Estwanik Clenches Eighth Half-Marathon Title, Dutranoit Gets top Female Time in Race Debut

Runners of all ages and backgrounds gathered at MarketPlace in Somerset this morning and tried their best to push against the late-springtime heat during the 112th annual Bermuda Day half-marathon Derby.

This was the first time the race started from the west end since 2018, as the race was canceled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Chris Estwanik dominated the race from the very beginning, running an average of 5:22 per mile and dashing through the finish line at Bernard’s Park at 1:10:14, one of his personal best times.

This is Mr. Estwanik’s eighth half-marathon victory. Should he win one more, he would be tied for the most all-time wins with veteran runner Kavin Smith.

Coming in close behind Mr. Estwanik was Kenyan Dennis Mbelenzi, who ran a 5:37 mile on average and finished at 1:13:29.

Sean Trott, who came second in previous races, ran an average 5:40 mile and crossed the finish line third at 1:14:12.
University student Isabelle “Izzy” Dutranoit, who won gold at the Bahamian Carifta Games in 2019, conquered the women’s race in her Bermuda Day half-marathon debut, running a 6:28 average mile and crossing through the finish threshold at 1:24:38, finishing 12th overall.

In a post-race interview, she told Bernews that she was unaware that she had finished first among the women until she reached Victoria Street.

Gayle Lindsay, who came third amongst the ladies last year, was the next female to finish after Ms. Dutranoit. Running a 6:40 mile, she finished at 1:27:15 and 14th overall.

Rounding up the top-three women was Ashley Couper, who won the ladies’ race a few times in the past. She finished 16th overall with an impressive 1:28:11 time and having run a 6:44 average mile.

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Story by TNN Reporter Stefano Ausenda