No repeat: Deon Breary, left, said it is a ‘huge disappointment’ in not being able to defend her Bermuda Half Marathon crown. *Photo by Ras Mykkal
No repeat: Deon Breary, left, said it is a ‘huge disappointment’ in not being able to defend her Bermuda Half Marathon crown. *Photo by Ras Mykkal

WEDNESDAY, APR. 25: Deon Breary will be unable to defend her Bermuda Half Marathon Derby title next month.

Breary, who won her first May 24th race, last year, hasn’t been able to shake off an injury from this past year.

She said: “I’ve had the injury for the past year. And, unbeknownst to me, the injury got progressively worse after running the International Race Weekend. Thereafter, I participated in the RenRe Race where the injury became extremely painful and more noticeable.

“I got a muscle spasm which prevented me from turning my legs  and had to hop the finish line. I was a half mile away from the finish line. However, I was able to still finish a respectable second overall in the female category.”

Breary said her doctor has advised her to take it slow and not push herself so the injury can have time to heal.

Anticipates

The champ said she anticipates being “at full capacity by end of June”.

She would have liked to have tested herself in trying to defend her title in what is expected to be a strong field this year

“Of course, it’s been a huge disappointment not being able to defend my title. Especially after the amount of training I’ve been putting in preparation for the big event.

“However, I am confident that after taking the time needed for the recovery I’ll be in better position to demonstrate my full capacity in 2013.”

She said former winner Ashley Estwanik would have to be one of the favourites, but there should be several women in the mix to take the ladies crown.

“One of my major contenders for May 24th would have been Ashley Estwanik, who has been my inspiration. Ashley is built like a machine and is in class of her own. “And, my other contenders have been Jennifer Alen, Rosana Macshane-Howey and Victoria Fiddick — all of whom I have nothing but respect and admiration for.

“I wish them all the best and hope to see them in the 2013 Bermuda Day Half Marathon.”