By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
During final registration on Friday night, St. Thomas’ Ruth Ann David said her goal was running under 1 hour and 30 minutes, a time that would demolish the four year-old Deloitte-Ogier BVI Sunrise Half Marathon women’s course record by four minutes, in the race was presented by the BVI Tourist Board and the BVI Athletics Association.
On Saturday morning, while counterpart and defending champion Shane DeGannes—the only 3-peat winner in event history—saw his streak snapped, David, who came within .10 of Meriel Stedman’s 1 hour 34 minutes and 09 seconds in 2012, went out hard then charged home in 1:30.46.
“I knew I could do it but I wanted to do one twenty something-1:29 at the highest-but it was okay,” said David who won in 2012 and 2013, but missed last year’s event and joined the BVI’s Rachel McDonald as the second three times winner. “I felt good actually, it was just that I slowed down after the eight mile mark because I wanted to push for the eight and I shouldn’t have done it, that was a bad tactic. After looking at the watch, I picked it up, was doing good then when the squall came through, it pushed me back a bit and I had to push through it.”
David, who was followed by the BVI’s Katrina Crumpler in 1:39.30 and Virgin Gorda resident Kim Takeuchi in 1:44.50, said she knows she can get under 1:30 and getting the record was special, something she always knew she could do. “I want to bring it down lower,” she said. “This is a nice course. This is the best Half Marathon I’ve ever run and I’ve run on five different courses.”
DeGannes controlled the race for the first half before St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Pamenos Ballentyne made his move and went on to win in 1:19.18. It was the fastest time since 2010 when Ballentyne was third in 1:09.50. DeGannes finished second in 1:24.09, followed by Virgin Gorda resident Vincent Fouriner in 1:24.19.
“Shane ran a very good first half, he set the pace which I’m very happy about and he was about 50m meters ahead of me until we made the turn together,” Ballentyne noted. “That’s how I planned to run the race, to take the lead at the halfway point. I had a good race and finished very strong. Shane also ran a good race.”
DeGannes said he welcomed leading Ballentyne in the first half and welcomed chasing him in the second half.
“I backed off a bit and he kept hammering just under six minutes pace,” DeGannes stated. “But, I’m not satisfied with the time. I always try to go under 1:20 here and I think Ballentyne did that. Once he ran away from me, I lost sight of him and hanged on to second place. I have St. Croix Half Marathon this weekend and I wanted to hold something in the tank.”
Race director Kay Reddy who has run in all ten editions said the event is growing and was happy with how things went.
“This event was just flawless, really have to give thanks to the Royal BVI Police Force who were out monitoring the route they were fantastic,” Reddy noted. “We had lots of spectators in the course so thank to the community for the support.”
Race founder Simon Cook who was 15th overall in 1:44.20, described the race that had 141 participants 89 of them as individual entrants the others on relay teams, as ‘absolutely awesome’ and it was great to see so many people out.
“When we started, we started in the dark in West End and there were n lights,” he fondly recalled. “Here this morning, we have the big lights on, (on the A. O. Shirley Grounds), the new track down and we had such good support on the road. I’ve been really blessed to be in the BVI and take part in such an awesome race.”
When told his vision live on, Cook said apparently it does.
“You know, I didn’t run as a kid; I didn’t run when I was in my 20,” he noted. “I used to suffer badly from anxiety and depression and started running and sorted that out. I came here, people were running and we did the Half Marathon and to see all these people out and enjoying themselves, living life, is just great, really great.”
Final Results. Men: 1. Pamenos Ballentyne, 1 hour 19 minutes and 18 seconds. 2. Shane DeGannes, 1:24:09. 3.Vincent Fournier, 1:24:19. 4. Reuben Stoby, 1:26:58. 5.Julius Farley, 1:29:12. 6. Guy Williamson, 1:31:05. 7. Rodrigo dos Santos, 1:35:18. 8. Ian Montgomery, 1:36.56. 9. Alexander Dale, 1:37.37. 10. Jacques Roux, 1:37:46. 11. Curwin Andrews,1:38:54. 12. Simon Cook, 1:44.20. 13. Michael Killourhy, 1:47:13. 14. Ishwar Persad, 1:48:58. 15. Richard Morgan, 1:50:15. 16. Michael L Sheesley, 1:51:04. 17. Garbriel Obregon, 1:51:40. 18. Russell Crumpler, 1:51:50. 19.Adrian Dale, 1:52:15. 20.Claude Walker, 1:52:47. 21. Adam Holdt, 1:53:46. 22. Shaun Reardon John, 1:54:03. 23. Shane Donovan, 1:55:34. 24.Adam De Monte, 1:57:04. 25. Christopher Farmer, 2:00.38. 26. Daniel Mitchell, 2:03:16. 27. Guy-Paul Dubois, 2:03:30.28. Ray Wearmouth, 2:08:38. 29. Jonathan Addo, 2:10:13. 30.James Drury, 2:12:13. 31. Dennis Versos, 2:14:29. 32. Dr. Garfield Neita, 2:19.06. 33.Jim W. Cullimore, 2:34:11. 34. Howard Moore, 2:38:31.35. Liam J. Hardie, 2:44:34. 36. Bill Kinkead, 2:48:05.
