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​Running on Empty

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Curtis Brereton and I am the double bronze medallist in the 800m and 1500m in the Masters Championship in Canada in 2018.

I came from a big family because they really from English, Bajan and Grenadian roots. I’s the only one really born in Trinidad. I’m really from Diego Martin. I got three boys, Curtis, aged 30, Cleron, 29 and Clevon, 25. Them fellas don’t run, though. Plus I married over, but my wife, Meredith Lydia Brereton, we got no children.

My father got picked to play cricket for England when they had the A team/B team. He was on the squad.

My mother used to run. My father used to run. So I really had no choice but to run.

I went to Diego Martin Boys RC but I liked sports more than school so I never went secondary school. I have regrets about that but I try to put it behind my back because, if I think about it, it would frustrate me. So I don’t think about it. I always say QRC is the best team in the world, anyway.

They call me, “Half-a-Soldier” because I passed the Defence Force medical but I get two work the same time and I end up going to the next work in the radio station. But I remained training with the Defence Force track team. They don’t have another Half-a-Soldier after me. I did general assistance in the station for 29 years.

I worked under [Newsday consultant editor] Jones P Madeira in Maraval Rd. I think he was the news director or something but I know he was a good bossman to me.

I see everything in the coup in 1990, when [the Muslimeen gunmen] came into the radio station compound, and I was the first man to get away. Because I and my cousin were playing table tennis in the back of the radio station. I jump over the wall and start to run. Don’t mind is many years ago, I still get a little effect, a little jamming, from it. Sometimes, if I see police passing, I still feel a little how. If police come up by we, I used to go under the bed and hide! I don’t feel it so much again.

I see when the Muslimeen drive down in the back by the 105FM building and raise up the trunk. When I see gun, I start to run. When [broadcaster]Emmett [Hennessy] get shoot, I was going up the same wall where he get hit. But my mind tell me to come back down and that’s how me and a couple of other fellas jump over a next low wall. If I had go up that high wall, I woulda get shoot, too!

At this age, going on 59, I now start to benefit with my running career. I don’t get money but I get success. When I used to run long-time, people used to laugh at me and call me, “the last wagon.” That was my running name, because they say I have Apaches coming behind! But I graduate now and I’m just, “the wagon.” Because I start to beat fellas now.

I still like to watch Westerns. They’re still better shows than these young boy shows and them that don’t really benefit nothing. I like to watch Hell and Back and The Last Wagon – that’s where my name come from. The fella who give me that name was Collymoore. He was an inspector in the police force. I used to come last, so they call me that.

I used to go to Rex Cinema, De Luxe, Astor, Roxy. But I don’t go cinema again. I like to go and sleep nine o’clock in the night! My best show now is Lifetime show. People say is a woman’s channel but I like it, ‘cause I laugh. But the wife put a ban on me because she say it ain’t educated. It always have some drama, somebody want to kill somebody. So she block the channel from me.

Relaxation for me is to watch football on TV. I originally backed Liverpool but, more than 20 years now I bypass them, because of how they treat John Barnes. I went England to run in Wimbledon and my uncle was a Chelsea man and he give me an original Chelsea shirt. So I went to Chelsea.

Is only one team I have after QRC and that is Chelsea. Boy, I still can’t catch myself from that six-nil from Man City! Is not the coaches, you know, is the players. But [Chelsea coach Maurizzio] Sarri making [former Manchester United coach Jose] Mourinho look good, because he never get four and then six and that is ten! Manchester people watching and laughing.

I’m a certified football coach. I was one of the trainers in QRC 2009-13. I win the last Intercol. I’m training Tranquil Girls now, won seven tournament with them in six years. But the best school I work with, discipline-wise, was St Francois Girls.

Sports is my life. I was a really a footballer before I branch out into running. I used to play for Diego Martin Superstars. I’s the man they used to bring on to get the Army [team] tired! I played right wing and I would overlap because I was so fit. I coulda run back and forward.

