We now enter the homestretch for the Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby, which will take place on Friday May 25th.
We have given the Men’s section coverage, but today we look at the Female field.
This year will see the race a toss-up, with several names being thrown around, names such as Gayle Lindsay, Martina Olcheski-Bell, Christine Dailey, past champions Vioctoria Fiddick and Deon Breary.
There have not been many races of distance this year, but other names being thrown around is also Rose-Anna Hoey and Nikki Butterfield.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Butterfield Pulls Out of Bermuda Day Half Marathon
Tyler Butterfield announced he will miss the 2018 Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby.
Butterfield stated to www.islandstats.com, “There is a big likelihood I will not race, my calf is not good.”
Butterfield went on to say, “I’m supposed to race a Half Ironman the next weekend, which I will try, because the Swim and Bike will be fine, and I will try the Run.”
“I feel bad I will miss the race, it is such a cool race to do. The spectators are amazing, it is one of if not, my favorite race,” continued Butterfield.
Butterfield concluded, “The year has just caught up with me, I’ve already done 2 Marathons and now training for 1/2 and Full Ironman’s, the body is just pushing back a little.”
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Bermuda's PASO Athlete Preparation /Equipment Program
The Bermuda National Athletics Association recently benefited from the PASO Athlete preparation program, which is managed by the Bermuda Olympic Association. This program enables the BNAA to secure athletic equipment to support the development of Athletics in Bermuda:
The equipment received through this program at this time;
1. Three new laptop computers: These are required to support Fully Automated Timing (FAT) which capture the photo finish of each race, manage the data to compile the race results with athlete’s names and event and to interface with electronic scoreboards, wind gauges and displays boards that one might have at a meet. They allow us in real-time post results to the web.
2. Lynx wind gauges (2) Lynx wind gauges can be line or battery power to replace the older GILL model units which were just battery power. This improves there reliability The new wind gauges can function as standalone units for events such as Long Jump and Triple Jump as well automatically integrate electronically into the FAT system to provide the wind readings. The wind gauge is used to measure the wind force at the time of an event to ensure any record breaking attempt conforms or is within the required wind requirements.
3. Hurdles (50) to replace the aging set that we currently of which many have fallen into disrepair
4. Starting Blocks (8) to replace the aging set that we currently of which many have fallen into disrepair
With more local and international events coming on our calendar we will need to ensure that all our equipment is in the best condition to support the efforts of our athletes and officials when participating in a meet.
The Bermuda National Athletics Association would like to thank the Bermuda Olympic Association for Their support in managing the process.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Estwanik Out – Butterfield Unsure Half Marathon Derby
www.islandstats.com can reveal that multiple Bermuda Day Half Marathon Derby winner and Record Holder Chris Estwanik will miss the 2018 race, while Tyler Butterfield will decide this weekend if he will compete.
Estwanik in a phone call with www.islandstats.com said, “Unfortunately I am struggling with an injury and I have been advised not to compete this year.”
Meanwhile Butterfield who has registered speaking with www.islandstats.com on Tuesday May 15th said, “I will know this week, I tweaked my calf and it is day to day.”
Estwanik who has only competed in two races in 2018, which saw him win the Princess to Princess race and he completed the Butterfield & Vallis 5K that saw him run with Tyler and Spencer Butterfield.
“I have had my injury problems recently and I am looking to get them sorted out, I am disappointed that I will miss this year, but I want to wish all the competitors the best of luck on May 25th,” concluded Estwanik.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Bermuda Junior Classic Road Race Makes Changes
2017 Junior Classic Winner
The 2018 Bermuda Heritage Day Junior Classic Road Race will celebrate 20 years of sponsorship from Lister Insurance Agency Ltd.
Dennis Lister said, “This is our signature event of the year, just another way of giving back to the community.”
This 2.0 mile race begins at the Junction of Front & Court Street and sees the Junior athletes run along the course lined by thousands of spectators.
Lister said, “This year we are trying something different with it being Open, in the past we had Invitations, but this we have decided to allow all Junior Ages.”
Persons wanting to sign their youngster up for the event can do so online at https://www.racedayworld.com/Race/BM/Hamilton/HeritageDayJuniorClassic
This race will get underway once the final bike taking part in the Sinclair Packwood Memorial Race goes past the start-finish line.
The Race Course sees the Junior Runners start on Front Street at the junction of Front and Court Street at approximately 9:25am. The route will head west along Front Street to the Bird Cage, than turn right onto Queen Street, right onto Church Street, than left onto King Street, than left onto Victoria Street, than right onto Cedar Avenue onto Marsh Folly Road, than right onto Dutton Avenue into the Bernard’s Park.
The current record for the Boys has been standing since Henry Talbot clocked 10:16 back in 1999, the closest anyone has come to that was in 2006 when Matthew Spring clocked 10:21, Juma Mouchette clocked 10:26 in 2010.
Two runners hold the fastest time for the Girls as Kyrah Scraders in 2009 and Selah Tuzo in 2015 clocked 12:14, in 2013 Tuzo was clocked at 12:16 for the second fastest time and in 2017 Ashley Irby was clocked at 12:19 for the third fastest time.