Video: Interview With Runner Ed Sherlock

February 12, 2024 | 1 Comment

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Ed Sherlock, one of Bermuda’s greatest road runners, said he is thrilled to witness the annual Ed Sherlock 8K Road Race – named in his honour – go from strength to strength.

The race, which started three decades ago, is the opening leg of the Swan’s Running Club Legend Series and was held in Southampton yesterday [February 11], with Sean Trott and Gayle Lindsay claiming the men’s and women’s titles.

Sherlock, who won six Bermuda Half Marathon Derby titles, including five from 1958 to 1962, said a conversation with John Tucker and Alan Vickers at the Southampton Rangers Sports Club led to the formation of the race.

Ed Sherlock 8k Bermuda February 2024

“You know how the race started?” Sherlock told Bernews. “One night in the bar, I told John Tucker and Alan Vickers, “What are you guys going to do, man – wait until I’m dead? Give me my roses while I’m still alive!

“They formed a committee unbeknownst to me [and put the race on].”

Sherlock, who is in his nineties, added: “When I saw all the runners here this morning, I went, ‘gee whiz!’ It’s getting better and better.”

The Legend Series celebrates Bermuda’s race legends. Participants must compete in a minimum of three of the four races.

The male and female runner accumulating the most points is the overall winner. There are also age group winners in the Open [20-39], Masters [40+], Seniors [50+], Veterans [60+] and Legends [70+] categories.

The four-race series includes the Ray Swan Flat 8K in Pembroke on March 24, the Ludwig Cann 10K in Warwick on April 7, and the Bermuda Healthcare “Sir” Stanley Burgess 5K in Devonshire on May 5.

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  1. A great runner says:

    An ambassador who has a lasting legacy. In most countries a movie would have long been made about his life.

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