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayI train every day of the week, average for an hour-and-a-half. I might do four Savannah. Hill work might be five Lady Chancellor, five up, five down, I’m running a 15k and a 7K in New York. My rest [day] is competition, races on Saturday and Sunday.

I could be wrong but I think that what killing West Indies cricket is the Twenty/20. When they win one game, we say the team turn around, but then they turn back!

I support England in cricket because my father got select to play for England. Since England lost the Test series, I still can’t catch myself!

If Barbados playing Trinidad, I back Barbados, because some of my grandparents from there. If Trinidad playing Grenada, I back Grenada, because my wife from there. I don’t mean I like them, but I always like to be in opposition. But I’s an England [cricket]fan right through.

I haven’t gone to church ten years or more. But I still try to keep on the right track. Everything is up to you and your belief but, every time I’m down and I pray, I get answers.

I see miracles work in my life already. First, I always going away with no money and come back! And everything I ask God for, I get. When I was buying my house, me and my wife, we didn’t have no money, but we pray and we listen to some preacher and we end up having the house and we almost finish pay off for it!

Since 2002, I’ve run in Spain, Mexico, Finland, Brasil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, England, Canada, all about. I used to manage myself. When I was going Mexico in 2000, the people which part I born keep a barbecue and we raise $3,000 and the ticket was $2,000. From that, I invest in the credit union, borrow from the credit union and, from that, I start to make tour and start to invest.

I used to have a secretary used to handle my money. I could “check” and everything but she used to handle, like, if I buy a sneakers, she used to make sure and mark it. At one time, I had about $100K perks people give me. I’s the only small-pay runner used to keep function and invite all the media. Up to now, I donate people who need running shoes and equipment.

The best thing about running is the competition. Is be real nice. You win, you lost, in the masters category, everybody still cheer you. Sometimes you down and a man clap – he don’t know you because, remember, you running all in Spain – and you feel good.

The bad part about running is the funding. That is the challenge! But I try not to take it on because, if I’m going to run and I don’t have money, I don’t perform good. Because my mind does be under strain. If I have money, I don’t be under strain.

I never became a top-class runner in Trinidad before because I never used to eat good. I never used to eat before a race because I never had anything to eat. I used to eat sugarcake and bread and go and run. I get a sponsor named Pancho, down by the Guardian side, who support me in food, two meals a day, for 20 years. He used to give me US$100 for duty free in the airport when I was going away to run.

In 2000, I was running with one of the top runners in the world and I finish fifth in the race and my wife I was with then vexed, because she say I was better than them. So I make a design and say no one is to come and watch me run again! My next wife, now, don’t come; and I feel more happy. Sometime, everything could throw off your mind when you go to compete. My wife like me to go up early and settle down and relax but I like the excitement: I like to go today and run tomorrow. I’s be nervous so is better, if I come out the plane, I go and run one-time.

I like how the Minister of National Security and the new Commissioner of Police moving. Before, I used to be scared to train on mornings. The crime. It might change, though. Is only God and Gary could know. Don’t mind I never pass through the service, I’s still “Half-a-Soldier”. He’s a full soldier, I’s a half! So we under the same banner.

I can’t forget Natasha Long. She was my first woman sponsor and she was my main background in running for 25 years. My manager, Hayden Boyce, who has been with me for the last 20 years, finance me and all kind of thing. We used to run together. He beat me in a race already but I never remind him about that! My USA coach is Hansel Levon and Albert “Bertie” King is my coach down here. He don’t like to publish so much. My technical advisor is Susan Garcia and Joan Hospedales.

For me, a Trini is somebody who like fete. I used to like fete, 50-cent party and thing but, how the place get, I don’t go again. So that might make me, “Half-a-Trini”, like, “Half-a-Soldier!”

Trinidad & Tobago mean a lot to me because that is my birthplace. And all my sponsors are from Trinidad & Tobago. And I run for Trinidad & Tobago.

