Maxford Pipe wins Ceres Juices 10k Series opener

By: Dean Greenaway

Maxford Pipe, 2nd runner and the lead group heading out of the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds before he broke away and went on to victory PHOTO: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Maxford Pipe, 2nd runner and the lead group heading out of the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds before he broke away and went on to victory Photo credit: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Versatile Maxford Pipe had his easiest weekend of the season in winning the kick off of the 2014 Ceres Juices 10K Series on Saturday.

Typically playing Cricket and Football as well, his Vincy team was eliminated from the June 1 Digicel Twenty 20 final and his Football team was not in action. Added to the mix, Guy Williamson, his biggest road racing rival was also absent.

Running unchallenged, Pipe took control within the first quarter mile of the City Circuit race en route to winning in 41 minutes and 33 seconds. He was followed by Julius Farley in 43:42 and Ian Montgomery in 43:55.

“First of all, I must give God thanks for health and strength in running this race,” Pipe said. “It was a flat course, no hills and I enjoyed it a lot. But, I miss Guy. If he was here, I would have run a faster race. I’m satisfied with the time of just over 40 minutes and hopefully I’ll get it down and under 40 minutes by the end of the series.“

Pipe said he set a goal of breaking 19 minutes in the recently concluded Blenheim Trust 5K Series and he accomplished it and is looking to meet his time goal in the longer race. “It will take some hard work and getting my body back into it again,” he explained. “I hope the races aren’t too far apart so I can train harder, keep my body fit and healthy so I can make the time.”

Katrina Crumpler—seventh overall—was the top woman in 47:47 and was followed by Prudence Cooper in 51:04 and NiMade Oniaish in 52.08.

Crumpler, who ran the Chicago Marathon in 3hrs 25.09 said it was a good course, a good turnout and she loves the 10K Series. “I’m still getting back into the season of running and I’m not back into form from last year,” she noted, with her last competition being a victory in the recent Virgin Gorda Half Marathon. “It’s a good enough time and I’m happy.”

The next race in the series that leads up to the BVI Half Marathon in November, is on June 28 in Carrot Bay.

Final Results: 1. Maxford Pipe, 41 minutes and 33 seconds.  2. Julius Farley, 43:42. 3. Ian Montgomery, 43:55. 4. Curwin Andrews, 44:59. 5. Ravindra Sukhu, 45:28. 6. Adam De Monte, 47:37. 7. David Kinkead, 48:06. 8. Zebalon McLean, 50:21. 9. Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, 50:26. 10. Adrian Dale, 50:32. 11. Shaun Reardon John, 50:57. 12. Charles Kerins, 52:08. 13. Joseph McIvor, 57:32. 14. Paul Hubbard, 53:16. 15. Shane Donovan, 54:26. 16. Jude Kinkead, 56:51. 17. Kenton Brewley, 1:00.36. 18. Ruairi Burke, 1:01.58. 19. Andrew Willins, 1:02.28. 20. Howard Moore, 1:04.47. 21. Stephen Beard, 1:07.09.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 47:47.  2. Prudence Cooper, 51:04. 3. NiMade Oniasih, 52:08.  4. Clare-Louise Whiley, 53:35.  5. Kay Reddy, 56:04.  6. Natasha Ruscheinski, 56:25. 7. Anna Kinkead, 56:52.  8. Sue Tucker, 57:30. 9. Gillian Plaxton, 58:12. 10. Rosmond Johnson, 58:42.  11. Sally Blackmore, 59:50. 12. Samantha Sukhu, 1:00.30. 13. Philomena Robertson, 1:04.16.  14. Maureen Peters, 1:04.57.  15. Amity Hill, 1:11.24.

Power Walking: Men. 1. Deberio Alexis, 1:28:17. Women: 1. Sophie Bennett, 1:31:32.  2. Juliet Wade, 1:37:40.