Carrot Bay – BVI based Guyanese journalist Reuben Stoby continued his sudden dominance on the road racing scene by whipping the field in the 2nd race of the Blenheim Trust 5K series in Carrot Bay on March 28 last.
Fresh off the Dive BVI 5K Series on Virgin Gorda where he ran 18:18 in the final race of the series a week ago to smash his own record, Stoby ran unchallenged from start to finish to win in 17:41 minutes, yet another course record.
“I have trained hard, I stuck with the race plan to go out hard and I thank God for preserving me through this race. I am very happy with achieving my goal of running under 18 minutes this year. Having done that so early into the season makes me want to think about running sub 17 by the end of this year,” Stoby told Just Sports Magazine following the win.
Winner of the first race in the series, Tarique Moses, found the pace too much and never put up a meaningful challenge on the course that included two steep climbs. Moses crossed the line in 18:14:30. “He (Stoby) had a much larger lead on me in the race and I managed to close the gap a little but he was very strong today,” Moses said.
Finishing third was Dive BVI 5K Series overall winner Julius Farley in 19:35.03. Farley, who said he prefers the 10K distance, said the course was a cool one but the pace was hot. “The course was nice and cool. I tried to keep up a bit with Tarique but couldn’t hold on so I decided to settle for third.”
Meanwhile, Stoby’s winning time of 17:41 was the second fastest time ever run in the 5K on Tortola. The 5K record currently stands at 17:36 and was set on the flat Road Town course some years ago.
The women’s race was won by Katrina Crumpler in a time of 21:04.23. Crumpler said she was hoping to go under 21 minutes but was, nevertheless, pleased with the win. In second was Dive BVI 5K Series winner Rosmond Johnson in 22:02.66. “I am happy with my time because I did a much better time in Virgin Gorda even though this course had hills and I often tell myself I am not good on the hills.” Third was Melissa Bruner in 23:25.50. The next race of the series is on Beef Island on April 18, next. (Just Sports Magazine)
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