Archibald, Ballentine-Powell top LASCO iDrade Break of Dawn 5K

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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Kingston , Jamaica — Tamara Ballentine-Powell and Oshane Archibald copped the top prizes in the LASCO iDrade Break of Dawn 5K run.

Ballentine-Powell posted a time of 25.39 minutes to secure the top female spot, while Carlene Green registered 25.44 minutes for second, and Kymone Dunbar clocked 26.57 minutes for third place.

Archibald executed a comfortable win in 18.52 minutes to cross the finish line first overall, while Allay Ashman came in second for the men's 5K run category with a time of 19.45 minutes, and Gavin Francis placed third in 19.47 minutes.

Cool temperatures and an excellent course also rewarded 5K walkers Paula Sinclair and Lenworth Hunter with winning times of 35.26 and 43.21 minutes, respectively. Njeri Osbourne clocked 40.11 minutes for second and Pheona Allen, 44.10 minutes for third behind Sinclair. Darien Callum came in at 43.21 minutes and Horace Hines, 51.24 minutes to round out the top three males.

The run began at JN Bank using the Suthermere exit, with a right onto Parish Place, left onto Hope Road, left onto East Kings House Road, right onto Marley Road, right unto Hope Road, right onto Eastwood Park Road, right onto South Odeon Avenue, and terminated at JN Bank.

Allay Ashman of UCT Steppers lauded the efforts of the organisers.

“It was a very good race; I just opened up in my season and I did about 19 minutes. The route was good; it was a very fast route; I could have done a better time. I like the participation and the turnout. It's always good to give back and I thought it would be a good thing to participate and show my support for Lupus Foundation.”

Ferhandi Henry, founder of GoRun Running Club, said his team chose to support the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica because a lot of Jamaicans are not aware of the disease and, by extension, understand the health issues associated.

“We decided to support the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica because they do not get a lot of support and they need it. We hope next year will be an even bigger crowd. I wish to say a big thank you to LASCO iDrade and all our sponsors who came on board — your support is invaluable and I am humbled at the response to our cry for help,” noted Henry.

The remarkable support of participants and sponsors were also commended by Lyshon Davis, LASCO iDrade brand manager.

“When citizens unite for a common cause, for the benefit of those in need, that is remarkable and inspiring. We hope that in the coming years the rally for support for the Lupus Foundation will resonate with even more persons, so that we can gain the support and public education needed for this unique group of persons,” she explained.

Emily Dixon, fund-raising officer at the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica, noted that treatment for the disease can be quite costly and so the foundation hopes to be able to provide various types of support to assist persons with the disease to cope. However, the current deficiency of funds is proving challenging.

“We are so thrilled that Go Run selected us to be their charity of choice. Right now, we need all the help we can get where it relates to getting funding for the foundation so that we can fulfil some of our goals. This has really been a blessing because it really has been difficult for this volunteer non-profit organisation that is run by doctors and patients. Doctors are busy treating the patients, the patients are dealing with debilitating effects of the disease, as well as it is hard for you to take on additional planning of events and tasks when you are dealing with a disease like lupus. So we need the help and these collaborations from people who are driven to give back, to help out a charity — and we are thrilled to have been part of this.”

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