Trott moves up a gear in ‘Sir’ Stanley race
Sean Trott confirmed he will be one to watch in the Bermuda Day Half-Marathon Derby after winning the “Sir” Stanley Burgess 5K road race and sealing the overall men's title in the Swan's Running Club Legends four-race series.
He has twice finished runner-up in the island's signature half-marathon and he is closing in on the form that earlier this decade established him as one of Bermuda's best long-distance athletes.
Trott has a string of top five finishes in the Bermuda Day Half-Marathon Derby, including runner-up in 2012 to Chris Estwanik, and again last year when Lamont Marshall won.
Two-times champion Marshall has indicated he will race on May 24, while six-times winner Estwanik, who won a ten-mile race on the island last month, is waiting to see if travel arrangements will allow him to compete.
After winning the “Sir” Stanley Burgess 5K in Devonshire, Trott is now focused on the Bermuda Day race. When asked if he can recapture the race times that once set him apart from almost every runner on the island, he said: “Looking at some of the times in training and the fast race times this year, I think I'm finally starting to touch some of those times again.”
Trott and Gayle Lindsay were impressive winners in the 5K, and in the process they respectively secured the overall men's and women's titles in the Swan's Running Club Legends race series.
Lindsay became the first overall reigning champion to successfully defend a title in the series, which is now in its third year. She and Trott both won $500 prizes as winners of the series.
Trott, 29, was kept company in the first half of the race by teenager Ryan Outerbridge.
“I knew he was right there, so the second half I concentrated on throwing in a few surges here and there,” said Trott. His time of 16min 56sec kept him comfortably clear of Tom Mills, in 17:25, and third-placed Outerbridge in 17:35.
Trott has been building up his training mileage since January and has not tapered for races, but simply trained right through them. He said: “I'm looking forward to backing off the training in a week or so, and see what comes back into the legs.”
In the women's division, Lindsay, 30, put in an equally commanding performance to secure victory in 19:46, ahead of Martina Olcheski-Bell in 20:38, and Anna Laura Hocking, first master, in 22:00.
Lindsay was pleased to have achieved four wins in the Legends series. She recently competed in a 5K and a one mile race in Iowa, setting a new lifetime best of 18:46 in the 5K.
“It was a nice course; cool conditions and incredible atmosphere,” she said. In the mile race, her favourite distance, she was third woman in 5:18. Lindsay hopes to compete as part of a relay team in the Bermuda Day Half-Marathon Derby.
The 5K was on a new out-and-back course, that started near the National Sports Centre, and took in Frog Lane, Old Military Road, Palmetto Road and Marsh Folly Road.
The walk was won by Junior Watts, in 36:07, followed by first woman Gilda Cann in 37:02. The junior 2K race was won by Zylah Bean in 12:14.
Among the women's age division winners in the 5K were: C Burns (15 and under); Nicole Stovell (16-19); Zina Jones (senior masters); Terri Durrant (over-60). Among the men, age division winners included: Kahzi Sealey (15 and under); James Roberts (masters); Neil De Ste Croix (senior masters); Frederick Steede (over-60); Michael Whalley (over-70).
In the Legends race series, Fredrick Steede became the only athlete to win a hat-trick of age category titles as he finished top of the over-60 division for a third consecutive year. The top woman in the same division was Terri Durrant.
The men's and women's senior masters titles were respectively won by Neil De Ste Croix and Michelle Berkeley, while the masters titles went to James Roberts and Anna Laura Hocking. The open category (20-39) was won by Tim Price in the men's division, and Martina Olcheski-Bell in the women's.