By Dean ‘The Sportsman” Greenaway
A patient Julius Farley knew it would only be a matter of time before he caught race leader and training partner Jermaine “JJ” Ricketts, during Saturday’s 16th Deloitte-Ogier BVI Sunrise Half Marathon, being run from Road Town to West End for the first time in its history.
Farley, who ran 1 hour 28 minutes and 18 seconds to win, said the conditions were good and he knew he’d catch Ricketts late in the race. “I know his style and I tried to keep him in sight and I knew as the race went on, I would overtake him and I stuck to the plan and that is what I did,” he told Island Sun Sports. “With Cliff (Struiken) not here, I knew I had a good chance of winning. I’m content with the time because I haven’t been doing much training in the past so the little I did worked out for me today. I think that I could have done a little better but maybe because there wasn’t anyone close to me, I didn’t have to push it.”
Ian Montgomery was surprised with his second place finish in 1:34.26. “Yes, I was very surprised. I thought one of the other guys would beat me, but I’ve been training hard, so it was a good run,” he noted, after passing Ricketts who was walking. “I think he went out too quickly. I tried to encourage him to come with me and get a bit of a rhythm to run with me, but he started walking. I had to leave him because I wasn’t going to start walking.”
Ricketts said it was a good race but guessed that he didn’t do enough training. “I’m good with third,” he said, noting that he started falling off the pace in Pockwood Pond after being caught by Farley in Havers. “I stopped to do a thing, then everything changed, but it was good. The time was slower than last year but for the amount of training I did, it was fine and I had fun.”
Former resident James Carr who placed fourth in 1:35.48, said it was good to be back in the BVI and he had fond memories of long distance racing in the territory. “Couple years ago, from an injury, I was told that I wouldn’t be able to do long distance running again, so it was amazing to compete with such good runners in the BVI and the standard is brilliant now,” he noted. “I was neck and neck with Kat (Katrina Lindsay), she almost took me in the end, that really spurred me on. Thanks to everyone who organized the race. It was a great event and brilliantly run.”
Lindsay, 5th overall, was the top woman in 1:36.11. “Those 11 seconds are the hardest 11 seconds, oh my gosh,” she told Island Sun Sports. “I would have loved to get in the 1:35s, but that last couple kilometers, I just had to hang in there. James (Carr) was my motivation pulling me along.”
Lindsay said the race was good and she was happy for the first 15 of the 21K race and felt pretty good. However, the last stretch into West End was long and seemed to be never ending. “That was really tough and it was getting hot as well, but good it was flat and I was conscious of the wind behind me and I was trying to let it push me along,” she explained. “I was good for 18, then said I’ll hold it for two and then hold on for the last one, but it was tough. But I’m really happy. I thought that I was capable of this kinda time and I’m glad to have executed it on the day and make all the training pay off.”
Rosmond “Rose” Johnson, was happy with her 1:56.36. “It was under two hours, but it was boring and tough,” she said.
In his first race after doing it socially distanced last year, Lennon DaBreo cut his time from over 2 hours to 1:54, but was eyeing 1:45. “I lost seven pounds preparing to beat my time from last year and I’m now preparing to beat my time and get down to 1:45 next year, that’s what I’m hoping for.”
Virgin Gorda’s Curwin Andrews returned to the race for the first time in four years. “It was a bit tough to be honest and after not running for four plus years, I decided to come and see what I could do,” he said after finishing in 1:47.59, seventh among men. “I started the race good but I have a knee here—I fell a couple months ago—and it really ain’t doing me justice, but I’m pleased with my performance.”
The oldest in the field at 72, Jim Cullimore signed up to run the 10K segment only. “I’m a battler. I got to the 10K and thought, let’s go for it. You’re at the halfway mark, so I did it,” said Cullimore who completed the 13.1 Miles run in 3:39.14. “I got a bit of a cramp at mile 11, did a bit of walking, but still got to the finish.”
Former Long and Triple Jumper Claudius “Buffer” Rymer said his second Half Marathon was a ‘bad idea.’ “I wasn’t training and decided to come out and do it still and I started cramping up with three miles left,” he said. “But I was determined to finish so I did that.”
Charlie Potgieter won the inaugural Mini Marathon, a 4000m run in 19:16. Millie Cottreau was the top female in 26:09. Jose Francisco Banay won the 10K in 52:36.