Road races don’t usually come down to narrow margins. That is the stuff of sprints, with records demarcated by the thickness of a singlet.
But for a Saint Lucia distance runner competing in Trinidad and Tobago recently, it was at least a matter of seconds contested the 2015 University of the West Indies (UWI) SPEC International Half Marathon, presented by First Citizens, in the Land of the Hummingbird over the weekend.
Richer Perez of Cuba added to his string of titles in 2015, followed by Kenneth Rotich of Kenya and Kirk Brown of Jamaica.
Biscette finished eighth, in his third run at 13.1 miles. He was just 13 seconds behind hometown boy Matthew Hagley, who crossed in 1:13:12, but the mark of 1:13:25 also took a full 28 seconds off Mega’s previous personal-best time.
After the race, the young runner was understandably elated, and in a very thankful mood.
“Thanks to the Almighty, my coach John Gaston, Zepherinus Joseph the, the Saint Lucia Athletics Association, my sponsor Dr Stephen King and Rise Saint Lucia, family, friends and my club mates from both Saint Lucia and Martinique for the support and encouragement that I’ve been getting from all of you. Without you people,I wouldn’t have done it again today. This gives me a zeal to run faster at my next Half Marathon. Once again, I thank you all and the entire Saint Lucian nation. Thank you.”
Biscette’s first race at this distance came in September, when he contested the Bankers Insurance Half Marathon, also in Trinidad and Tobago, establishing his previous personal record.