Pipe places fourth
The race started at 6 a.m. and took the old priority bus route, D’Abadie, Bon Air, Tacarigua, Macoya, and back to UWI’s St. Augustine campus. The UWI SPEC Half Marathon attracted about 1,000 runners with participants from the USA, Kenya, Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados, among others.
Kenyan-born George Towett and Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero made it a race against the clock in claiming the Men’s and Women’s Divisions respectively in what was ninth running of the event. It was Towett’s third title in seven years.
Nero became the first Trinidadian to win a title at the event, which has been dominated by non-nationals since it started.
Twenty-eight-year-old Towett battled very humid and tough conditions to break the finishing tape in one hour, eight minutes and 24 seconds, almost two minutes slower than his winning time last year (1:06:41). Trinidad’s Richard Jones was second (1:09:42) and third was Matthew Hagley (1:10:05).
The 23-year-old Nero (1:18:19) was even more convincing a winner than Towett. The closest female finisher was Celine Lestrade, who was almost 20 minutes behind (1:35:05) and Lestrade was comfortably clear of third-place finisher Juliet John-Sambrano.
Pipe told Barbados TODAY: “The course was great. I ran a strong first half and moved into third place around mile 8, but as the sun intensified I buckled a bit and slipped to fourth.”
Pipe runs locally with the Ufukuzo running club and will next be attending the North American, Central American & Caribbean 10k in St. Kitts.
Pipe was presented with a medal, trophy and cheque after the competition.
“I will be back again next year to take the Trinis out of the top three,” she said.