GC Foster runners dominate

Thursday, May 10, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Despite the threat of rain which affected several of the western parishes over last weekend, an estimated 4,000 people turned out on Sunday to participate in the fifth staging of the MoBay City Run.

From as early as 5:15 am, runners started trekking inside the Old Hospital Park on Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, where they received their racing bibs and instructions for the 5K and 10K run/walk from organisers. And by the time the clock started approaching the 6:00 am starting time, participants were in line and awaiting for the starter to say go.

It was, as expected, a cavalry charge for positions as runners made their way onto Howard Cooke Boulevard where the race really started to shape up.

When the dust finally settled, it was the experience of the runners from the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, led by Oshane Archibald, that won the day.

Archibald took home the male section of the 10K run in a time of 34:12.00 minutes, ahead of Henry Thomas (35:43.00) and Rohealo Gregory (36:38.00).

In the 5K race, it was Garfield Gordon, training partner of Archibald, also from GC Foster, who crossed the line first ahead of Jerome Kirby and Ronique Williams.

In the female section of the 5K, it was yet another GC Foster protégé, Kelly-Ann Beckford who turned back the challenge of 13–year-old Tia Anderson from Mount Alvernia High School, with Ingrid Peterkin finishing third.

In the female 10K section, Carlene Blagrove was first, followed by Roshell Smalling, while Jill Stewart finished third.

Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, who also participated in the race, said the MoBay City Run is now officially “an institution” in the tourism capital.

“This was something to behold…the start of the race…with that sea of people... this is very good for the city of Montego Bay and the organisers must be commended,” he noted.

Mayor Davis said he is hoping other corporate entities are now seeing what is possible and lend their support to the event in 2019.

“This certainly takes a lot of planning and was not an easy thing to pull off,” he added. “I personally know of the hard work and sacrifice Janet Silvera and her team put into making this possible. We must continue to give them all our support as we try to give access to education to all our students.”

And while not meeting the 5,000 participants organisers were hoping far, Silvera said this year's staging was the most organised of the five years of MoBay City Run.

“Overall, this was probably our best meet since we started in 2014,” she noted. She credited the “bringing in of road race professionals from Fort Lauderdale, Florida”, who she said “helped us to contain the crowd”.

For his part, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Omar Robinson, who also participated, said the event keeps getting “better and better”, and is now one of the biggest road races in the country.

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