By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Clif Struiken sliced four minutes from Reuben Stoby’s Prison Break 10K and Katrina “Kat” Lindsay improved her own 2 miles record, competing in the Ceres Juices 10K Series on Beef Island and the HLSCC Mourant College Classic Series on Virgin Gorda respectively.
In his first 10K of the season as he prepares for the Nov 30, Deloite-Ogier BVI Sunrise Half Marathon, Struiken led the field around the 6.2 miles course that took in vistas of Beef Island and Tortola heading towards the prison, to win in 35 minutes and 54 seconds. In the process, he shattered Stoby’s 40:45 course mark and finished one minute ahead of Neil Riley’s 36:54—the only runners under 40 minutes.
“I managed to keep a steady pace the first 5, 6km and then the hill came in on the Prison Break and it was hard—it took a lot out of me,” Struiken noted. “But, on character I kept going and got in a very decent time. I’m very happy with my race today. Good training for my gold this year in the Half Marathon.”
Struiken said he looked up the course record before the race and thought he could best the mark.
“I knew it was going to be tough, but I think I did really well breaking it,” he said.
Riley said the race was much tougher than the recent races he ran.
“Cliff went out the blocks pretty quick and I thought maybe I can stay with him—I didn’t gain much ground—and the hills in the second half, I wasn’t expecting it to be as hilly and tough as it was, and it really kinda threw me,” Riley said. “I’m happy with my time in the end, but I need to do a bit of work to catch up on Clif.”
Julianne Potgieter who ran a 46:58 personal best said it was a really strong race, though she walked the hill.
“I could not do it, it was too steep,” she said.
Race Director Kay Reddy said it was a great race with bout 80% of it being flat.
“We put a big kicker of a hill right at the end just to sort the men from the boys and it was quite difficult,” she noted. “Clif came in first and for a course that’s very very hilly, 35 minutes is absolutely insane. We had a talk about the course and I told him he’d come in in 38 and came in in 35, just ahead of Neil, absolutely insane.”
On Virgin Gorda, Lindsay improved her own HLSCC Mourant College Classic Series record from 11 minutes and 48.38 seconds to 11:40.34.