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VG Half Marathon record holder James Carr departs territory

-Relished road running experience in the VI
Dive BVI Half Marathon record holder and 2012 Ceres Juices 10K Series champion, James Carr departed the territory for home in the United Kingdom earlier this month. Photo: Todd Van Sickle
James Carr (right) battling one of the steep hills alongside (Left to Right) Guy Williamson, Ravindra Sukhu and Reuben Stoby during the Carrot Bay leg of the 2013 Ceres Juices 10K Series on September 14. Photo: Dean 'The Sportsman' Greenaway
James Carr (right) battling one of the steep hills alongside (Left to Right) Guy Williamson, Ravindra Sukhu and Reuben Stoby during the Carrot Bay leg of the 2013 Ceres Juices 10K Series on September 14. Photo: Dean 'The Sportsman' Greenaway
James Carr seen here holding off the spirited challenge of Ravindra Sukhu to win the Ceres Juices 10K finale on Saturday November 3, 2012. Photo: File
James Carr seen here holding off the spirited challenge of Ravindra Sukhu to win the Ceres Juices 10K finale on Saturday November 3, 2012. Photo: File
James Carr's final race in the Virgin Islands, the HLSCC/Highland Spring Race Series on Tortola on October 12, 2013 was also his first two-mile race. Photo: VINO
James Carr's final race in the Virgin Islands, the HLSCC/Highland Spring Race Series on Tortola on October 12, 2013 was also his first two-mile race. Photo: VINO
Mr Carr hopes to return to the Virgin Islands some day to visit and maybe even enter a race! Photo: VINO
Mr Carr hopes to return to the Virgin Islands some day to visit and maybe even enter a race! Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “It’s been fantastic. I have really enjoyed it. It has been a great atmosphere, the runs, the 5Ks, the 10K series and the half marathons are so well organised. Everyone is great and has got great enthusiasm. It was a great experience,” were some of the parting words of VG Half Marathon record holder, James Carr who left the territory recently.

Speaking exclusively to Virgin Islands News Online prior to his departure for home in the United Kingdom, Mr Carr said he was leaving with wonderful memories especially from the road racing scene but hopes to visit the territory some day and maybe even enter a race.

The strongly built distance runner related how he became a regular in road racing in the Virgin Islands after participating in the Dive BVI Half Marathon in Virgin Gorda in 2012 where he surprisingly placed second.

He would then turn his attention to 10K distances and emerged the overall winner of the Ceres Juices 10K Series last year and then added the 2013 Blenheim Trust 5K Series title to his name.

Determined to win the VG Half Marathon, Mr Carr returned to the sister island on May 18, 2013 for the big race and was not only rewarded with a victory but also a record breaking time of 1:36:23.

Not surprisingly, Mr Carr says that race was one of his best races as he went to run hard and even though he was given a tough fight by eventual second place finisher Jacques Roux (1:36:39) he held on for the win. “Jacques was on my tail the whole time,” Mr Carr recalled.

The VG Half Marathon record holder admitted, however, that his favourite distance race is the 10K and noted that he ran quite a few while a resident of the Virgin Islands. “The 10K Series I think were my favourite ones and favourite distance although I am not too sure about the Carrot Bay 10k route with its steep hills,” Mr Carr joked.

His toughest race, he said, was on July 21, 2012 in the Ceres Juices 10K Series race at Beef Island when he ran neck and neck with Steve Asson throughout the race but finished second. “I think it was my quickest 10K then too so it was definitely my toughest race I did.” Asson won in 40: 38.51 while Carr clocked 41:39.50.

Carr also ran the Ogier/Deloitte 7th BVI Half Marathon on Tortola on November 17, 2012 and placed third behind race winner Shane DeGannes (1: 25.00) of the USVI and Virgin Gorda’s Maxford Pipe (1:36.36). Carr finished in 1:38.28.

His final race in the Virgin Islands, the HLSCC/Highland Spring Race Series on Tortola on October 12, 2013 was also his first two-mile race. “It was hot,” Mr Carr said of the race conditions after finishing sixth in 13:02.79.

Asked to give his thoughts on road racing in the Virgin Islands, Mr Carr said “for a small island it is very well organised” but noted that it could get much better if more people are encouraged to participate. “Just get training, get healthy and you will do better than you realise…and I think that is what happens. People come out initially and they say ‘I am not runner’ but then they come out and realise that everyone is having fun…so it’s a good social event as well.”

Compared to home, Mr Carr said the road racing conditions are a lot harder to run under here as it is a lot hotter. “And there are not so many people in the races here as back home where you have big half marathons with thousands of people. So the heat, the Caribbean hills and not so many people are the difference compared to back home.”

Asked if he would return to the Virgin Islands, Mr Carr said “I am sure I will come back to visit and maybe do a race as well if I come back.”

Maybe we just might see Mr Carr coming back to defend his half marathon title in Virgin Gorda next year!

7 Responses to “VG Half Marathon record holder James Carr departs territory”

  • Salute (24/10/2013, 17:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You did well James. Was great to have you here.
  • VG (24/10/2013, 17:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats mr Carr it was our pleasure having you run the 10k series hear in paradise and being the record holder spread the word of our Beautyifull Virgin Islands .thanks
  • big girls rules (24/10/2013, 18:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    where are the ladies in this race?
  • Observer (24/10/2013, 19:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Do come to defend your title if you can. Next year should be a great half marathon! All the best Mr Carr.
  • Thumbs Up (24/10/2013, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice article on Mr Carr. Didn't know you had rolled out.
  • just asking (25/10/2013, 00:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    How come the guys get to run with their shirts off but the female does not???
  • race organizer (25/10/2013, 07:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    James, you were an absolute pleasure to run with! Thank you for your spirit of competition, enthusiasm, and the commitment to our sport in the BVI! You'll be missed but we know we'll see you again - winning races all over the world!
    Run Happy ~ C


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