Fraser breaks three-hour barrier

  • Double act: Fraser, left, and Price represented Bermuda in the Boston Marathon

Jamie Fraser broke three hours in the Boston Marathon to lead home a group of athletes from Bermuda.

Fraser averaged just under seven minutes per mile as he achieved 2hr 58min 57sec, finishing 1,312th overall in the road race. His gun time was 2:59:58.

There were about 30,000 athletes in yesterday’s race, and they faced temperatures that climbed to 76F.

Tim Price, a former Bermuda Triangle Challenge champion, was the next island runner to finish. He started with sub seven-minute miles, and went through halfway in 1hr 22min 19sec, but on the later hills his pace dropped and he finished in 3:21:45.

John Thompson finished with a chip time of 3:31:09.

Grensy Quintero ran 4:02:07 to finish 5,960th woman, and 15,533rd overall.

Mairi Redmond ran 4:12:42.

Jose Miranda went through halfway in 1:35:52, but his last recorded split time was at 35km.

Also competing was American Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 became the first woman to complete the race with an official number. At the time the race was a “men only” event, and the event director unsuccessfully tried to pull Switzer off the course mid-race.

Switzer, 70, who competed in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge in 2008 and 2009, was yesterday given the bib number 261, the same number she wore 50 years ago. She finished the race in 4:44:31.

The overall winner was Geoffrey Kirui, of Kenya, in 2:09:37. Fastest woman was Edna Kiplagat, also of Kenya, in 2:21:52.

Shadrack Biwott, a six-times winner at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend between 2010 and 2013, was fourth overall in 2:12:08.