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Ladies hold off the men in Beef Island 5K

- Rosmond Johnson & Jenny McGiver uncatchable
Natasha Ruscheinski (left) and Candy Holt on their way to completing their run in the 3rd race of the Blenheim Trust 5K Series on Beef Island on April 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Reuben J. A. Stoby (right) and Rosmond Johnson were the top male and female runners in the 3rd race of the Blenheim Trust 5K Series on Beef Island on April 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Reuben J. A. Stoby (right) and Rosmond Johnson were the top male and female runners in the 3rd race of the Blenheim Trust 5K Series on Beef Island on April 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Early morning rain had led to a smaller crowd of 35 persons, however, created good racing conditions with the famed breeze low and temperatures cool for the start of the race and a fast run, which saw many competitors set personal bests. Photo: VINO
Early morning rain had led to a smaller crowd of 35 persons, however, created good racing conditions with the famed breeze low and temperatures cool for the start of the race and a fast run, which saw many competitors set personal bests. Photo: VINO
BEEF ISLAND, VI- Rosmond Johnson and Jenny McGiver ensured they made good of their 5-minute head start over the men as they registered personal bests en route to finishing first and second respectively in the 3rd race of the Blenheim Trust Race Series held at Beef Island on April 18, 2015.

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

Both times were personal bests for the two ladies who were the only to successfully beat the roaring tsunami of men storming up behind.

Kay Reddy was third for ladies in 23:57.28.

Reuben J.A. 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 Dereck 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.

The course was one loop and runners started at Long Bay beach, up the access road drive, turned left onto the airport road towards the airport, in front of the terminal to the T-junction at Trellis Bay and turned right, back along the main airport road and turned around at a cone before Beef Island Bridge (by the entrance to Little Mountain) and returned to the beach.

Early morning rain had led to a smaller crowd of 35 persons, however, created good racing conditions with the famed breeze low and temperatures cool for the start of the race and a fast run, which saw many competitors set personal bests.

Mrs Robinson's world famous blueberry muffins and Easter buns refuelled runners after the race. 

According to race director, Kay Reddy, the race gives an insight into the grand finale- National Championship- on May 16, 2015.  The next race of the Blenheim Trust 5K series is the Paraquita Beast on May 2, 2015.

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