Victor, Lindsay continue to set Mourant College Classic Series pace | Island Sun

Victor, Lindsay continue to set Mourant College Classic Series pace

Caption: 2 Milers start at the top, runners going around the roundabout and the One Mile starters in Saturday’s Mourant College Classic Series race 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Rowan “Rosie” Victor and Katrina “Kat” Lindsay won their second Mourant College Classic Series races Saturday on Tortola, in the event that attracted 177 participants in two divisions.

Victor overhauled Lynch in the last 350 meters to stop the clock in 11 minutes 50.16 seconds—the only runner breaking 12 minutes on the 2 Miles course. Lynch followed in 12:02.53.

“Well, it was definitely harder  than the first one. Lynch pushed me a bit more this time, he extended the lead till right before the home stretch, I saw him pulled up again, I was like ok, it’s time to push buy and I won the race,” Victor said, noting that he didn’t push the pace earlier. “How I felt this time, it was more difficult. So as much time as I tried to push, I couldn’t. I just had to wait it out.”

When told he has a target on his back, Victor said it’s not his concern.

“All I’m running for is for time,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking for.”

Lynch who ran 11:51.98 in the opener, said the race felt faster.   

“I was hoping to come out with the victory today, but Rosie beat me,” he said after pushing the pace for the better part of the race. “I started to vomit then he passed me.”

Lindsay, seventh overall in 12:39.36, said she’s trying to push herself back to see where she can get her speed and noted that her Coach Limiel Hodge, was going to be shaking his head after her poor start.

“I could not have had a worse start today so next time, I may run a bit faster and if I get a better start, I’ll be on a time that I’m happy with,” she said. “My training has been consistent which is what I need, just getting the runs in more than anything. Not trying to put in any speed or anything because for me, that’s going to lead to injury. I’ve got the longer Half Marathon in mind so keeping it consistent  and getting the miles in and it seems to be working for me.”

Meanwhile, Zebalon McLean—who ran in the inaugural race on Oct 19, 1996, has only missed eight races over the 27 years of the event. He said while he’s having a slower finish, he’s still enjoying it and is always happy to see more participants.

“It’s the one event where you have every age group, every persuasion, every level of fitness and running two miles isn’t going to kill you. You don’t have to be in shape,” he noted. “When you come and do it, if you’re out of shape it motivates you to get into better shape. I’m happy to see the level of participation we continue to have year after year.”

At 80, Audley Maduro was the race’s oldest participant and was joined by his wife Delma. He said when he was in school, he learned in physics, that an object in motion stays in motion. As a result, he now walks after running and swimming a lot.

“I did make the mistake and said I’ve been doing this so long now I could take it easy,” he said. “I could tell you. Piece of back pain took me and I said you know what, as long as I’m able I’m going to walk. I know it works for me (and) I know it will work for anyone.”–