Stoby, Crumpler Top Blenheim 5K Field On Beef Island

The women got a 3 minutes start ahead of the men and only Reuben Stoby was able to catch them. PHOTO: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

The women got a 3 minutes start ahead of the men and only Reuben Stoby was able to catch them. PHOTO: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

By BVI Athletics Association

Reuben Stoby and Katrina Crumpler were the top men and women’s finishers in Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Series tour stop on Beef Island, where the women had a three minutes start on the men and only Stoby managed to get to the line before the first woman.

Stoby, whose aim was to catch all the women, meandered the course from Long Bay Beach past the airport and return in 17 minutes and 56.6 seconds.

“The only thing is after I caught them, I slowed down a bit, but I wanted to run a faster time,” he said. “It wasn’t hard trying to catch them. I paced myself really well and I was just patient keeping an eye on them.”

While he wanted to go faster, Stoby said he has been joined by his wife and child and had been spending time with them. “I was only able to do one speed session for the week,” he said. “I still have that sub 17 5K in mind and I’ll get back to training by next week.”

Crumpler who held off Rosmond Johnson to win the women’s division in 21:50.6, in a speed work tune up for the upcoming Boston Marathon, said she didn’t want Stoby to catch her.

“He caught me well before the line and I tried to keep up with him, but he’s too fast,” she said. “I kind of knew he’d catch me and that was fine. It was a fun race. It was one of the closest ones in a long time. Rosmond was right behind me and I thought she was going to overtake me around two miles. She tucked in behind me and pushed me along and I stayed ahead of her but only by a few seconds.”

Crumpler who has two training Marathons under her belt already this year, said she’s aiming to do slightly better than the 3:23 she did in Boston a year ago. “It will depend on weather conditions on the day,” she said. “We’ll see. I’m just going to enjoy it really.”

Final Results. Men: 1. Reuben Stoby, 17 minutes, 56.6 seconds.  2. Julius Farley, 19:21.5.  3. Guy Williamson, 19:46.9.  4. Martin Trott, 20:50.5.  5. Daniel Mitchell, 21:29.1.  6. Shane Donovan, 21:43.9.  7. Adrian Dale, 21:51.8.  8. Zebalon Mclean, 22:42.1.  9. Reu Rymer, 22:43.6.  10. Stefano Tasking, 22:57.1.  11. Patrick Ormond, 23:15.4.  12. Luka Chalwell, 24:04.3.  13. Claudius Rhymer, 24:51.0.  14. Gabriel Obregon, 26:02.0.  15. Dennis Delacruz, 26:36.6.  16. Luke Plummer, 26:37.4.  17. Dennis Versoza, 26:37.9.  18. Sammy Potgieter, 27:17.0.  19. Teejay Torres, 29:09.8.  20. Jim Cullimore, 30:29.2.  21. Howard Moore, 32:00.6.  22. Barry Leon, 36:34.7.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 21:50.6.  2. Rosmond Johnson, 21:55.4.  3. Melissa Brunner, 22:51.5.  4. Kay Reddy, 24:20.3.  5. Lauren Julien, 24:34.0.  6. Melisande Rowe, 24:41.5.  7. Juliane Potgieter, 27:17.9  8. Cayley Smit, 27:20.0.  9. Zoe Bickerton, 28:14.1.  10. Vanessa King, 29:52.7  11. Claire Santillan, 31:13.4.  12. Nedy Ador Dionicio, 31:40.1. 13. Saungie Liburd, 33:22.6.  14. Ghislaine Hoogendijk, 38:45.7.  15. Sydney Smith, 39:01.0.  16. Barbara Pinnock-Smith, 39:09.1.

Power Walkers: 1. Shirley Liburd, 47:14.9.  2. Dawn Nagar, 59:09.5.

Visiting Student Breaks Blenheim Trust 5k Record In Carrot Bay


Samuel Goldstein, 154, Reuben Stoby, 205, Julius Farley, 170 & Guy Williamson, 28, preparing to break away from the field in Saturday's race. Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Samuel Goldstein, 154, Reuben Stoby, 205, Julius Farley, 170 & Guy Williamson, 28, preparing to break away from the field in Saturday’s race. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Samuel Goldstein, a student at Ashville, a prep boarding school in North Carolina, will remember his 2016 Spring Break visit to the British Virgin Islands – his fourth trip here – joining his family who have been coming to the territory since 1976.

Goldstein laid off the pace, then surged past early leader Reuben Stoby to win Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Carrot Bay Classic in a course record time of 16 minutes, 50.1 seconds. For Stoby who was second in 17:23, it was his second successive setback after Vincent Fourniner took the opening race of the series in Road Town.

“It was a great race and he took it out hard and was giving me a little fear,” Goldstein said. “I passed him after the hill-a bigger hill than I thought I would be-the grade coming back was not as bad as I expected it and I was able to get on top of it really well and I was able to push to the finish.”

Goldstein thanked his coach John Smith for preparing him over the winter. “This was a great opener,” he said. “Now, I have to start preparing for track.”

Before the race, Stoby said Goldstein told him that he was a sub 17 minute runner over 5K. “I knew I was going to be up against some competition,” Stoby said. “It’s a pity I wasn’t able to go with him to push myself a little bit more, but I wasn’t in top top shape. I think I may have taken it out too hard trying to set the pace. I wanted to go hard, see if I could make a break away but he didn’t bite that one.”

