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Hard times hit Fun Run

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Hard times hit Fun Run

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THE TOUGH ECONOMIC times might have impacted the annual Ship Inn Fun Run.
Speaking to the MIDWEEK NATION before the start of the event in Independence Square last Sunday, coordinator Dawn Lisa Callender-Smith said the numbers were down from 4 500 last year to the 3 500 who made the run and walk from Bridgetown to The Ship Inn in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church.
Callender-Smith said the impact was evidenced by the fact that several parents bought T-Shirts for only their children rather than for both parties, as was the case in the past.
She noted that the numbers were down by 1 000, but the level of fun and excitement was on par. She said the prizes had been improved as well.
It was the first time that the late Auntie Olga, who was a familiar face with the charity event, was not in the thick of things. Callender-Smith said the humanitarian was gone but not forgotten.
The start of the race was preceded by a tribute by the junior walkers and runners who released colourful balloons into the air.
Winner Mark Greenidge finished ahead of the pack for the third consecutive year, in a time of 22 minutes, 16 seconds.
The first junior to cross the line was nine-year-old Javier Bootman, while Belinda Bradberry was the first female to cross the finish line.
Most of the adults and children who took to the streets were arguably in it for the fun and, based on the camaraderie exhibited along the route, there was a lot of that. (YB)