By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
In 2016, St. John’s TJ HIndes didn’t make it past Bomba Shack in the grueling 33.4 miles KPMG Tortola Torture, run over the island’s most rugged terrain, including climbs up Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay hills.
“I dropped out in 2016 and it’s been on my mind,” HIndes told Island Sun Sports. “I’ve got this shirt at home, the shirt from 2016 from the race, sitting in the bottom of my drawer, now I can finally wear it.”
Hindes covered the course in 4 hours 54 minutes and 33 seconds.
“I felt good today, managed to catch up with them about mile 12-ish probably in the hills and I managed to hang on for first,” he said. “The course is tough. The last six miles are horrendous. The first 20-plus is fine, but the last six was really, really hard.”
Julius Farley, the first local runner was second 4:58.02, followed by St. Croix’s Bill Bohlke in 5:12.55.
“Well this was a tough one. I wasn’t up to it at all,” Farley said. “In the last week coming into this race, I was feeling so much pain, pain coming from all angles of my body—all over was pain. I was actually about to call Richard (Morgan, race organizer) and tell him anyone that wants someone to run a relay leg, I would join them. But, some people told me coming on the race, I might feel better. I felt a little better today.”
Farley said he was slowed after his groin started hurting just past the 10 miles mark and he walked all the hills.
“This is a great achievement,” he said of breaking the five-hour barrier. “To go out and achieve something you set out to do is a good achievement.”
St. Croix’s Allison Janusziewicz was the top woman in 6:08.54, said she was part of a relay last year, running the first flat 10 miles and decided to do the whole thing this year.
“Man, those hills are killers and I definitely felt the name of the race, Torture,” she said. “Once I got through those hills, maybe mile 20, I was kinda fresh and ready to run some more. It was hot, but the breeze was really gorgeous. It was a good race. Everyone at the aid stations were really helpful and it was nice to see so many friendly faces out there.”
Julaine Potgieter, celebrating her 40thbirthday, was second in 6:16.43.
“Finishing this in general is great,” she said. “I like the course. I might sound crazy but, I don’t run the hills I walk them, so up until Beef Island I was fine, but the last little loop on Little Mountain, that was a killer. That’s when I wanted to stop. Everything started to hurt and I cramped up. Until then, I was as happy as a Lark.”
Event founder Richard Morgan said it was an ‘amazing event.’
“The winning time was out of this world, for one of the fastest none pro’s we’ve had in TJ HIndes,” he said. “Second we had Julius Farley bringing it in for the BVI which is just amazing. Overall, everyone has done super. It has not been too hot, we’ve had a few people dropping out—we get that every year—but overall, the event has gone really, really well.”