Women’s winner Rosmond Johnson who’s recovering from the flu and ran 22 minutes even, said it was a challenging race.  “At one point I thought I wouldn’t pull through but I did, thank God,” she said. “On the hill coming back, I felt a little shortness of breath so I stopped, caught my breath and then I went again. I pulled through and I won.”

The race was something Vanessa King always wanted to do, but as a new mommy she decided to use the race to get back in shape. “I always wanted to do it so I decided to take an item off my bucket list,” she said. “It was tough for me as a newbie but I enjoyed it. I liked that the course was by the water and you had the sea breeze and it wasn’t hot. I also liked that we had the challenge of a hill and it wasn’t just flat and I liked the spirit of the runners. They cheered you on.”

Final Results.
Men: 1. Samuel Goldstein, 16 minutes 50.10 seconds. 2. Reuben Stoby, 17:23.5.  3. Julius Farley, 18:44.5.  4. Guy Williamson, 19:07.8. 5. Jeremy Zuber, 19:44.4. 6. Alex Dale, 19:59.5.  7. Paul Hubbard, Simon Cook, 20:10.5.  9. Antony Spencer, 20:29.5.  10. Martin Trott, 20:49.3. 11. Guyp Dubois, 21:00.9.  12. Adrian Dale, 21:05.5.  13. Emrol Amsterdam, 21:12.7.  14. Reu Rymer, 21:42.5. 15. Chris Berlet, 22:12.8. 16. Dave Pettigrew, 22:23.2.  17. Gabriel Obregon, 23:07.3.  18. Luka Chalwell, 23:37.3.  19. Claudius Rhymer, 24:14.8.  20. Aaron Gardner, 24:22.2.  21. Zebalon Mclean, 25:28.5.  22. Barry O’Lane, 25:30.1.  23. Dennis Versoza, 25:43.7.  24. Richard Morgan, 27:28.7.  25. Howard Moore, 29:35.6.  26. Dennis Delacruz, 29:38.6.  27. Teejay Torres, 29:57.1.  28. Shane Donovan, 29:59.3.  29. Marvin Flax, 30:04.5. 30. Jim Cullimore, 30:30.0.  31. Ravenol Santos, 31:29.5.  32. Barry Leon, 34:55.2.  33. Robert Williamson,36:15.8.

Women: 1. Rosmond Johnson, 22:00.5.  2. Melissa Brunner, 22:29.2.  3. Lauren Julien, 23:14.2.  4. Juliane Potgieter, 23:51.5.  5. Kay Reddy, 23:52.2.  6. Gillian Plaxton, 24:32.1.  7. Philomena Robertson, 25:27.4.  8. Simone Gribble, 25:29.9.  9. Melisande Rowe, 25:49.5.  10. Brodie Faragher, 26:00.5.  11. Jude Holmes, 27:27.5.  12. Clair Burke, 28:00.0. 13. Cayley Smit, 28:00.0.  14. Zoe Bickerton, 28:26.4.  15. Vanessa King, 30:43.9. 16. Nedy Ador Dionicio, 31:11.7. 17. Simpa Ganadillo, 31:38.8.

Walkers: 1. Adenike Sicard, 51:52.1.  2. Belinda Dabbs, 56:10.5.

Youth 1 Mile: 1. Sammy Potgieter 8.20.    2.  Charlie Potgieter, 8.55.   3. Sebbie and Xavier Morgan, 10.49.  5.  James Tucker 14.45.

Johnson and Stoby Crowned Champions of Ceres Juices 10K Series

Photo by VINO

Photo by VINO


Both Rosmond Johnson and Reuben J. A. Stoby were crowned champions when the Ceres Juices 10K Series wrapped up at the Watering Hole on Saturday November 21, 2015.

Stoby romped to a comfortable win in the final race of the series, which took runners from just outside Banco Popular to a turnaround at Struggling Man in Sea Cows Bay, with a Personal Best of 37:50.04. Vincent Fournier, running for the first time competitively on the course, came second in 37:57.47 and Julius Farley finished third in a time of 38:51.36.

Stoby led from start to finish and had opened up a huge lead on his main challengers Fournier and Farley, however, on the return Fournier began to eat into the lead and came to within some 20 metres of Stoby, who was able to switch gears for a sprint finish to win comfortably and in one of the fastest 10k times in the territory.

“A PB for me. I am so happy about that. I ran 38:23 in training on the course so I knew I could break into 37 minutes,” commented Stoby. “I was worried about the heat ahead of the race, but the conditions turned out to be good and then I was pushed to a fast time by Vincent Fournier. It was a good race and sets me up nicely for the BVI Half Marathon later in the year.”

Stoby, who bases his runs on time rather than who he is running against, said “It’s not easy to run out front and run fast times so it’s always good to have competition. However, I never know who will show up for a race here so I just set myself goal times and work towards that.”

He added that he is looking forward to the 10th BVI Sunrise Half Marathon on December 5, 2015 and is relishing the thought of running against Shane DeGannes of the USVI and possibly Pamenos Ballantyne of St Vincent and the Grenadines. “I fancy myself to run a fast time. I respect those two guys but I also believe in myself and my ability.”

Stoby, who is sponsored by Nagico Insurances, has had a successful year on the local road racing scene. He won the Dive BVI 10K series, Blenheim Trust 5K series, where he was crowned All Comers Champion, placed second in the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon, crowned Highland Spring College Classic Series 2-Mile Champion and Ceres Juices 10K Champion.

