Lindsay, Struiken Victorious in Ceres 10K Opener On Tortola


Katrina Lindsay, 2nd right, leads Kim Struiken in the chase pack during Saturday’s opener of the Ceres Juices 10K Series

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.