Women: 1. Ruth Ann David, 1:30:46. 2. Katrina Crumpler, 1:39:30. 3. Kim Takeuchi, 1:44:50. 4. Rebecca Paul, 1:45:56. 5. Maria Mays, 1:46:34. 6. Rosmond Johnson, 1:48:04. 7. Caitlin Goodwi, 1:51:54. 8. Rachael F. McDonald, 1:52:34. 9. Melissa Brunner, 1:52:49. 10. Katy Allen, 1:52:58. 11. Jenny McIvor, 1:53:29. 12. Ami Sweeney, 1:55:20. 13. Gillian Plaxton, 1:55.56. 14. Tameka Davis, 1:57:08.15.Claudia Ferrari, 1:59.19. 16. Kay Reddy, 2:01.01. 17. Lauren Julien, 2:01.29. 18. Ni MadeOniasih, 2:03:04. 19. Anna M. Kinkead, 2:04:54. 20. Judith Haycraft, 2:05.21. 21.Elaine McCann, 2:06.52. 22. Sarah Hayes, 2:07.20. 23. Marianne Cave, 2:08.27. 24. Deborah Bell, 2:08:35. 25: Kerry-Ann dos Santos, 2:09:04. 26. Natasha Ruscheinski, 2:09.04. 27. Chloe Harris, 2:09.25. 28. Melisande Rowe, 2:11:36. 29. Rhiannon Jones, 2:13:13. 30. Camille McCutcheon, 2:16:00. 31. Laura Dore, 2:21:56. 32. Clair Burke, 2:24:30. 33. Debbie Ridgeway, 2:26:08. 34. Natasha Gunney, 2:27:00. 35. Karrina Stead, 2:37:38. 36. Barbara O’Neal-Rhoden, 2:42:09. 37. Nedy Ador Dioncio, 2:46:55. 38. Jenny A. McConnell, 2:50:16. 39. Shirley Liburd, 2:50:22. 40. Jill Farley, 2:57:50. 41. Amber Walker, 3:05.04. 42. Lisa Brown, 3:30.00.
Men: 1. Steven Bridson, 2:50:35.
Women: 1. Linda Li, 3:12:35. 2. Sophie J. Bennett, 3:12.40.
- Bill Kinkead 2. Jim Cullimore
Veteran Male: Curwin Andrews. Female: Kay Reddy
- Harneys 1, (Gregory Boyd, Ian Montgomery, George Weston), 1:49:41.69.
- Grant Thornton (Sam Ouriach, Paul Frey, Simon Cross), 1:58:10.
- Appleby Adam and the Ants, (Adam Holdt, Judy Haycraft, Andrew Willins), 2:00:13.
- Harneys 2, (Jessica Brodrick, Natalie Bell, Macia Payne), 2:02:32.
- Team Krys, (Robert Shiffman, Sean Cordes, Sarah Duncan), 2:03:46.
- KPMG Spartans, (Stephen Langford, Lucinda Ford, Lovat Carnelly), 2:08:07.
- Deloitte 1 (Dylan Bobb, Tia Beckmann, Sophia Addas), 2:09:02.
- Deloitte 2 (Aurelie Legagneux, Shevon Williams, Maria Kristina Balangatan), 2:15:10.
- Team Carey Olsen (Sharon Mungall, Rachael Matthews, Andrew Chissick), 2:22:07.
- BDO Binder (Jovan Van Heerden, Ryan Geluk, Florencia Taray), 2:36:22.
- Harneys 3 (Shonda Alfred Leacock, Rahel Worede, Richard Parchment), 2:37:17.
- KPMG Formidables (Catherine Jackson, Kerry George, Khoyisha Stoutt), 2:56:51.
- Deloitte 3 (Lennesha Morgan, Carlene Romney, Delice James), 3:04:40
- Tek Dat, Marvin Flax, Julien Johnson, Chris Farmer, Barbara Pinnock-Smith, 1:52:00.
- Team Elizabeth Ricardo, Richie Paul, Jules Potgeiter, 1:55:50.
- Team Guy-Paul Dubois & Dara Smith, 2:07:39.
- Team Jenni Dobbie and Zoe Bickerton, 2:18:02.
- Team Katie Morley & Katalin Harmat, 2:21:09.
- Team Brodie Faragher and Sofia Fay, 2:28.24.
- Maples (Guy Williamson, Katrina Crumpler, Jenny McIvor), 5:04:04
- KPMG (Jacques Roux, Russell Crumpler, Christopher Farmer), 5:30:14
- Ogier (Alex Dale, Michael Killourhy, Ray Wearmouth), 5:33:28
- Appleby (Adam Holdt, Judy Haycraft, Chloe Harris), 6:08:32
- Cedar Grade PTA (Anna Kinkead, Rhiannon Jones, Garfield Neita), 6:39:13.
Best Costume – Guy-Paul Dubois Bavarian Lederhosen and Claudia Ferrari & Elaine McCann Santa’s Elves
Traveled the Furthest to Participate – Elaine McCann (Scotland)
Spirit of the Event – Team USVI.
Best Water stop – Sensus/BVI Tourist Board.