Stoby Wins Virgin Gorda Half Marathon Tune Up


Reuben Stoby: "I always heard it (Dive BVI 10K Series) was a tough course, but that wasn't the true story--it's tougher--much tougher." Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

Reuben Stoby: “I always heard it (Dive BVI 10K Series) was a tough course, but that wasn’t the true story–it’s tougher–much tougher.” Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

With most regular runners either running as individuals or were on teams tackling the grueling 50km Tortola Torture on Saturday, Ruben Stoby led a small band of runners in the second Dive BVI 10K Series race–on the toughest segment of the course for the upcoming Virgin Gorda Half Marathon.

Stoby–undefeated so far this season–led the charge up to Gorda Peak and Nail Bay unchallenged, to win in 42 minutes and 57 seconds, as part of familiarizing himself for a run at the top prize when the event goes off on May 9.

Stoby said the course was tougher than he thought. “I always heard it was a tough course, but that wasn’t the true story–it’s tougher–much tougher,” he pointed out. “At one point I wanted to walk. My legs were screaming. I’m glad I was able to finish in a reasonable time. I actually wanted to run under 40 minutes–but I had no idea what the course really was like.”

The race Stoby said, gave him a better idea of how to plan his run and conserve, as the first half of the race takes in the steepest climbs on Virgin Gorda. “Going is definitely tough and I’ll have to keep something in the legs for the second half, which is nothing compared to the first segment of the course,” he explained.

Nadine Leslie was the women’s winner in 56:17.

Final results:

Men: 1. Reuben Stoby, 42 minutes and 57 seconds. 2. Alan Cundall, 49:51. 3. Ezron Simmons, 53:33. 4. Joseph McIvor, 56:08. 5. Jermain Abrams, 59:23. 6. Scott Butz, 1:13:07. Keith Williams, 1:17:29, Zoltan Birinyi 1:30:30.

Women: 1. Nadine Leslie 56:17. 2. Kay Reddy 58:40. 3. Sarah Hayes, 1:00:54. 4. Rhiannon Junes, 1:04:42. 5. Becca Knight, 1:06:24. 6. AJ Syrett, 1:08:41. 7. Eva Askulv, 1:10:20. 8. Tara Murphy, 1:14:19. 9. Chris Yates, 1:38:34.


Ladies lead in Beef Island Blenheim Trust 5K

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Rose Johnson breaks the ribbon in third race of the Blenheim Trust 5K series. Photo: BVI Runners

Rose Johnson breaks the ribbon in third race of the Blenheim Trust 5K series. Photo: BVI Runners

Rosmond Johnson and Jenny McGivor took advantage of the 5 min head start and escaped without being caught by a tidal wave of stampeding men that included Reuben Stoby, who clocked 18:13 when the 3rd race of the Blenheim Trust 5K series was held on Beef Island on Saturday April 18, 2015.

Johnson and McGivor played a waiting game at the front with McGivor tucked in behind Johnson for 2 miles before Johnson moved away to take the win in 21:58.08. McGivor finished in 22:10.08.

Both times were personal bests for the two ladies who were the only ones to successfully beat the roaring tsunami of men storming up behind. Kay Reddy was the third in the ladies in 23:57.28.

Stoby preserved his unbeaten record this year when he calmly led the men home in 18:13.99 to also take his second win of the 5-race series.

Julius Farley, who led for the first kilometre, and 12-year-old Derek Pettigrew chased but did not challenge Stoby. Farley finished second in 18:48.62, a personal best, while the talented Pettigrew clocked 19:48.14, also a personal best.

The power walkers made a pact to share the podium and Sebbie beat his younger brother Xavier for boys 1/2 in the Morgan household.

As the series heats up, the 4th race is the infamous Paraquita Beast on Saturday May 2, 2015 at 7.00am with registration from 6.30am. The race starts and finishes in front of HLSCC main entrance. The first 2 miles follows the popular college classic course along the agricultural road, runners then cross the main road to loop the Marine College.

The final race in the series will be the Dual Carriageway Dash on May 16, 2015 held in conjunction with the National 5k.

Blenheim Trust 5K Race 3 – Long Bay Beach Breeze Ladies First Race results:

: 1. Reuben Stoby, 18:13.99. 2. Julius Farley, 18:48. 3. Derek Pettigrew, 19:48. 4. Paul Hubbard, 20:23. 5. Dan Mitchell, 21:18. 6. Shane Donovan, 22:11. 7. Adam Holdt, 22:13 8. Reno Mittelholzer, 22:47 9. David Pettigrew, 22:48. 10. Claudius Rhymer, 25:04. 11. Guyp Dubois, 27:00. 12. Marvin Flax, 29:05.
13. Howard Moore, 30:35. 14. Henry Creque, 31:46. 15. Rommel Sofia, 33:08.

