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Martin ends Blagrove's CUMI Come Run 10K winning streak

Thursday, September 27, 2018

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SANDY BAY, Hanover —When the dust settled after the 10th annual CUMI Come Run last Saturday, a new 10K female champion was crowned.

Tricia Martin, a first- time entrant from the JamDammers running club in Kingston, dethroned four-time champion Karlene Blagrove.

“I feel great, but I was focused on the run and not so much the end result. Now, having known that I beat the four-time champion, it feels even better,” said Martin, after her brilliant performance. “It was very challenging, but I trained hard and those sprints on Russell Heights (in St Andrew) paid off.”

When asked how she felt, Blagrove, who placed third, said, “I enjoyed the run and, of course, the prizes last year, and I came back to win. I came to the race late and as you could see, I have a knee injury.”

Kemar Leslie, the 2017 5K male champion, dominated the 10K race ahead of last year's winner Ronique Williams.

“I decided to take on another challenge this year. Williams is a good friend of mine, but it feels good that I've won,” said Leslie, who crossed over the finish line with ease.

Jozanne Harris of Rainforest Seafoods retained her 5K championship title, while her colleague Tyrese Reid, emerged the new 5K men's winner with a CUMI record winning time of 17.34 minutes.

Eight hundred and thirty five individuals participated in the 10th staging of the event held at the historic Tryall Club in Hanover.

Race organiser Junior Taylor thanked the sponsors of the event for their dedication to CUMI for the last 10 years.

“We do not know how we would make this possible every year, had it not been for Tryall Club who have graciously hosted us, and our other sponsors,” said Taylor, adding that “CUMI looks forward to your ongoing support as we try to change lives for the better. “

CUMI provides rehabilitation of the mentally ill and homeless who have either been turned out of their homes and left to wander the streets, and those who simply cannot afford to get treatment in another facility.

The annual CUMI Come Run is the main fund-raiser for the institution.

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