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Price bounces back from Boston for victory

Price triumphed in sunny and humid conditions (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Tim Price and Karen Smith are the new RMS Construction 20K road race champions.

Six days after toughing it out on an unseasonably warm day in the Boston Marathon, Price showed he still had energy in the tank for a 12.4-mile race in Pembroke.

Sunny and humid conditions tested the 150 competitors in the race, and the accompanying 10K run and walk.

On the first of the two laps, Price ran in the company of Ariell Evans, who was competing in the 10K, before moving ahead up the hill at Palmetto Road. From there he ran alone, finishing in 1hr 19min 16sec.

After yesterday’s race he said Monday’s Boston Marathon had not gone as well as he had hoped, where his pace dropped after a swift first nine miles, but he completed the marathon and was the second Bermuda athlete across the line. “I can still feel Boston in my legs. I’m ready for a break after May 24,” he added.

Dennis Mbelenzi continued his string of commendable results, finishing second in 1:27:33, followed by Allan Fox in 1:28:05.

In the women’s race, Smith won by a margin of almost five minutes crossing the line seventh overall in 1:32:33. In the early miles she had run in the company of some of the leading men. But she felt more comfortable after backing off the pace.

She said: “On the second lap I was much happier because I was running at my own pace. I’m trying to build my fitness back up after injury, and I will do May 24 for the first time in six years.”

Smith was also the overall top master in the women’s race. Second woman was Sharlene Sousa, first master in 1:38:07, with Andrea Luber third in 1:38:33.

In the 10K race, Christopher Harris secured victory in 36:52, he was also the winner of the master division. In second place overall, and first senior master, was Glen Wilks in 40:02, with Ariell Evans third in 40:38.

First woman in the 10K was Martina Olcheski-Bell in 44:18, followed by Melissa Logie in 45:16, and Lucy Ching in 47:52.

Aaron Tucker was first in the 10K walk in 1hr 16min, followed by Gary Young in 1:16:29, and first woman Sheena Young in 1:19:54.

Age division winners in the 20K road race, among the men, were Jon Smith, overall top master in 1:28:54, Peter Tobin first master in 1:35:24, Ricky Sousa, first senior master in 1:30:17, and Anthony Prentice, first over-60 in 1:40:33.

Among the women, Yuko Ebata was first senior master in 1:46:01, and Edwina Arorash was first over-60 in 2:18:14.

In the 10K, Christopher Jones was first over-60 in the men’s race in 48:26, while among the women Lara Rogers was first master in 53:09, Sharon Craig was first senior master in 49:36, and Donna Mae Arorash was first over-60 in 1:35:04.