‘Steady Eddie” shines in BC half-marathon
One of Bermuda’s leading veteran runners, Eddie Fisher, claimed a big scalp on his way to an impressive over-60s win in a Canadian half-marathon.
In frigid conditions and showers, Fisher, known as ‘Steady Eddie’, came to the fore in the Kelowna Okanagan College Half-Marathon where he found himself up against the renowned Allan Kerr, a runner who is famed for running 15 consecutive marathons in times between two hours 21 minutes and 2.28.
Both Fisher and Kerr now compete in the over-60s category, and the pair duelled with one another throughout the British Columbia race.
For Kerr it was home territory but that was not enough to prevent Fisher from leading the way, albeit by a slender margin for parts of the race.
“I ran slightly ahead of Allan until the six-mile mark when we had a mile-long mountain road hill. I pulled away and lost him on the downhill on the other side. However, he pulled me back during the final 5K and was catching me at the finish,” said Fisher.
“I was very happy to hold on and beat my half-marathon times of 1.37 for the Bermuda International race and my May 24 time by over two minutes on a tough course.”
Fisher’s time was 1.35.10, which gave him the age division victory ahead of Kerr who was 66 seconds adrift.
The overall winner of the race was Nathan Reiter in 1.15.23, while fastest woman was Mary Edgar in 1.29.38.