​Running on Empty

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Curtis Brereton and I am the double bronze medallist in the 800m and 1500m in the Masters Championship in Canada in 2018.

I came from a big family because they really from English, Bajan and Grenadian roots. I’s the only one really born in Trinidad. I’m really from Diego Martin. I got three boys, Curtis, aged 30, Cleron, 29 and Clevon, 25. Them fellas don’t run, though. Plus I married over, but my wife, Meredith Lydia Brereton, we got no children.

My father got picked to play cricket for England when they had the A team/B team. He was on the squad.

My mother used to run. My father used to run. So I really had no choice but to run.

I went to Diego Martin Boys RC but I liked sports more than school so I never went secondary school. I have regrets about that but I try to put it behind my back because, if I think about it, it would frustrate me. So I don’t think about it. I always say QRC is the best team in the world, anyway.

They call me, “Half-a-Soldier” because I passed the Defence Force medical but I get two work the same time and I end up going to the next work in the radio station. But I remained training with the Defence Force track team. They don’t have another Half-a-Soldier after me. I did general assistance in the station for 29 years.

I worked under [Newsday consultant editor] Jones P Madeira in Maraval Rd. I think he was the news director or something but I know he was a good bossman to me.

I see everything in the coup in 1990, when [the Muslimeen gunmen] came into the radio station compound, and I was the first man to get away. Because I and my cousin were playing table tennis in the back of the radio station. I jump over the wall and start to run. Don’t mind is many years ago, I still get a little effect, a little jamming, from it. Sometimes, if I see police passing, I still feel a little how. If police come up by we, I used to go under the bed and hide! I don’t feel it so much again.

I see when the Muslimeen drive down in the back by the 105FM building and raise up the trunk. When I see gun, I start to run. When [broadcaster]Emmett [Hennessy] get shoot, I was going up the same wall where he get hit. But my mind tell me to come back down and that’s how me and a couple of other fellas jump over a next low wall. If I had go up that high wall, I woulda get shoot, too!

At this age, going on 59, I now start to benefit with my running career. I don’t get money but I get success. When I used to run long-time, people used to laugh at me and call me, “the last wagon.” That was my running name, because they say I have Apaches coming behind! But I graduate now and I’m just, “the wagon.” Because I start to beat fellas now.

I still like to watch Westerns. They’re still better shows than these young boy shows and them that don’t really benefit nothing. I like to watch Hell and Back and The Last Wagon – that’s where my name come from. The fella who give me that name was Collymoore. He was an inspector in the police force. I used to come last, so they call me that.

I used to go to Rex Cinema, De Luxe, Astor, Roxy. But I don’t go cinema again. I like to go and sleep nine o’clock in the night! My best show now is Lifetime show. People say is a woman’s channel but I like it, ‘cause I laugh. But the wife put a ban on me because she say it ain’t educated. It always have some drama, somebody want to kill somebody. So she block the channel from me.

Relaxation for me is to watch football on TV. I originally backed Liverpool but, more than 20 years now I bypass them, because of how they treat John Barnes. I went England to run in Wimbledon and my uncle was a Chelsea man and he give me an original Chelsea shirt. So I went to Chelsea.

Is only one team I have after QRC and that is Chelsea. Boy, I still can’t catch myself from that six-nil from Man City! Is not the coaches, you know, is the players. But [Chelsea coach Maurizzio] Sarri making [former Manchester United coach Jose] Mourinho look good, because he never get four and then six and that is ten! Manchester people watching and laughing.

I’m a certified football coach. I was one of the trainers in QRC 2009-13. I win the last Intercol. I’m training Tranquil Girls now, won seven tournament with them in six years. But the best school I work with, discipline-wise, was St Francois Girls.

Sports is my life. I was a really a footballer before I branch out into running. I used to play for Diego Martin Superstars. I’s the man they used to bring on to get the Army [team] tired! I played right wing and I would overlap because I was so fit. I coulda run back and forward.

