Three do it all over at Long Bay
It was deja vu for three competitors when the annual Long Bay Community Youth Group 5K Run/Walk and 10K Ride came off on Sunday in cool conditions.
Shamel Maynard and Drew-Ann Clarke retained their titles in men’s and women’s 5-K Run, while Rodney Blackman repeated as champion walker.
The runners moved off from the starting point at Roslyn’s Shop in St Philip around 4:30 p.m; one minute ahead of the walkers, with spectators hurrying to secure a vantage point by the finish line over at Oasis next to Sam Lord Castle.
Among those who viewed the event was Attorney General, Adriel Brathwaite who is the representative for St Philip South.
In the run, Maynard made it a one-man show, surging strongly to the finish in 16 minutes, 51 seconds. Jerome Blackett was second in a time of 17:41 minutes. Fabian Norgrove ran Blackett all the way to the line to finish third in 17:51 minutes.
Clarke crushed the women with a fantastic display of running to win in 22 minutes, 43 seconds. She was followed home by Jane Evelyn with a time of 23:39 while Linda Luther stopped the clock at 24:59 minutes for third place.
Blackman took the walk in 27 minutes, 15 seconds from Anderson Maughan (28:07) and Eon Mitchell, who clocked 29:34.
Charmaine Belgrave made light work of the women, getting home in 34:31 minutes, while Cyrilene Graham returned a time of 36:36 for second spot and Ray Baptiste (38:31) was third.
The cycling race attracted only five participants, among them nine-year-old St Gabriel’s School student Luke McIntyre, who not only completed the two laps route of Long Bay, Robinson’s Land, Ruby, Duncans, Union and Belair, but earned a rousing applause at the finish.
The top three places went to Sedwin Jones, Zanbeza Richards and Rashid Clarke in that order; however, no times were recorded. Earlier, there was a fun event for boys and girls over two kilometres.
Nine-year-old Aryton Carter won the run, ahead of Imhotep Browne and Nathaniel Brathwaite. Anika Blackman, 13, took the girls race from rivals Zakaiya Hunte and Aliyah Haddaway.
Brathwaite presented the trophies and prizes afterwards. (LY)