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Estwanik completes hat-trick of wins

Chris Estwanik and Deon Breary raced to victory in the RenaissanceRe 10-Mile Road Race on a day that saw heightened interest in the long-established annual event along South Road.

In warm conditions Estwanik made it a hat-trick of wins as he crossed the line first yesterday for a third consecutive year. He was slightly slower than his 2010 time which at 50 minutes 37 seconds is officially the fastest by a Bermuda resident however he was satisfied with his performance. His time of 51.18 gave him a winning margin of just under four minutes from runner-up Sean Trott who, at only 21, is rapidly becoming a formidable competitor in the road racing scene.

And in the women's race Breary underlined her improving form with a solid, even-paced effort that brought her home 16th overall to claim the women's trophy in 1.10.28.

The road race has been held annually since 1980 and was most recently known as the Cornerstone 10 until RenaissanceRe stepped in this year as the lead sponsor, a move which also heralded a number of improvements, including a corporate team competition within the main race and a shorter five-mile event for those seeking a slightly less demanding workout.

In all there were 156 finishers in the 10-mile race and a further 72 in the shorter event.

The smooth running style of men's winner Estwanik quickly took him clear of a competitive leading group, which as well as Trott, featured Stephen Allen, Evan Naude and Tony Banks. The first five men all finished in under 59 minutes.

“I was about 30 seconds slower than last year. I felt strong,” said Estwanik who, since winning last year's May 24 Half-Marathon Derby, was running only his second race without the added challenge of pushing young daughter Somers around the course in a stroller.

He praised the event, the organisers, and the attitude of the younger competitors such as Trott who went out strongly in the opening miles. He added: “I love competing and having the family come out and having a good time.

“I also ran for the Validus Re team. It is cool that they now have this corporate team challenge. A lot of companies have their fitness fanatics who will want to get involved in something like this.”

Trott was second overall in 55.11, with Allen third in 56.20.

In the women's race Breary was out on her own from the start and was never headed by any of her rivals. She said: “This is the first time I've run a 10-mile race. I'm very happy with my time. At the finish I felt I could keep going. I'm using these shorter races as preparation for May 24.”

Second in the women's race was Angela Bell in 1.13.54, with co-race organiser Laura Haynes third overall in 1.14.09.

In the first RenaissanceRe 5-Mile Road Race, teenager Ryan Gunn stormed to victory in exactly 33 minutes from Glen Wilks (33.49) and first woman Rose-Anna McShane (34.10). Third in the men's race was teenager Reid Henderson, fourth overall, in 36.30. Second and third women respectively were Rebecca Kuruvilla (38.22) and Kathleen Moroney (38.38).

The corporate team event in the 10-miler was won by RenaissanceRe, with Cox Hallett Wilkinson second and CD&P third.

The out-and-back course started and finished near the Botanical Garden's South Road gate with the 10-milers running to a turnaround point just beyond Paynter's Road junction on South Road.

Race co-organiser John Thompson, of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Club, said the event had gone well with plenty of volunteer marshals from RenaissanceRe helping co-ordinate things, a high level of interest being shown in the new five-mile race and the corporate team challenge.

Former Premier Dr David Saul, who was instrumental in setting up the 10-mile road race in 1980 as a platform to allow athletes to challenge his national record for the distance of 52.23, set in the late 1950s, helped hand out the trophies yesterday. Now in his 70s, he praised all who had taken part and said he looked forward to running in the 10-mile race again in future years.

RenaissanceRe 10, fastest age category runners:

Women: (Open) Laura Haynes 1.14.09; (40-49) Deon Breary 1.10.28; (50-59) Christina Westholm-Schroder 1.20.03 (60+) Dawna Ferguson 1.33.08.

Men: (Open) Chris Estwanik 51.18; (40-49) William Wood 1.05.42; (50-59) Mike Osborn 1.12.25; (60+) Eddie Fisher 1.13.58.

Trophy moment: Deon Breary (centre) and Chris Estwanik (right), the respective women's and men's winners of the RenaissanceRe 10-Mile Road Race yesterday, are pictured with former Premier Dr David Saul. Dr Saul is a former Bermuda national 10-mile record holder and was instrumental in creating the long-established annual 10-mile road race along South Road.

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Published March 28, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 28, 2011 at 9:47 am)

Estwanik completes hat-trick of wins

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