Added to that he participated in the NACAC 10K in Petit Bourg in October and another 10K in Basse Terre, Guadeloupe earlier this month, where he competed against some of the best in the Caribbean as well as Kenya, Canada, France and Mexico.

Success in the BVI Half Marathon would be the icing on the cake for Stoby, who only started competitive running in 2013.

Johnson, who finished the final race in second place with her time of 48:41.85 behind Melissa Brunner’s 48:03.40, commented that it was a great race. “I ran all the way to the turnaround and was in the lead until the Island Department Store when Melissa passed me. I just took my time though as I had already won the series, but then at the hospital I decided to try and pass her and put in a sprint, but didn’t quite manage it.”

Johnson, who is also looking forward to the Half Marathon and is aiming at a top five finish, recently won the Highland Spring College Classic 2-Mile Series. She also participated in the NACAC 10K in Petit Bourg, Guadeloupe.

Prizes, which included Ceres Juices, Niagara Water, Peach Chutney, Bos Ice Tea and other items from Proudly African as well as gift vouchers and other items from Relish (a soon to be opened store next to the Watering Hole) were doled out to the champion athletes and persons completing three races.

Stoby holds off young Romney to win College Classic Series race

350x_1_12020002_10153717927096057_190454808334560334_n_01By VINO
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- 14-year old Samuel Romney made it an exciting battle in the 3rd race of the Highland Spring College Classic 2-mile race series on Tortola on October 24, 2015 as he pushed series leader Reuben J. A. Stoby all the way to the finish line.

Romney took an early lead as Stoby started at a slow pace but eventually pursued the young Romney who was pushing a decent and consistent pace that even recognised road runners Julius Farley and Guy Williamson didn’t try to match.

The two ran together from just before the turnaround on Agriculture Road in Paraquita Bay and at one point Romney even tried to get away from Stoby who was tucked in behind him. Stoby accelerated on the final turn to the finish but Romney refused to be dropped as he dug deep but Stoby had the stronger legs.

Stoby clocked 11:25 for the win and has virtually won the series having won three races. The two-mile series adds to his 5k and 10k series titles this year.

Romney came close behind in 11:28.

Julius Farley was third in 11:58, Guy Williamson fourth in 12:08 and Ronique Todman fifth.

Meanwhile, another youngster Kira Romney burst on to the scene with victory in the women’s two-mile race. Romney recorded a time of 15:00 to edge out veteran road runner Kay Reddy (15:09). Gillian Plaxton was third in 15:47.

To mark World Polio Day, the Rotary Club of Tortola teamed up with the HLSCC College Classic Series to race for the final eradication of polio worldwide.


Farley & Ferrari win Ceres Juices 10k on Beef Island

Photo courtesy of Dean Greenaway

Photo courtesy of Dean Greenaway


Julius Farley and Claudia Ferrari were victorious in the return of the Ceres Juices 10K Series tour stop on Beef Island on Saturday October 17, 2015.

Farley, who had been finishing behind Reuben Stoby in the better part of the series, avenged an earlier loss to Guy Williamson in Carrot Bay, by pulling away from his rival on the second of three loops to finish one minute ahead. He cut the tape at 40 minutes and 33 seconds. Williamson was timed in 41:32.

“We did the first lap and a half together and Guy was trailing close behind and then I managed to ease him off a bit and continued,” Farley noted. “I was looking to do about 40 minutes and I’m quite satisfied with 40:33.”

Williamson said he didn’t have the fitness and Farley kept a nice steady pace all the way around. “I tried to stick with it, but I’m happy with my time,” he said. “I did what I could but he pushed a nice pace.”

Ferrari, who is preparing for the November 1 New York Marathon along with four others in the race, was the women’s winner in 53:21 and said she was quite surprised. “I’ve never come first before,” she explained. “I’ve been doing a lot of training. I’m doing the New York Marathon in two weeks. This is good preparation and I’ve done a lot of training so it shows that the preparation pays off.”

The series season finale is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Nov 7 in Road Town. The race will head down to Sea Cows Bay, with a turnaround by the Ellis Thomas Downs. Awards will be doled out following the event.

Meanwhile, Ceres Juices 10K Series winners Reuben Stoby and Rosmond Johnson competed in the NACAC Petit Bourg 10K in Guadeloupe on Saturday October 17, 2015.

Stoby completed the tough looping course in 40:31for a 17th place finish in the race that was won by defending champion Juan Carlos Romero of Mexico in 30: 55. Second was Kenneth Rotich of Kenya and third Keenan Viney of Canada.

Johnson finished in 52:37 for 13th in the women’s category. That race was won by Laura Batterink of Canada who set a new course record of 35:38 Second was Tonya Nero of Trinidad and Tobago and third Linda McDowell of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The race attracted 223 athletes.

Final results for Ceres Juices 10K race on October 17, 2015 at Beef Island:

Men: 1. Julius Farley, 40 minutes and 33 seconds. 2. Guy Williamson, 41:32. 3. Adam D’Monte, 43:31. 4. Steven Asson, 45:21. 5. Zebalon McLean, 46:32 6. Simon Cook, 46:33. 7. Adrian Dale, 48:40. 8. Dan Mitchell, 51:17. 9. Guyp Dubois, 51:25. 10. Claudius Rhymer, 56:02. 11. Ruairi Bourke, 56:50. 12. Javier Smith, 1:02.22. 13. Howard Moore, 1:06.03. 14. Stephen Beard, 1:10.06.

