Record holder Smith’s hopes dashed by a sore hip
A sore hip put paid to Geoff Smith’s intended stroll down memory lane during this year’s HSBC Bermuda 10K.
The race record holder was forced to withdraw after experiencing discomfort in his hip pointer (insertion that meets at the top of the hip) following his impressive run in Friday’s KPMG Mile.
Smith, 59, has undergone two hip replacements since setting the race record of 28:14 in 1982.
“I ran the mile last night and was okay but then got up this morning and went straight for the pain killers,” he said. “My hip flared up about two weeks ago and it's not letting me do what I need to do. The joints are good . . . it's just where the muscles connect and that happens to anybody whether you have a new hip or not.
“It all comes down to how much pain can you take, and it's not good to push your body past its limits. I just got to nurse it."
The past Boston Marathon winner admitted he was disappointed not to compete.
“I am disappointed because I was really looking forward to it, just to go through the motions again,” he said. “I was building myself up and ran for 65 minutes before Christmas and I told Anthony (Bermuda Marathon Weekend race director Anthony Raynor) I’m ready to run the 10K. I’ve only been running the 5K which is usually my limit so I was going to do twice what I normally do, but it didn’t turn out that way.”
Smith said being involved in Bermuda Marathon Weekend again has been a “humbling” experience.
“It’s humbling that everybody remembers me and they all have great things to say about that day,” he added. “Much has changed up here (National Sports Centre) and you’ve got this beautiful stadium which was just a grass field when I was last here.”
This year marks the Englishman’s first appearance in Bermuda Marathon Weekend since his record setting exploits more than three decades ago.
Asked why it took him so long to return, Smith, who is a big supporter of English Premier side Everton, replied: “No one invited me.”
Meanwhile, among those making their debuts in the 10K this year were Education Minister Nalton Brangman and former Miss Bermuda Jannelle Ford.
Brangman, 53, was elated after crossing the line in the time he targeted.
“My goal was to get in under an hour and I made it in by 30 seconds,” he said. “It was exciting out there today and perfect weather for a good run. It was a nice, cool breeze and the crowd was like Cup Match all the way around.”
Ford, the sister of former track star Candy Williams, was also delighted with her time in her first competitive race.
“I’m pleased with my time of about an hour and seven minutes which is within range,” she said. “I normally run just over five and a half miles so I actually accomplished a bit today and I’m quite happy with that.”