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‘Sir’ Stanley race to be held on Sunday

The Island’s most celebrated May 24 Half-Marathon champion ‘Sir’ Stanley Burgess will be honoured this Sunday when road runners and walkers line up to participate in the annual 5K that bears his name.

The event has featured in the Island calendar for many years and is a popular speed workout for those looking to compete in the half-marathon on Bermuda Day.

Burgess won the traditional May 24 race five times, and a short-lived ‘breakaway’ alternative race held on the same day between 1926 and 1943, a further six times. No other runner has achieved as many wins in the combined May 24 events. The race, now known as the Appleby Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby, will be held for the 104th time later this month.

Although never knighted by the Queen, Burgess became known as ‘Sir’ Stanley by Islanders enthralled at his road racing achievements and longevity as an athlete. Burgess, who chalked up his first May 24 win in 1926 and his last in 1951, died in 1984.

The 5K is a relatively fast route, starting on Gymnasium Road and going along Frog Lane, Old Military Road, Parsons Road, Palmetto Road and Marsh Folly Road, turning up Black Watch Pass and then returning back along Marsh Folly Road to finish at Devonshire Rec field.

Runners will start at 9am, while walkers set off half an hour earlier. The race is organised by the Swan’s Running Club.

Anyone wishing to take part in the event should enter before 4.30pm today at the Sportseller in Washington Mall, or by 5pm online. There will be late entries accepted tomorrow at the race number pick-up, between 1pm and 3pm at Devonshire Rec Club on Frog Lane, however late entries will be at an increased cost.

Online entries can be made at www.racedayworld.com.

The late 'Sir' Stanley Burgess who is honoured by a 5K race and walk this Sunday.

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Published May 09, 2013 at 5:19 pm (Updated May 09, 2013 at 5:19 pm)

‘Sir’ Stanley race to be held on Sunday

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