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Mouchette and Dyer are 5K champions

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Teenager Juma Mouchette won the ‘Sir’ Stanley Burgess 5K road race after breaking away from his closest rival in the final mile. Mouchette, a previous winner of the event, secured victory in a time of 16 minutes 32 seconds.

In the women’s race Krista Dyer took the honours as she placed seventh overall in 20.45.

Further down the field a two-seater couch crossed the finish line in just under 54 minutes, arguably making it the fastest piece of upholstered household furniture in the land, however the true accolades went to the 46 ‘Beat the Couch’ training programme entrants who successfully left the couch in their wake.

The road race and walk attracted 94 finishers. At the sharp end Mouchette and eventual runner-up Chris Harris were keenly matched and were inseparable for much of the race, however on an incline in the final mile Mouchette opened some daylight between himself and Harris and maintained his slender advantage all the way to the finish at Devonshire Rec field. Harris was four seconds in arrears, clocking 16.36.

Afterwards Mouchette said: “It was hotter than I wanted it to be. It was training for May 24 [half-marathon] where I’m hoping to improve on my time from last year. Today I didn’t run too hard as I went out training on Friday.”

Third to finish was Chefton Hall in 18.45.

In the women’s race Krista Dyer, a newcomer to the sport, gave a good account of herself and was more than two minutes clear of the next two women to finish, senior athletes Zina Jones (23.02) and Carol Griffith (23.29).

Dyer has made impressive progress since she started running in January and was pleased with her win, although she already has her sights on future goals.

“I want to go under 20 minutes,” she said, “and I want to do another 10K as I know I can do better than I did in the Lindo’s race [where she ran 47.05],” she said.

The race was boosted by 46 competitors who had completed a 10-week training programme, dubbed ‘Beat the Couch’, in the lead up to Sunday’s race. The group, aged from 30 to 60, was almost exclusively made up of women, although there were four men. Many of the women were mothers looking to get back into shape after having children.

The 5K was the culmination of their efforts. The ‘Beat the Couch’ metaphor was turned into a reality as two of the Island’s top runners, Chris and Ashley Estwanik, pushed a two-seater couch around the course as an added incentive for the training group to literally stay ahead of them and beat the couch. All those in the group beat the couch and celebrated afterwards with trainers Sergio White, Chuck Morgan and nutritionist Catherine Burns.

An impressive 47 of the original training group of 51 completed the programme and all but one raced in the 5K (the missing member of the team was ill, but cheered from the sidelines).

Burns was thrilled to see so many of the group finish and being visibly excited at their achievement, which some referred to as “life-changing”.

“The greatest thing about something like this is setting a goal and getting to the end. It is such an empowering feeling,” she said, adding the achievement gave participants increased confidence, self assurance and improved their health. Burns thanked the coaches, the Estwaniks who pushed the couch, and race organisers Swan’s Running Club for allowing the group to race against the couch. There will be five ‘Beat the Couch’ relay teams in this month’s Appleby Bermuda Day Half-Marathon on May 24, and it is hoped a new training group will commence in the autumn. Further details are available at www.natural.bm.

A 5K walk held in conjunction with the road race saw Gilda Cann first back in 37.45, followed by Eugene Mills (39.30) and Sherline Senior-Lowe (42.18).

Today’s event honoured ‘Sir’ Stanley Burgess, the Island’s most celebrated May 24 Half-Marathon Derby champion who racked 11 wins on May 24 between 1926 and 1951. His victorious were split between the traditional May 24 Derby race and an alternative ‘breakaway’ race held on the same day between 1926 and 1943. Burgess was never knighted, but became popularly known as ‘Sir’ Stanley in honour of his racing achievements and longevity as a competitor. He died in 1984.

Women age group winners: (Open) Krista Dyer 20.45; (Masters) Michelle Cardwell 26.19; (Seniors) Zina Jones 23.08; (Veterans) Carol Philip 36.18.

Men age group winners: (Juniors) Juma Mouchette 16.32; (Open) Chefton Hall 18.45; (Masters) Chris Harris 16.36; (Seniors) Cal Steede 21.48; (Veterans) Chris Jones 20.59; (Senior Veterans) Reggie Young 32.29.

