By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
With an average 2 Mile leg of under 12 minutes, the Snipers team—comprised of Katrina “Kat” Lindsay, Julius Farley and Jermaine ‘JJ’ Ricketts—won the inaugural Mourant College Classic Series Relay Exchange on Saturday in Paraquita Bay. The event brought down the curtains on the 25th Anniversary Special Edition of the series, reshaped by COVID-19.
The event that attracted 14 three man teams with different running combinations, saw the Snipers coming to the line in 35 minutes and 43.79 seconds, to finish three minutes faster than the Sprint Tech trio of Johnathan Hing, Malik John and J’Mari Duhaney in 38:14.55. Fast Lane, with Lindsay being tagged by Jonathan Lynch and Kaleb Lynch, were third in 38:19.56.
“We had so much fun out there today. That was absolutely brilliant and what a turnout of runners and supporters, it was really good fun,” Lindsay told Island Sun Sports. “I had a good leg running up there with Jelani (Croal) and some of the other young boys from the track clubs, it was nice to see them and new people out here who wouldn’t usually be running and it made a great team. People tried this course for the first time and hopefully, they’ll come back when they go back to individual racing and hopefully, the relay will continue as well. Everyone would agree that was great.”
Zebalon McLean who has only missed one year of the series since its Oct 19, 1996 start and about eight races overall, told Island Sun Sports he always thought there would be another event with relays because it’s always fun.
“It seems not matter how tired you are or how long it is, as long as it’s a relay, it generates a lot of excitement for both the spectator and the runners,” he noted. “So I think the event went off very well. I was surprised at the level of enthusiasm and you had people running faster on the legs that they would have on the open 2 Miles, so I think the event was successful.”
Road Racing Director Kay Reddy, said the relay was awesome and brought out the team spirit and there were people coming together to form teams.
“The relay race really brings out the spirit of road running because it’s just fun,” she said. “You can cheer your team and you can cheer the other teams. It was fast at the front, some people got lapped, but it really is an absolute great idea.”
Darwn Peters said she thought it was a nice event, even though at first, she was wondering why break up the 2 Miles between the different groups.
“But it was pretty good,” she noted. “To me it finished in a decent time.”
Farley agreed the event was a good one.
“For a first time event, I enjoyed it,” he said. “The youngsters went out pretty hard but I just tired to keep up with them, so I ended up passing the one that was with me on the top of the hill, so it was pretty good. But they said our team is illegal, because we have three of the best runners on the same team, so they said that’s illegal.”
Michael Killhoury of the Rotary Club of Tortola, described it as a fantastic morning, even though the didn’t feel like getting out of bed.
“I had a few drinks last night, but now I feel so glad I managed to get here, do the relay, had a fantastic team with Mark (Stephenson) and Ixora (Wong) and we really enjoyed taking part,” he said. “And I hope this is a permanent part of the HLSCC College Classic calendar. I hope they do it again. They relay idea is great and we should keep it.”
Race Director Stephanie Russ Penn told Island Sun Sports that the relay was an excellent idea and had so much energy.
“I think a lot of people had good individual times throughout and it was a really, really awesome way to finish this 2020 race series,” she said, thanking sponsor Mourant for its support, the college for putting on the event and the community for its support. “I want to give a big thank you to all the participants, especially the relay teams that showed up today. We had 14 teams, they came out, had a good time, it was an excellent finale.”