1. Rosmond Johnson, 21:58.08. 2. Jenny McGivor, 22:10. 3. Kay Reddy, 23:57. 4. Anna Kinkead, 24:45. 5. Claudia Ferrari, 25:21. 6. Eva Askulv, 26:18. 7. Sarah Graham, 26:49. 8. Philomena Robertson, 27:04. 9.= Natasha Ruscheinski, 28:23. 9.= Candy Holdt, 28.23. 11. Clair Burke, 30:14. 12. Claire Santillan, 31:16. 13. Simpa Ganadillo, 32:06.

:1. Linda Li, Sophie Bennett, Charlene Odango, 45:00.

1. Sebbie Morgan, 8:46. 2. Xavier Morgan, 9:39.


: Under 15: 1. Derek Pettigrew
. 20-29: 1. Dan Mitchell. 30-39: 1. Reuben Stoby 2. Julius Farley 3. Shane Donovan 4. Adam Holdt 5. Reno Mittelholzer 6. Claudius Rhymer 7. Guyp Dubois 8. Marvin Flax 9. Rommel Sofia
. 40-49: 1. Paul Hubbard 2. Henry Creque. 50-59: 1. David Pettigrew 2. Howard Moore.

WOMEN: 20-29: 1. Natasha Ruscheinski
. 30-39: 1. Jenny McIvor 2. Claudia Ferrari 3. Philomena Robertson 4. Candy Holdt 5. Clair Burke 6. Claire Santillan 7. Simpa Ganadillo. 40-49: 1. Rosmond Johnson 2. Anna Kinkead 3. Sarah Graham
. 50-59: 1. Kay Reddy 2. Eva Askulv

Stoby’s winning streak continues with Dive BVI 10K series


The lead pack of Guy Williamson, Reuben Stoby and Julius Farley, after breaking away from the field. Photo: Todd VanSickle

The lead pack of Guy Williamson, Reuben Stoby and Julius Farley, after breaking away from the field. Photo: Todd VanSickle

Rueben Stoby extended his winning streak to Saturday’s Dive BVI 10K Series race – the first of two races on different segments of the Virgin Gorda Half Marathon course – as a means of familiarizing runners for the May 9 race, for which 51 have already pre registered.

The next race will be on the tougher and scenic northern segment of the course including climbs to Nail Bay.

Stoby led Guy Williamson and Julius Farley to the line in 40 minutes and 16 seconds on a tour of southern Virgin Gorda, including the historic Coppermine. Williamson finished in 40:59 and Farley in 41:17.

“It was a pretty challenging course and my plan was not to go hard and I wasn’t familiar with the course either so I wanted to conserve as much as possible, since I didn’t know what to expect,” Stoby explained. “In case I ran off course, I wanted to stick with the guys just to make sure I knew where I was going. Not taking anything away from them, I know they can run the 10K very well, so I was careful not to go too early.”

Not being familiar with the full course, Stoby who ran 17:41 in the Dive BVI 5K last month, said he along with Williamson and Farley were playing a little cat and mouse to see who would take the lead. “I wasn’t going to do that,” Stoby quickly interjected, noting that he didn’t make his move until they were heading downhill from the Bregado Flax Educational Center. “I decided to make a run and see what happened. The guys chased a bit, but surprisingly, they didn’t hold on for the last 800m.”

Williamson said it was good to see Stoby back on island racing and he has upped the game. “It was a strong pace pretty much the whole course and it’s tough on the hills when you’re pushing that course as well,” he noted. “Between myself, Stoby and Farley, we pushed hard. Then with about 800m, Stoby took off, I tried to chase him down and I couldn’t quite do it.”

NiMade Oniasih won the women’s division in 51:40 and was followed by Kay Reddy (54:45) and Casey McNutt in 56:32.

Final results

Men: 1. Rueben Stoby, 40 minutes and 16 seconds. 2. Guy Williamson, 40:59. 3. Julius Farley, 41:17. 4. Curwin Andrews, 44:05. 5. Alen Cundall, 45:33. 6. Zebalon McLean, 49:36. 7. Ravindra Sukhu, 51:42. 8. Jermain Abrams, 53:01.

Women:1. Onaish NiMade, 51:40. 2. Kay Reddy, 54:46. 3. Casey McNutt, 56:32. 4. Lauren Julien, 58:43. 5. Riannon Jones, 1:01:17. 6. Eva Askulv, 1:03.39. 7. Becca Knight, 1:08.07. 8. Clair Burke, 1:10.12. 9. Tara Murphy, 1:21.29, 10. Beth Besom, 1:21:30.

