Gayle Lindsay On May 24th Title Hopes

May 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Gayle Lindsay vividly remembers turning onto Dutton Avenue, looking longingly at the finish line, and realising she had “achieved something special” moments before winning her first Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby women’s race last year.

The Scottish runner said she was proud to have etched her name into the history books as a May 24 titleholder and hopes to be in contention to retain her crown when she takes to the start-line in Somerset on Friday.

“I have so many great memories from before, during, and after last year’s race,” Lindsay told Bernews.

“It was such an honour to cross the finish line as the first female last year and such a privilege to have my name in the history books alongside some amazing female athletes who have inspired me.

“I feel the win was more about proving myself to others. It would mean so much to win again but more on a personal level of striving to be the best version of myself.”

Lindsay enters the iconic 13.1-mile race in impressive form, having claimed the Swan’s Running Club Legends Series women’s title last month, winning all four legs of the competition.

However, she knows she will have a target on her back as champion and expects to be pushed to her limit by her title rivals.

“There are a lot of women running really well just now, so I’m expecting a tough race and a lot of competition for the top three spots,” said Lindsay, who has set personal times over various distances this year.

“I’m thriving on the competition, though, and it has helped to push me to some fast times this season.

“I’ll do my best on the day, and hopefully, that will be good enough to land on the podium.

“I’ve really enjoyed the journey to this point, and regardless of what happens next week, I feel very proud of what I have achieved.”

A four-time local women’s champion in the Butterfield Bermuda Front Street Mile, Lindsay said she cannot wait to enjoy the unique and electric atmosphere created by the spectators during the Bermuda Day race.

“Whatever the reason, a successful race comes from knowing your ‘why’ and then just enjoying the experience,” she added.

“The atmosphere on May 24 is always phenomenal. The crowds and music really do carry you along.

“Words can’t describe it; it’s something you have to experience for yourself to appreciate.” divider line ewrr

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