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Sean Trott to test training in 10-Mile Challenge

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Winning habit: Sean Trott won last year’s RenaissanceRe 10-Mile Challenge (Photograph supplied)

Sean Trott is using tomorrow’s RenaissanceRe 10-Mile Challenge to build his intensity ahead of next month’s Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby.

Trott has been in fine form this year, with three wins so far in the Legends running series, which have given him an unassailable lead heading into the last race, the “Sir” Stanley Burgess 5K on May 5.

His hunger for winning is growing each passing week, with the 34-year-old setting his sights on claiming a maiden Half-Marathon Derby.

“This is one of the bigger tests I would say for my training as I build-up to Bermuda Day,’’ Trott said.

“Since it’s only three miles short of a half-marathon, this is an important race to run as a test to make sure things are going well.

“I want to test out my ability to handle the pace I would want to run for the half-marathon.

“If I could go a little quicker over 10 miles, then I know I’m in good position in my training.

Out front: Christine Dailey is the favourite to win the women’s race tomorrow (Photograph by Ras Mykkal)

“This race comes a week after another one, but that’s not too much of an issue.

“I only ease off training only for the big ones like May 24 when I let all the training accumulate, and then I let the results speak at that point.

“I’m going into Sunday race last it’s any other run and still hope to race it obviously.

After being runner-up twice to Christopher Estwanik, Trott finally won the 10-Mile Challenge at the third attempt last year, when he crossed the finish line in 56 min 26 sec.

The most dominant senior male runner in 2024 is targeting clocking a time similar to last what he achieved last year, by going off hard from the start, on a course he feels is not as tough.

“I’ll be happy with something within that time 55 to 56-minute range,’’ he said.

“I think I’m always happy when I’m running in the 5:30 per mile. That’s the kind of pace I’ll be hitting for the half-marathon.

“I’ll just go reasonable hard from the gun and just see how the body is feeling.

“The course is not as challenging as the Bermuda Day course, but it’s not completely easy either.

“It’s like a big hill is in the middle because you go out five miles and back miles.

“On the way out you get the big hill by St Mark's Church, and then on the way back you get the other side of that hill.

“In between there it’s relatively flat, so I think it’s good for getting into the rhythm of the course. Obviously, it tests your ability to run the hills too.”

Adam Prunty, who was able to calculate his run to finish second in the Ludwig Cann 10K last Sunday, after a disastrous Ray Swan Flat 8K race, should be another contender for the top prize.

Will Green and Philippe Froncioni should be other runners Trott has to keep as eye on, as they have shown consistency in the Legends series.

Domico Watson, Philip Woollins and Moses Mufandaedza, who could have been in the mix on Sunday, have instead chosen a bigger challenge overseas.

Woollins and Mufandaedza will be participating in Monday’s Boston Marathon, together with Tyler Butterfield, Nicholas Blake, Jamie Fraser, Peter Tobin, Karen Watson, Laura Hocking, Colm Homan, and Thomas Sinclair.

With Gayle Lindsay, the top female runner so far this year indicating that she is not competing on Sunday, that leaves Christine Dailey as the favourite to win the women’s race.

Dailey was the first women to cross the line in last year’s 10-Mile Challenge, where she was eleventh overall. The 36-year-old was second to Lindsay last Sunday, as the rivalry between the top female runners shapes up nicely ahead of the Half-Marathon Derby.

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Published April 13, 2024 at 8:00 am (Updated April 13, 2024 at 3:21 pm)

Sean Trott to test training in 10-Mile Challenge

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