Farrington overpowers Lynch for 1st Mourant College Classic Series victory

Jonathan Lynch, left, and Jahshani Farrington, battling over the last half mile before Farrington went on to victory in 11:33

By Dean “The Sportsman”  Greenaway

In a race reminiscent of duels between Freddie Gibbs and Lyndell Roberts in the formative years of the Mourant College Classic Series, Jahshani Farrington, after catching early leader Jonathan Lynch, battled over the last half of the race, before Farrington made a decisive home stretch move for his first series victory, in 11 minutes and 33 seconds. Lynch, who won the opener, was second in 11:46. The race attracted 51 participants.

Farrington, who described the race as a ‘piece of work’ decided to pace himself with Lynch after catching him.

“He was pushing, I’m not going to lie,” Farrington said of the pace set by Lynch. “He had a good start and I really had to try and catch him after we hit the turnaround,”.   

Lynch, who won the first race said he took it out and at the turnaround noted that Farrington was on top of him. “He was pushing. I just went out hard hoping I would maintain the lead, then bring it home, but my boy had other plans,” he said. “When he caught me, I was encouraging him to go and get the record. He’s obviously a better athlete. Coming up the final stretch, he had it and I didn’t have it.”

Farrington said Lynch tried his best. “My training has been going really good,” he said. “Once you put in the work, you’ll get the results and you must do better. This is the first time running the race since I was younger but I could have done better than the 11:33. I think I can run about 11:10 next time, at least that.”

Lynch says he has to put in the work to get results and was prepared for the race.

“As an athlete you have to be prepared,” he said. “You can’t just go into a race not prepared then fright will take you over.”

Katrina “Kat” Lindsay, who won the women’s division in 13:07, said it was a good race but slower than what she would have expected. “Based on what my fitness is right now, I’m just happy to get out and get a good run,” she told Island Sun Sports. “There were some fast people at the front which was nice to see and good competition around me that kept me going so I’m just hoping that I can improve my fitness and have faster times for the end of the year.”

Lindsay said that she has been slowed by an injury that prevented her from running.  She said in the grand scheme of things and her fitness, running under 13:00 would have been nice.”

Race Director Stephanie Russ Penn said it was a good race with over 50 participants—though small by race standards—but in the Covid era, it’s manageable and they are good safe numbers. “Everybody was able to come out and just go and run,” she noted. “It was a pretty fast race.”

The Relay Exchange will be the final race on Tortola on Oct 30 and the series wraps up in Virgin Gorda on Nov 13 with the race for a cause.