Taking charge: Juma Mouchette, left, number 109, won’t have the likes of Trey Simons (107) and Shaquille Dill (108) pushing him this year so he’s looking to smash the senior school boys record set by Tyler Butterfield. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
Taking charge: Juma Mouchette, left, number 109, won’t have the likes of Trey Simons (107) and Shaquille Dill (108) pushing him this year so he’s looking to smash the senior school boys record set by Tyler Butterfield. *File photo by Kageaki Smith

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16: Juma Mouchette will be running against a lot of things in next month’s KPMG Front Street Mile — time, himself, the spectre of Tyler Butterfield, but what he won’t be running against the rest of the secondary school field.

Mouchette won the Senior School Boys trials by an outstanding 24 seconds over Nico Barclay and Jeremiah Steede.

Mouchette clocked 4:44.58, which is a little slower than his time in the Front Street race for the past two years.

He finished second in both 2010 and 2011 to Shaquille Dill, who is now too old to compete so he’s determined to go after Tyler Butterfield’s record of 4:27.3 set back in 1999.

Mouchette is confident he can shave 11 seconds off his personal best of 4:39.8 set in last year’s race.

Mouchette said: “This is going to be my last year in Bermuda because I’m hopefully going away to university next year and I’m going to be running by myself this year so I decided ‘why not go for it?’”

Adrenaline

The runner has set himself a target of running a 4:26, and ,in all likelihood, would win the Adult Men’s race now that Chayce Smith is running in the Elite category.

Mouchette said he “wasn’t running hard” when he clocked his time in the trial. “I’m going to go all out on the day. I’m going to try as run as close as possible to the cyclist ahead of me because I know they’ll be riding at a fast pace.”

Mouchette is no stranger to the podium on Front Street. Besides his two second place finishes in 2010 and 2011, he won the Middle School Boys crown in 2008.

What’s impressive about that is it was Mouchette’s first time competing in it.

He said, if anything the crowd will help push him.

“It’s a good race. Besides May 24th it’s the one race that attracts a lot of people to come out and watch.

“There are a lot of people there so the adrenaline is there and everybody is cheering you on. Everybody is on both sides of the road so all the attention is on you running up and back — it’s a good race. It’s one of my favourite races.

“Before the race I like jogging up from Number One Shed and I like coming back from the longtails statue because that’s where I can distance myself from the rest of the runners with the crowd cheering me on to the finish.

“To me it’s not a difficult race at all. It’s just a mile so it’s not like I get tired, it’s a matter of pacing myself going out and coming back stronger.

“The adrenaline from the crowd is there so I’m never going to feel tired.”