Women: 1. Claudia Ferrari, 53:21. 2. Kay Reddy, 53:59. 3. Lauren Julien, 54:00. 4. Philomena Robertson, 57:07. 5. Rhiannon Jones, 58:36. 6. Kerry Dos Santos, 1:03.17. 7. Natasha Ruscheinski, 1:04.14. 8. Barbara O’Neal, 1:05.30. 9. Sarah Carroll, 1:05.59. 10. Clair Burke, 1:07.27. 11. Cayley Smit, 1:07.39.

4 miles: 1. Zoe Bickerton, 40:31. 2. Jenni Dobbie, 42:24. 3. Ambeeka Glasgow, 48.30. 2 miles: 1. Simone Dabreo.

Power Walkers: 1. Shirley Liburd, 1:30.00. 2. Bill Kinkead, 1:33.03. 3. Sophie Bennett, 1:35. 35.

Stoby and Johnson extend 10K winning streaks


Rosmond Johnson extended her winning streak during Saturday's Ceres Juices 10K Series race on Beef Island. Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Rosmond Johnson extended her winning streak during Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series race on Beef Island. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Reuben Stoby and Rosmond Johnson extended their respective men and women’s division road racing winning streaks during Saturday’s Ceres Juices 10K Series race tour stop on Beef Island.

On a less challenging course than the one in Carrot Bay, Stoby took the race out early to win in 39 minutes and 28 seconds. Julius Farley finished in 40:05 and Ian Montgomery, 40:14.

“I wanted to win this race to dedicate to my wife Yonette who I recently married,” Stoby said. “In fact, after not being in a racing mood up to last evening she encouraged me to go run and give my best and am just thrilled to have won.”

Stoby said the strategy was to go hard and intimidate the competition a little. “That’s that is why I started at such a crazy pace,” he said. “I was very pleased to see no one opted to go with me so I had a comfortable lead throughout the race. 39:28 is not a bad time but I would surely like to be running 37 minutes before the series ends. I think that is very achievable.”

Rosmond Johnson, despite taking a wrong turn and had to retrace her steps, ran 49:04 to take the women’s race ahead of Melissa Brunner who passed her on a hill at one point. “The race was really good,” she noted. “It was hot, but, I managed to finish. I did’t have a big competition with the ladies. Most of the times I looked around, no lady was close to me.”

Final results
1. Reuben Stoby, 39 minutes and 28 seconds. 2. Julius Farley, 40:05. 3. Ian Montgomery, 40:14. 4. Adam D’Monte, 42.30.5. Alex Dale, 42:31. 6. Mark Stephenson, 45:38. 7. Paul Hubbard, 45:52. 8. Simon Cook, 48:03. 9. Zebalon McLean, 48:43. 10. Dan Mitchell, 49:29. 11. Shane Donovan, 50:12. 12. Gabriel Obregon, 51:06. 13. Aaron Gardner, 51:06. 14. Ishwar Persad, 51:44. 15. Guyp Dubois, 52:29. 16. Ruairi Bourke, 55:55. 17. Luke Plummer, 56:29. 18. Frederic Lavalierre, 56:30. 19. Claudius Rhymer, 57:32. 20. Gareth Watkins, 59:55. 21. Sjoerd Koster, 1:00.51. 22. Gavin Foster, 1:02:05. 23. Thomas Parish, 1:05.19. 24. Howard Moore, 1:06.55. 25. Richard Parchment, 1:20.00.

1. Rosmond Johnson, 49:04. 2. Melissa Brunner, 50:21. 3. Claudia Ferrari, 54:22. 4. Debbie Bell, 56:19. 5. Natasha Ruscheinski, 1:00.27. 6. Rachel Sexton, 1:02.34. 7. Barbara O’Neal, 1:02.44. 8. Clair Burke, 1:07.21. 9. Philomena Robertson, 1:12.17.

3.5 Miles:
Women: 1. Emily Drinkwater, 36:13.
Men: 1. Brandon O’Reilly, 39:30.

Power Walkers:
Shirley Liburd, 1:50.00.

Stoby over powers Williamson, Farley in last mile of 10K


Ceres Juices 10k Series race  through Carrot Bay. Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Ceres Juices 10k Series race through Carrot Bay. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

During training his runs, Reuben Stoby ran the Ceres Juices 10K Series course from Carrot Bay to Smugglers Cove and return, faster than the 42 minutes and 20 seconds he covered it on Saturday.

But then, he ran alone. There was no cat and mouse game and he didn’t have pressure from Guy Williamson nor Julius Farley over the scenic hilly course on Tortola’s north west coast that also offered a bit of off road running.

“The plan was just to stay with the guys because the pace was really good so I had to be careful not to fall behind,” noted Stoby, joking that it was revenge from two years ago when he was beaten by Williamson. “It was a really good run. I was thankful that the guys pushed the pace this morning and we were able to have a competitive race throughout.”

Stoby said his strategy was to survive the steep climb out of Long Bay, then ease into the pace over the final two miles and on the last incline before the Carrot Bay decent, it was just him and Williamson as Farley fell off the pace. “I got the confidence to push a little bit more and noticed that he fell back,” Stoby said.