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayI train every day of the week, average for an hour-and-a-half. I might do four Savannah. Hill work might be five Lady Chancellor, five up, five down, I’m running a 15k and a 7K in New York. My rest [day] is competition, races on Saturday and Sunday.

I could be wrong but I think that what killing West Indies cricket is the Twenty/20. When they win one game, we say the team turn around, but then they turn back!

I support England in cricket because my father got select to play for England. Since England lost the Test series, I still can’t catch myself!

If Barbados playing Trinidad, I back Barbados, because some of my grandparents from there. If Trinidad playing Grenada, I back Grenada, because my wife from there. I don’t mean I like them, but I always like to be in opposition. But I’s an England [cricket]fan right through.

I haven’t gone to church ten years or more. But I still try to keep on the right track. Everything is up to you and your belief but, every time I’m down and I pray, I get answers.

I see miracles work in my life already. First, I always going away with no money and come back! And everything I ask God for, I get. When I was buying my house, me and my wife, we didn’t have no money, but we pray and we listen to some preacher and we end up having the house and we almost finish pay off for it!

Since 2002, I’ve run in Spain, Mexico, Finland, Brasil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, England, Canada, all about. I used to manage myself. When I was going Mexico in 2000, the people which part I born keep a barbecue and we raise $3,000 and the ticket was $2,000. From that, I invest in the credit union, borrow from the credit union and, from that, I start to make tour and start to invest.

I used to have a secretary used to handle my money. I could “check” and everything but she used to handle, like, if I buy a sneakers, she used to make sure and mark it. At one time, I had about $100K perks people give me. I’s the only small-pay runner used to keep function and invite all the media. Up to now, I donate people who need running shoes and equipment.

The best thing about running is the competition. Is be real nice. You win, you lost, in the masters category, everybody still cheer you. Sometimes you down and a man clap – he don’t know you because, remember, you running all in Spain – and you feel good.

The bad part about running is the funding. That is the challenge! But I try not to take it on because, if I’m going to run and I don’t have money, I don’t perform good. Because my mind does be under strain. If I have money, I don’t be under strain.

I never became a top-class runner in Trinidad before because I never used to eat good. I never used to eat before a race because I never had anything to eat. I used to eat sugarcake and bread and go and run. I get a sponsor named Pancho, down by the Guardian side, who support me in food, two meals a day, for 20 years. He used to give me US$100 for duty free in the airport when I was going away to run.

In 2000, I was running with one of the top runners in the world and I finish fifth in the race and my wife I was with then vexed, because she say I was better than them. So I make a design and say no one is to come and watch me run again! My next wife, now, don’t come; and I feel more happy. Sometime, everything could throw off your mind when you go to compete. My wife like me to go up early and settle down and relax but I like the excitement: I like to go today and run tomorrow. I’s be nervous so is better, if I come out the plane, I go and run one-time.

I like how the Minister of National Security and the new Commissioner of Police moving. Before, I used to be scared to train on mornings. The crime. It might change, though. Is only God and Gary could know. Don’t mind I never pass through the service, I’s still “Half-a-Soldier”. He’s a full soldier, I’s a half! So we under the same banner.

I can’t forget Natasha Long. She was my first woman sponsor and she was my main background in running for 25 years. My manager, Hayden Boyce, who has been with me for the last 20 years, finance me and all kind of thing. We used to run together. He beat me in a race already but I never remind him about that! My USA coach is Hansel Levon and Albert “Bertie” King is my coach down here. He don’t like to publish so much. My technical advisor is Susan Garcia and Joan Hospedales.

For me, a Trini is somebody who like fete. I used to like fete, 50-cent party and thing but, how the place get, I don’t go again. So that might make me, “Half-a-Trini”, like, “Half-a-Soldier!”

Trinidad & Tobago mean a lot to me because that is my birthplace. And all my sponsors are from Trinidad & Tobago. And I run for Trinidad & Tobago.