By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
As Julius Farley faded near the top of the hill returning from Long Bay, West End during Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series tour stop in Carrot Bay, Neil Riley pounced on his opponent just before the summit and went on to victory in 44 minutes and 56, in the only sporting action in the wake of Hurricane Jerry’s spate of cancelations.
“There were three hills on the way back and Julius was flying up them in front of me and on the second to last one, he dripped off the pace a little bit and I saw my moment to go for it,” Riley noted. “I kicked up the hill and I didn’t look back from there. It hurt to do it, but it was a good tactic in the end.”
Farley who has run the race in 40:34 before, said it was tough race.
“I don’t know if it’s that I’m not training that much, but this seemed like the hardest race I’ve ever done,” he explained. “Compared with the (Tortola) Torture, I think this was equally hard. I’m suffering with a slight knee injury and I didn’t want to push it too hard so that’s one of the factors I didn’t do my best in this one.”
It was Riley’s first time running the Carrot Bay race.
“It was horrible, really horrible,” he said. “Going out, not too bad, but coming back the heat, the humidity and those hills just sapped you. You think you’re nearly done and you got another hill left. People had warned me about this one. I didn’t respect it as I could have and I put myself in the hurt locker a little bit.”
Katrina Lindsay, fifth overall was the top woman in 48:30.
It was nice to be running it and not have (Hurricane) Jerry interrupting it,” she said. “It was a beautiful day for it, running on the way out and then you hit the hills and that’s when you start to feel it. I wasn’t’ sure how to run it as I’d been training more for the One Mile and 2-Mile races. I was trying to keep a steady pace and not push it because you know you had a next hill coming.”
Richard Hadley 1st, led the field from the start then faded badly to 18thplace in 58:44.
“I started off first, and thought it was the 2 Mile Series run, so I thought I was going to win but it turned out to be 10K instead,” he said. “That’s why I started off so fast. I though it was going to be 15 minutes, so I sprinted the whole way, then got to the hills and it was 10K instead of 3K.”
Caroline Sorrentino who placed ninth in 53:09 and was the second woman, was among three first time entrants in the race.
“I thought it was a really good course, the hills were very challenging , but it felt a lot shorter once you got to the turnaround point than I expected, so it was a very good challenge, I enjoyed it,” she noted. “It was a really good run and there were a lot of good runners out so it was nice to be running amongst them.”