Williamson said the pace was fast and with the hills it mixed the terrain and a lot of hamstring and quad muscles were employed up and down the hills. “It’s really tiring on your body,” noted Williamson who played rugby on Friday night in nearby Capoons Bay. “Reuben showed some class again at the end. I didn’t have enough stamina to keep up in the end.”

Farley who pressed the pace up the hills said he developed some nasty stitches in the last mile. “I tried to press on but I just couldn’t keep up,” he said. “But it was a good race.”

In a similar fashion, women’s winner Rosmond Johnson walked on the steepest parts of the course but was able to keep Melissa Brunner who loves running hills at bay. “It was a bit challenging, the road was rocky and the hill was steep but I survived,” Johnson stated. “At one point, I thought Melissa was going to pass me, because I’m not really good at hills but I managed. I walked up and ran down fast. So I made it and I’m happy.”

Brunner said she faster on the incline then struggles on the decent. “I tried really hard to pass her on the up and tired to keep close to her on the down but not today,” she pointed out.

Final Results:
1. Reuben Stoby, 42 minutes and 20 seconds. 2. Guy Williamson, 42:41. 3. Julius Farley, 42:55. 4. Ian Montgomery, 47:36. 5. Mark Stephenson, 50:40. 6. Simon Cook, 52:42. 7. Dan Mitchell, 52:53. 8. Adrian Dale, 54:24. 9. Adam D’Monte, 55:34. 10. Aaron Gardner, 55:38. 11. Guyp Dubois, 57:39. 12. Shane Donovan, 58:23. 13. Gabriel Obregon, 58:57. 14. Ishwar Persad, 59:11. 15. Gareth Watkins, 1:02.35. 16. Sjoerd Koster, 1:06.33. 17. Claudius Rhymer, 1:08.00. 18. Jonathan McCarthy, 1:08.58. 19. Howard Moore, 1:11.56. 20. Ruairi Bourke, 1:12.43. 21. Danger, 1:19.11. 22. Richard Parchment, 1:45.03.

1. Rosmond Johnson, 53:41. 2. Melissa Brunner, 54:36. 3. NiMade Oniasih, 56:37. 4. Kay Reddy, 1:00.10. 5. Claudia Ferrari, 1:00.18. 6. Lauren Julien, 1:00.45. 7. Rhiannon Jones, 1:03.46. 8. Debbie Bell, 1:04.26. 9. Clair Burke, 1:12.43. 10. Natasha Gunney, 1:18.45.

1. Adenike Sicard, 33:49.

Boys One Mile
Under 6: 1. Xavier Morgan.
Under 8: 1. Sebbie Morgan.

Power Walkers
1.Sophie Bennett and Linda Li 1:56.00..

Stoby, Crumpler top runners in Blenheim Trust 5k Series


Khiry Creque, left, Julius Farley, Reuben Stoby and Tarique Creque were the early pace setters in Saturday's Blenheim Trust 5K Series finale Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Khiry Creque, left, Julius Farley, Reuben Stoby and Tarique Creque were the early pace setters in Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Series finale. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Saturday’s finale of the Blenheim Trust 5K Series–which also marked the inaugural National 5K Championships–saw Reuben Stoby and Katrina Crumpler–emerging as overall series winners after the finale in Road Town.

Stoby had a winning time of 17 minutes and 52 seconds and was followed by Tarique Creque in 18:17 and Julius Farley third in 18:53. Early leader Khiry Creque finished fourth in 19:44.

Stoby said when Creque set the pace, he wanted to see what it would be like and thought Creque wanted to slow it down. “Knowing that he and Tarique are 800m runners, I couldn’t take that chance and I went ahead early and I was surprised that they didn’t follow me,” pointed out Stoby, who said he was a bit tired from the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon. “I was really hoping that I wouldn’t have to fight too hard to win today. I wanted to win, even though I knew I’d won the series, knowing the competition would be stiff, I wanted to go for the victory nevertheless.”

Moses said Stoby won fair and square. “He went out hard and kept from me and every time he saw me gaining, he pushed the pace and I was trying to close on him, but he won. He’s the 5K champion,” Moses stated, noting he’s not in condition for the 5K. “I came out, I ran and thought I could have held my own against him. I challenged him but he kept from me and he won.”

Early pace setter Creque said he pushed the pace trying to take Stoby out of his comfort zone. “But, I saw how good a shape he’s in because he’s really a beast,” Creque said. “I really didn’t train for the 5K. I came out to see what I could do. I’ve heard a lot about him and I wanted to see what it was like to run with him. He’s incredible. He’s in better shape than I expected.”

Crumpler – coming off winning the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon a week earlier and ahead of this weekend’s Buffalo Marathon – said her legs felt a bit tired. “I felt fine in the first mile and I was quite excited and tried to do a quick race and by mile two I was like, ‘oh, my legs are tired,'” she explained. “I think I did feel the effects of racing in Virgin Gorda, but I enjoyed it.”

