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Hoey wins fourth straight title

Four in a rowL Rose-Anna Hoey

Stephen Allen and Rose-Anna Hoey are the Fidelity International 5K road race champions.

For Allen, it was a maiden victory in the event now which was celebrating its 28th year. For Hoey it was a fourth consecutive victory in the women’s division.

In near perfect conditions the 176 competitors streamed along Front Street, squeezing onto the far sidewalk in front of the Cenotaph as the Royal Bermuda Regiment held a dress rehearsal in the street ahead of Friday’s Remembrance Day ceremony. There were no incidents as runners, walkers and soldiers shared the space.

Allen, 36, was part of the lead group that also featured early leader Christopher Harris, 47, and teenager Quincy Kuzyk. At the halfway turnaround, Harris pressed ahead with Kuzyk on his heels, and Allen just off the pace. In the final 1½mile, Allen broke clear to win in 17min 22sec.

Harris was runner-up in 17:29, while Kuzyk, 15, was third in 17:47.

The women’s race was equally competitive. Hoey, 35, displayed a champion’s instinct as she retained the title. She was tenth overall in 19:28.

Ashley Irby, 15, an upcoming talent, impressed in thirteenth overall in 19:56 to claim the runner-up spot, just ahead of Gayle Lindsay, 28, who was fourteenth in 20:01.

In the two-person team event, Hoey and Dominique Mayho, were the fastest as their team, Madison Digicel, won the open mixed division with a combined time of 38:28.

The winning open women’s team featured Irby and Alicia Hancock, with a time of 40:47, while the first open men’s team was the pairing of Alexander Southern and Andrew Dasilva in 42.37.

The fastest masters’ team was Tim Patterson and Rebecca Shepherd in 41:51, while Georgia and William Wharton won the married couple division in 46:29.

The top family team was Dance Team Rejects, featuring father and son Christopher Harris and Trent Harris, who recorded a combined time of 41:35.

In the 5K competitive walk, Emma Atherton was first in 35:19, ahead of Gina Bradshaw in 37:12, and Sinclair Smith in 37:19.