Hoey was a worthy winner, says Ashley
Ashley Estwanik will contemplate competing in July’s NatWest Island Games as she looks to take some time away from road running in order to let her body rest.
Estwanik, who was well short of her best on May 24th, yesterday admitted that a host of incidents led to her demise, although she refused to take anything away from the newly crowned champion, Rose-Anna Hoey.
“I’m contemplating on racing in the Island Games as I need to take a break for the time being, I think it is more about my body than anything else,” she said. “I did my best the entire race, I’m really thinking about the Island Games but rest is needed right now to regroup.
“I felt that in Friday wasn’t going to be my day from the first mile.
“The first mile was faster than I wanted it to be and from the second mile I could feel I wasn’t going to be running a fast time.
“Rose-Anna was telling me that we needed to pick up the pace if I was to break the record but I just didn’t have it in me.
“The humidity was a small factor, not taking enough time off from Boston could be an excuse, the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races I did recently took more of a toll on me then I expected, the emotions of Chris’s injury.
“All of these in succession could be a factor combined but not to take anything from Rose-Anna, she ran a great race and fully deserves her win.
“I can come with a million excuses but on the day it just wasn’t my time and overall it was a pretty bad day, my body wasn’t up for it.”
While knowing that time was being called on her reign as champion, Estwanik pointed at making her schoolchildren proud and finishing the race as a key reason she pushed on.
She is a schoolteacher at the Bermuda High School.
“It felt awful from the beginning and the thought of finishing starting to sink in as I’m a role model for many people, especially the children at my school and I didn’t want them seeing me giving up or quitting because I wasn’t going to win.
“It’s important to think of things like this and I’m pleased with not giving up, focusing on what needs to be done regardless of if I win or not. Winning isn’t everything in sports.
The former Derby champion is scheduled to represent Bermuda in the 5,000 and 10,000 metre events at the Games, along with the longer distances if selected.