Final results

Men: 1. Reuben Stoby, 17 minutes and 52 seconds. 2. Tarique Moses, 18:17. 3. Julius Farley, 18:53. 4. Khiry Creque, 19:44. 5. Zebalon McLean, 20:55. 6. Derek Pettigrew, 21:33. 7. Adam D’Monte, 21:54. 8. Richard Morgan, 22:27. 9. Patrick Ormond, 22:45. 10. Simon Cook, 23:06. 11. Adrian Dale, 23:20. 12. David Pettigrew, 23:28. 13. Matt Freeman, 24:06. 14. Alberto Lazo, 24:29. 15. Dan Wealthy, 25:08. 16. Claudius Rhymer, 25:19. 17. Stephen Bridson, 26:02. 18. Guy Williamson, 26:21. 19. Andre Kartick, 29:05. 20. Howard Moore, 29:07. 21. Dennis de la Cruz, 30:48. 22. Barry Leon, 32:38. 23. Terry Wu, 33:33.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 20:55. 2. Rosmond Johnson, 22:07. 3. Kay Reddy, 24:22. 4. Julianne Potgeiter, 24:29. 5. Anna Kinkead, 24:35. 6. Claudia Ferrari, 25:26. 7. (tie). Carolina Pettigrew and Philomena Robertson, 25:32. 9. Sarah Graham, 25:40. 10. Lauren Julien, 26:21. 11. Lisa Bridson, 26:56. 12. Sarah Carroll, 27:19. 13. Jenni Dobbie, 27:52. 14. Barbara O’Neal, 29:04. 15. Clair Burke, 29:22. 16. Sarah Hatcher, 32:17. 17. Claire Santillian, 32:25.

Power Walkers: 1.= Sophie Bennett and Shirley Liburd, 50:00. 3. Linda Li, 55:00. Maureen Percival.
Youth 1 Mile: 1. Sammy Potgeiter, 7:50. 2. Owen Graham, 11:20. 3. Charlie Potgeiter, 12:08. 3. Sebbie Morgan. 4. Frank Carroll. 5. Merryn Wealthy.

National Championships 5K

Men All Comers: Reuben Stoby. BVI National 5k Champ: Tarique Moses.

Women All Comers: Katrina Crumpler. BVI National 5k Champ: Anna Kinkead.

Youth National 5k Champ: Derek Pettigrew.

BLenheim Trust 5K Series Overall

Men: 1st: Reuben Stoby. 2nd Tarique Moses. 3rd Julius Farley.

Women: 1st Kartina Crumpler. 2nd Rosmond Johnson. 3rd. Anna Kinkead.

Walkers: Sophie Bennett and Linda Li.

Youth 1 Mile: Sammy Potgeiter, Sebbie Morgan, Xavier Morgan, Charlie Potgeiter

Age Group Champions

Under 15: 1. Derek Pettigrew
Under 20: 1. Andre Kartick
30-39: 1. Guy Williamson 2. Shane Donovan 3. Claudius Rhymer. 4. Marvin Flax
40-49: 1. Zebalon McLean 2. Paul Hubbard 3. Stephen Bridson
50-59: 1. Adrian Dale 2. David Pettigrew 3. Howard Moore 4. Barry Leon

20-29: 1. Lauren Julian 2.
30-39: 1. Julianne Potgeiter 2. Claudia Ferrari 3. Natasha Ruscheinski. 4. Sarah Carroll 5. Jenni Dobbie. 6. Claire Santillian. 7. Candy Holdt.
40-49: 1. Lisa Bridson 2. Philomena Robertson 3. Sarah Graham 4. Clair Burke
50-59: 1. Kay Reddy 2. Eva Askulv

Hindes dominant in Virgin Gorda Half Marathon defense


Caption: St. John’s Timothy “TJ” Hindes takes out the field in Saturday’s Virgin Gorda Half Marathon en route to improving his own course record with a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 05 seconds Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

St. John’s Timothy “TJ” Hindes takes out the field in Saturday’s Virgin Gorda Half Marathon en route to improving his own course record with a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 05 seconds Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

St. John’s Timothy “TJ” Hindes sprinted away from the pack at the start—using the same strategy he employed last year—then went on to become the first repeat winner in the four year history of the grueling Virgin Gorda Half Marathon, improving his own course record in the process.

Hindes set off on a punishing pace up to Nail Bay with Reuben Stoby his only serious pursuer in tow, returned then circled The Valley including historic Coppermine and the Baths to win in 1 hour 32 minutes and 05 seconds improving on the 1:32.34 mark from last year. Stoby was six minutes back in 1:38.23.

“It was great and hard, a lot like last year—stuck with the plan—run in the front in the beginning and stay there,” said Hindes who expected Stoby’s challenge. “I just wanted to get ahead of him soon as I could so hopefully he’d give up when I was passing him on the way down from Nail Bay. That was the plan—put enough space in front of him so he didn’t think he could catch me.”

Hindes who uses St. John’s 8 Tuff Miles course for his training said his strength is running the hills and with the second half of the course being flatter, he was a little worried about Stoby catching him there. “I just tried to hang on and not walk up to Nail Bay, because it’s a tough climb,” he noted. “The challenge is not walking and staying ahead of everybody, trying to climb those hills and put the gap between second place. I improved my time from last year so I can’t be upset with that.”

Stoby said he was putting his bag in the truck when the race started and it threw him off his race plan. “Hindes starts very quickly so it was difficult trying to catch him and hold him, so eventually, I just had to settle for second,” he said, noting that excruciating could hardly describe chasing Hindes up to Nail Bay. “It’s one of the toughest courses for sure. Anybody who wants to torture themselves this is the place to come.”

Race director Casey McNutt said Hindes is a force to reckon with. “If he continues to come, anybody who wants to consider challenging him will have to step up with a big game—a really big game,” she said. “It’s always anyone’s race when you show up in the morning and anyone can have a great day or a bad day, but, that kind of athleticism is rare. To finish this course in 1:32 is shockingly impressive.”