Stoby’s record tour continues in Blenheim Trust 5K Race


54 participants spring off during Saturday's Blenheim Trust 5K race in Carrot Bay.  Photo: Dean "The Sportsman" Greenaway

54 participants spring off during Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K race in Carrot Bay. Photo: Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Fresh off winning the Dive BVI 5K Series on the outer island of Virgin Gorda a week earlier with a course, Reuben Stoby made the field of 54 know his intentions from the first step as he sprinted away from the pack, in Saturday’s Blenheim Trust 5K tour stop in Carrot Bay.

Stoby led from start to finish, meandering his way through the winding streets of the scenic north coast seaside village on the looped course that had an incline going and coming, to win in 17 minutes and 41 seconds for the fastest time recorded on the route.

Tarique Moses and Julius Farlery followed in 18:14 and 19:35 respectively.

Stoby revealed that his plan developed two weeks ago was simple—go hard from the start—as he had the benefit of training on the course a few mornings.

“I didn’t think that a lot of people might want to start out so quickly and that is something I’ve been working on—my start—trying to go out fast and find a decent rhythm somewhere in the middle of the race,” Stoby explained. “I’m glad I was able to keep up to the plan but it wasn’t easy knowing that Moses could be a threat.”

Moses said it was a good race but Stoby’s early move caught him by surprise. “I didn’t think he would have gone out so hard and hold that pace,” Moses said. “When I started closing on him on the hill (returnning), he kept looking back at me. Every time he saw I was gaining ground on him, he would pick it up, then relax. He actually got me on the hill and from there he won the race. But, I’m going to work harder—I’m coming back for him—he’ll see me again.”

Race director Kay Reddy said Stoby’s time was amazing. She said even though the course is flat, going and coming, Sugar Mill Hill is high enough to put lactic acid in one’s legs—coupled with the wind and a little bit of early morning heat. “It’s not the easiest course of the series and it’s an absolute incredible time,” she said. “If he can do that on this course, I can see the time coming down even further.”

For the first time in series history, there was a kids short course in which Charlie Potgeiter edged Sebbie Morgan.

Final results:

Men: 1. Reuben Stoby, 17 minutes and 41 seconds. 2. Tarique Moses, 18:14. 3. Julius Farley, 19:35. 4. Ravindra Sukha, 20:03. 5. Zebalon McLean, 20:52. 6. Paul Hubbard, 20:56. 7. Dan Mitchell, 21:48. 8. Russell Crumpler, 22:16. 9. Derek Pettigrew, 22:24. 10. Adrian Dale, 22:46. 11. Jonathan Barnard, 23:14. 12. Charles Kerins, 23:20. 13. David Pettigrew, 24:30. 14. Julien Johnson, 25:18. 15. Claudius Rhymer, 25:56. 16. Rory Lynch, 25:56. 17. Sam Potgieter, 26:25. 18. Stephen Bridson, 27:09. 19. Andre Kartick, 28:48. 20. Chris Potgieter, 29:22. 21. Howard Moore, 30:00. 22. Richard Morgan, 31:20. 23. Stephen Beard, 32:45. 24. Bill Kinkead, 35:52. 25. Shane & Paddy Donovan, 41:44. 26. TJ Torres, 43:25. 27. Barry Leon, 43:31.

Women: 1. Katrina Crumpler, 21:04. 2. Rosmond Johnson, 22:06. 3. Melissa Brunner, 23:25. 4. Jenny McIvor, 23:26. 5. NiMade Oniasih, 23:50. 6. Claire-Louise Whiley, 23:58. 7. Anna Kinkead, 24:38. 8. Juliane Potgieter, 24:58. 9. Kay Reddy, 25:14. 10. Eva Askuly, 27:05. 11. Lisa Bridson, 27:36. 12. Natasha Ruscheinski, 27:48. 13. Jenny Dobbie, 27:52. 14. Shariesma Maduro, 29:31. 15. Barbara O’Neal, 29:44. 16. Candy Holdt, 30:17. 17. Karen Birr, 30:58. 18. Ghislaine Hoogendijk, 31:01. 19. Jude Holmes, 31:28. 20. Sabinah Clement, 43:31. 21. Mai Canlas, 43:46. Sophia Addis, no time.

Youth course: 1. Charlie Potgeiter, 10:41. 2. Sebbie Morgan, 10:42. 3. Tom Bridson, 11:09. 4. Xavier Morgan, 12:36. 5. Joey Potgieter.

Walkers: Sophie Bennett, Linda Li, 45:00.