race are good markers to gauge where you are in your fitness. Overall, I’m tracking pretty well and I’m happy with what I’m doing,” she said.

Runner-up Christine Dailey also finished in the top ten overall after finishing in 39:14 and credits Lindsay for helping to push her to a personal best.

“It’s great to have Gayle running as I have a benchmark,” Dailey said.

“It’s nice to have competition and somebody you can chase, it makes it a lot more fun. I just try to stay with her and she tends to pick it up halfway through, so I just try to hang as best I can. It’s the first time I’ve broken 40 minutes for a 10K so I’m happy with it.

“I’m just gearing up for the Half-Marathon and that will be my goal as that’s my distance. I find that 5K is a bit too quick for me, even the 10K is like middle, so focusing on the Half is where I’m at.”

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Published April 07, 2024 at 8:17 pm (Updated April 07, 2024 at 8:19 pm)

Local legends remain unbeaten in Ludwig Cann 10K

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