By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Katrina Lindsay and Clif Struiken, were Saturday’s respective Women and Men’s Division winners in the Ceres Juices 10K Series opener, with a trek around Road Town in a race dubbed the ‘City Circuit.’
Lindsay, pushed by Struiken’s wife Kim, used a personal best of 45 minutes and 19 seconds to win the 6.2 miles race that started and ended at the A. O. Shirley Grounds. Struiken followed in 46:33.
“That was hard, hot and windy,” Lindsay said, noting she prefers running 5Ks instead. “I think the splits were slower than last time during the Olympic Day Run, so I was surprised, but I had a good last two miles. Kim really pushed me.”
Struiken said she tried using a different race strategy.
“Normally, I set the pace from the beginning and she follows and then she leaves, so I wanted to try and see what would happen if I followed her,” Struiken explained. “I actually stayed with her longer and I had to let her go, it did lead to a personal best so I’m really happy.”
In the men’s division, Clif did his usual front running and led the field from start to finish in a season’s best 37 minutes and 12 seconds, improving on the 37:22 from the Olympic Day Run.
“It was good. I started off at a pace I was able to keep, didn’t get in trouble and it was faster than two weeks ago, but even more comfortable,” he noted. “I’m planning on breaking my 36:24 best in the 10K at the end of the season. I’m taking a bit of time off to do the Ultra Marathon in San Francisco in August and I’ll be back in road racing after summer. I think I’ll be set up to take down my personal best then, so if I focus on a lot of speed after August, I think I’ll get there.”
Julius Farley was second in 40:06, chopping a minute off his last outing and said he thought he would have done a little better.
“I just couldn’t keep up with the pace Clif started with, so I kept trying my best but it wasn’t good enough to get under 40,” he said. “I guess I have to be working on some speed. I have the endurance and stamina, but just the speed I need.”
Reuben Stoby who has run 37 minutes before but settled for 42:15, said under the conditions, he’s not disappointed.
“I know where my fitness level is and guess I could have run a little faster, but I had some stitches two miles in and had to push through,” he said. “Once I realized the stitches weren’t going away, it was just to hold on for third, but two guys were inching up on me.”
Final results. Women: 1. Katrina Lindsay, 45 minutes and 19 seconds. 2. Kim Struiken, 46:33. 3. Rosmond Johnson, 50:09. 4. Gail Plaxton, 55:58. 5. Kay Reddy, 57:21. 6. Darwn Peters, 1:00.17. 7. Natasha Ruscheinski, 1:00.52. 8. Saungie Liburd, 1:07.17. 9. Rachael Page, 1:07.27. 10. Rovelyn Dimaala, 1:10.56. 11. Julie Schneider, 1:11.11. 12. Claire Santillan, 1:11:56. 13. Mary Macayanan, 1:12.30. 14. Nedy Dionicio, 1:12.53. 15. Nicole Toppin, 1:15.00. 16. Aurelie Legangneux, 1:17.40. 17. Sherylou Apelo, 1:21.50. 18.
Men: Clif Struiken, 37:12. 2. Julius Farley, 40:06. 3. Reuben Stoby, 42:15. 4. Derek Rawlings, 43:18. 5. Mark Stephenson, 44:00. 6. Daniel Mitchell, 45:40. 7. Colm Rafferty, 48:20. 8. Adrian Dale, 48:39. 9. Mark Harbison, 49:14. 10. Shane Donovan, 51:33. 11. Hendrick Vergeer, 52:51. 12. Matthew Freeman, 53:26. 13. Sean Wong, 54:58. 14. Rico Lasala, 55:04. 15. Gabriel Obregon, 55:38. 16. Tom Bonzon, 56:24. 17. Edwardo De Vera, 58:42. 18. Samuel Romney, 1:03.56. 19. Brandon kartick, 1:06.54. 20. Jim Cullimore, 1:16.27. 21. Ravenal Santos, 1:19.23. 22. Andrew Chen, 1:21.24.