Like Hindes, Katrina Crumpler defended her women’s title. Crumpler—between Marathons after a personal best of 3 hours 22 minutes and 53 seconds in Boston last month and ahead of the May 24 Buffalo Marathon—chopped five minutes off last year’s mark finishing in 1:47.35.

“I love this race. It’s challenging, hilly and it was a lot easier than last year although it’s not an easy race,” Crumpler noted, adding that there was a real competition among them this year. “The lady that came second (Beth Simmons), I would overtake her on the hills and she would sprint past me on the downhill. I would catch her on the next hill, so we were playing cat and mouse all through the hills. It’s really only in the second half of the course I went ahead of her—she pushed me the whole way through the second half.”

Simmons described the race as a ‘butt kicker for sure.’ “It’s one of the hardest races I’ve run but it’s beautiful. The support was amazing, the crowds fabulous,” the Southern California native noted as she prepares for a Half Marathon in Mammoth. “The winner is a strong runner. I think the heat and the humidity just took its toll.”

Final Results

Men: 1. Timothy “TJ” Hindes 1 hour, 32 and 05 seconds, (New course record. Old record, Hindes, 1:32.34, 2014) .2. Reuben Stoby, 1:38.23. 3. Julius Farley, 1:41.01. 4. Rodrigo DosSantos, 1:42.23. 5. Chris Thomas, 1:46.35. 6. Paul Hubbard, 1:48:14. 7. Curwin Andrews, 1:50:10. 8. Ezron Simmons, 1:58.59. 9. Russell Crumpler, 1:59.26. 10. Allan Cundall, 1:59.29. 11. Richard Morgan, 2:00.21. 12. Ryan Blanchard, 2:02.33. 13. Ciaran O’Shaughnessy, 2:04.26. 13. Joseph McIvor, 2:06.49. 14. Marco Bava, 2:06.53. 15. Damien Lysiak, 2:07.14. 16. Gareth Watkins, 2:08.29. 17. Adrian Dale, 2:08.49. 18. Keith Williams, 2:09.16. 19. Kenton Jones, 2:13.20. 20. Shane Donovan, 2:15.01. 21. Guy Paul Dubois, 2:16.41. 22. Michael Reiter, 2:17.46. 23. Christie Brown. 2:19.07. 24. Jermain Abreams, 2:19.24. 25. Joshua Rossiter, 2:22.58. 26. Alex Smith, 2:28.06. 27. Keith Regan, 2:32.18, 28. Arun Keshap, 2:33.51, 29. Ruairi Bourke, 2:36.38. 31. Scott Butz, 2:46.15. 32. Zoltan Birinyi, 3:14:33.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 1:47.37. (New record. Old Record, Crumpler, 1:52.55, 2014). 2. Beth Simmons, 1:49.36. 3. Jenny McIvor, 1:53.36. 4. Kathleen Brownsdon, 1:56.10. 5. Rosmond Johnson, 1:59.37. 6. Serena Krueger, 2:00.21. 7. Caitlin Goodwin, 2:04.36. 8. Kay Reddy, 2:08.02. 9. Nadine Leslie, 2:09.03. 10. Anna Kinkead, 2:16.04. 11. Jessica Miles, 2:17.42. 12. Kerry Ann DosSantos, 2:22.10. 13. Philomena Robertson, 2:28.17. 14. Rhiannon Davies, 2:29.43. 15. Amoi Foerstel, 2:30.41. 16. Alexandrea DeJarnett, 2:30.44. 17. Sarah Hayes, 2:32.43. 18. Andrea Sorlie, 2:36.54. 19. AJ Syrett, 2:42.43. 20. Natasha Lysiak, 2:45.25. 21. Becca Knight, 2:46.22. 22. Ann Marie Rivard, 2:49.43. 23. Brianne Leary, 2:49.44. 24. Jude Holmes, 2:53.10, 25. Jill Farley, 3:02:13.

6 Mile Challenge

Men: 1. Jacob Reed Stolzenfels, 49:02. 2. Kyle Vestermarks, 53:58. 3. Adam D’Monte, 54:07. 4. Erik Remar, 54:32. 5. Lewis Munn, 1:04.23. 6. Merwin Rodriguez, 1:04.26. 7. James Morrin, 1:04.35. 8. Ethan Lysiak, 1:06.03. 9. Steve Biery, 1:07.53. 10. Noah Fox, 1:09.19. 11. Chris Fraser, 1:09.20. 12. Wilbert Samuel, 1:09.21. 13. Adam Holdt, 1:10.08. 14. David Cattie, 1:13.05. 15. Alex Holliday, 1:32:16.

Women: 1. Lindsay Wilson, 58:38. 2. Christine Sheehan,1:00.48. 3. Denell Vestermarks, 1:01.05. 4. Leanne Munn, 1:01.39. 5. Julie Lonski, 1:05.34. 6. Stephanie Wessels, 1:05.46. 7. Clair Burke, 1:05.55. 8. Diane Stolmar, 1:08.23. 9. Jewellyn Gerald, 1:08.35. 10. Kimberly Cole, 1:09.02. 11. Karen Morrison, 1:09.20. 12. Candy Holdt, 1:10.07. 13. Beth Besom, 1:12.15. 14. Abriel Lysiak, 1:18.11. 15. Kirsten Vlietstra, 1:24.49. 16. Audrey Penn, 1:27.01. 17. Chris Yates, 1:29.34.,] 18. Ashley Helb, 1:30.10. 19. Noni Georges, 1:30.44. 20. Charlene Odango, 1:34.49. 21. Rodessa Ordoyo, 1:34.50. 22. JoAnn Manlapaz, 1:34:51. 23. Betty Paradisi, 1:35:58. 24. Lisa Brown, 1:36.09. 25. Kristen Collins, 1:40.27. 26. Chloe King, 1:40.28.