Full results:

1. Juma Mouchette 16.32

2 Chris Harris 16.36

3 Chefton Hall 18.45

4 Stuart Palmer 18.50

5 Andy Starr 19.03

6 Scott Neil 20.28

7 Krista Dyer 20.45

8 Chris Jones 20.59

9 Calvin Steede 21.48

10 Martin Jones 21.55

11 Shane McIlwain 22.18

12 Mark Albouy 22.26

13 Derek Ming 22.54

14 Zina Jones 23.02

15 Carol Griffith 23.29

16 Michael Whalley 24.14

17 Sarah Morgan 24.49

18 Terrance Taylor 25.16

19 Andrew Humpman 25.51

20 Michelle Cardwell 26.19

21 Robin Bond 27.02

22 Claudia Phillipsz-Jones 27.07

23 Peter Lao 27.30

24 John Ringold 27.51

25 Nik Smale 28.04

26 Jenny Palmer 28.12

27 Suzana Ming 28.16

28 Edwina Arorash 29.45

29 Shanelle Reece 29.50

30 Louise White 29.55

31 Gretchen Pedro 29.58

32 Nicole Miller 29.59

33 Suzanne Ringold 30.01

34 Caroline Trimby 30.13

35 Kelly Ferris 30.15

36 Leanne Graham 30.53

37 Joshua Ball 31.17

38 Donnamae Arorash 31.25

39 Liz Twite 31.43

40 Narelle Hendricks 31.49

41 Wanda Armstrong 31.50

42 Laura Jackson 32.01

43 Reggie Young 32.29

44 Shanna Tyrell 32.31

45 Angeine Mahwendepi 32.50

46 Christian Ince 33.00

47 Julie Butler 33.28

48 Sarah Young 34.07

49 Chantelle Berkeley 34.11

50 Korinna Murphy 34.21

51 Kieth Nicklson 34.48

52 Theresa Ince 34.52

53 Emma Williamson 34.53

54 Nafeesah Nosakhere 35.00

55 Sacha Pedro 35.22

56 Larissa Burgess 35.42

57 Lisa Summers 35.54

58 Carol Philip 36.18

59 Kelly Francis 36.40

60 Janine Clements 36.50

61 Cathy Aicardi 36.52

62 Nicola Terceira 37.01

63 Maureen Murray 37.05

64 Kimesha Butterfield 37.32

65 Fiona Murdoch 37.49

66 Rhonda Casling 38.07

67 Jamie Smith 38.47

68 Diane Sexsmith-Brosseau 39.07

69 Dy-Juan De Rosa 39.28

70 Nicole Valadao 39.35

71 Ann Paynter 39.54

72 Amanda Scaife 42.42

73 Pahn-ya Ratteray 43.08

74 Jacqui Frith 43.33

75 Liz Dowell 43.34

76 Alison Morrison 43.40

77 Rochea Darrell 43.52

78 Carla Smith 44.19

79 Lori Rockhead 47.49

80 George Jones 47.55

81 Patty Lea 47.55

82 Carol Faries 52.46

83 Caitlyn Christie 52.46

84 Daeshun Robinson 53.32

WALKERS

1 Gilda Cann 37.45

2 Eugene Mills 39.30

3 Sherline Senior-Lowe 42.18

4 Patricia Daniels 42.55

5 Otis Nolan 45.23

6 Renee Burchall 45.30

7 Liz Starr 45.51

8 Keishae Robinson 46.24

9 Damika Swan 46.26

10 Jean Edwards 46.43

Winners: Krista Dyer and Juma Mouchette were the respective women’s and men’s champions in this year’s ‘Sir’ Stanley Burgess 5K Road Race.
The ‘Beat the Couch’ training group surround the couch they beat around the ‘Sir’ Stanley Burgess 5K Road Race. Sitting on the couch are top runners Chris and Ashley Estwanik who pushed the couch around the course.

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Published May 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm (Updated May 12, 2013 at 7:45 pm)

Mouchette and Dyer are 5K champions

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