Stoby gently tames Paraquita Bay Beast


Julius Farley, left, finished second to Reuben Stoby, center with Rodrigo Dos Santos finishing third in Saturday's Blenheim Trust 5K race in Paraquita Bay PHOTO: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Julius Farley, left, finished second to Reuben Stoby, center with Rodrigo Dos Santos finishing third in Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K race in Paraquita Bay Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

After challenging courses in his last two races, Reuben Stoby extended his winning streak during Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K Series race in Paraquita Bay, dubbed the Paraquita Beast.

Stoby–in a final tune up for this weekend’s 4th Virgin Gorda Half Marathon–covered the 3.1 miles loop in 19 minutes and 18 seconds. He was followed by Julius Farley who overhauled Rodrigo Dos Santos and placed second in 19:54 with Dos Santos turning in a time of 20:14.

Katrina Crumpler–in her first individual race after running a personal best of 3 hours 22 minutes and 53 seconds in the Boston Marathon–was the women’s winner in 21:55. Rosmond Johnson followed in 24:24 and Anna Kinkead was third in 25:07.

With just one incline that didn’t exceed 250 feet, Stoby said the course was a “baby” compared to the Dive BVI 10k race on Virgin Gorda the week before.

“It was a cool race for me and I’m glad I didn’t have to push it too hard as the competition really didn’t push it too much,” he explained. “I want to save it for the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon and I’d been doing a bit of hill work so my legs were feeling a little bit tired, so I wasn’t trying to too hard.”

Farley–who anchored the winning relay team over 10 miles a week earlier in the Tortola Torture–said he too was running conservative. “I didn’t go out hard at all as I’m preparing for the Virgin Gorda Half,” he said. “I’m not too ambitious but I’ll settle for finishing in the first five in Virgin Gorda. I understand the competition will be stiff, so I’ll be contented with that.”

The National 5K Championships is set for Saturday, May 16 in Road Town, starting and ending on the A. O. Shirley Recreation Grounds.

Final Results

Men: 1. Reuben Stoby, 19:18.25. 2. Julius Farley, 19:54. 3. Rodrigo Dos Santos, 20:14. 4. Paul Hubbard, 21:28. 5. Tom Wilson, 23:23. 6. Russell Crumpler, 23:34. 7. Shane Donovan, 23:58. 8. Marcus Rodrigues, 24:48. 9. Dan Wealthy, 26:11. 10. Claudius Rhymer, 26:12. 11. Guy Williamson, 27:44. 12. Ruairi Bourke, 28:28. 13. Andre Kartick, 30:13. 14. Marvin Flax, 30:48. 15. Howard Moore, 31:08. 16. Barry Leon, 37:47. 17. Dennis Dela Cruz.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 21:55.78. 2. Rosmond Johnson, 24:24. 3. Anna Kinkead, 25:07. 4. Emma Holmes, 25:19. 5. Julianne Potgeiter, 26:12. 6. Kay Reddy, 26:22. 7. Claudia Ferrari, 26:45. 8. Rhiannon Jones, 27:08. 9. Lauren Julien, 27:44. 10. Philomena Robertson, 27:52. 11. Sarah Caroll, 28:44. 12. Lisa Bridson, 28:44. 13. Jenni Dobbie, 29:16. 14. Darwn Peters, 29:28. 15. Jude Holmes, 30:28. 16. Sarah Graham, 31:12. 17. Clair Burke, 31:58. 18. Claire Santillian, 33:06.

Power Walkers: Shirley Liburd, 49:20. 2.= Linda Li, Sophie Bennett, 49:30.

Boys One Mile: Charlie Potgeiter, 8:17. 2. Sebbie Morgan, 11:53. 3. Xavier Morgan, 12:10. 4. Stan Carroll, 13:22.

Under 20: 1. Andre Kartick
M2029 1. Tom Wilson 2. Marcus Rodrigues 2.Dan Wealthy
M3039 1. Reuben Stoby 2. Julius Farley 3. Rodrigo Dos Santos 4. Russell Crumpler 5. Shane Donovan 6. Claudius Rhymer 7. Guy Williamson 8. Ruairi Bourke 9. Marvin Flax
M4040 1. Paul Hubbard 2. Dennys Dela Cruz
M5059 1. Howard Moore 2. Barry Leon

F2029 1. Emma Holmes 2. Lauren Julien 3. Jude Holmes
F3039 1. Katrina Crumpler 2. Juliane Potgeiter 3. Claudia Ferrari 4. Rhiannon Jones 5. Philomena Robertson 6. Sarah Caroll 7. Lisa Bridson 8. Jenni Dobbie 9. Claire Santillian
F4049 1. Rosmond Johnson 2. Anna Kinkead 3. Darwn Peters 4. Sarah Graham 5. Clair Burke
F5059 1. Kay Reddy