Heroes in Ac­tion champs ea­ger for 8K test

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

Kar­lene Bla­grove (left) and Ryon Cham­bers, win­ners of the fe­male and male over­all ti­tles at last year’s Ja­maica Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety Heroes in Ac­tion Run/Walk. WITH JUST over two weeks to go be­fore the sec­ond stag­ing of the Ja­maica Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety Foun­da­tion Heroes In Ac­tion Run/Walk, slated for Fal­mouth, Trelawny, on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 17, de­fend­ing male and fe­male cham­pi­ons Ryon Cham­bers and Karen Bla­grove are both con­fi­dent about re­tain­ing their ti­tles.

Un­like last year’s stag­ing, the ath­letes will not com­pete over a 5K dis­tance as, this time around, the or­gan­is­ers have de­cided to pro­vide a 4K and an 8K route.

Both cham­pi­ons will jour­ney over the longer dis­tance. When The Gleaner caught up with them yes­ter­day, they were both ex­tremely up­beat and con­fi­dent of win­ning again de­spite go­ing an ex­tra 3 kilo­me­tres.

EX­PECT­ING FAST TIME

“I def­i­nitely will run the longer event as the 4K is for kids, and be­ing an elite dis­tance ath­lete, run­ning the 8K is my ideal event,” said Cham­bers.

“This is one of the best routes I have com­peted on be­cause it is very flat and I am ex­pect­ing a re­ally fast time,” added Cham­bers.

Vet­eran Bla­grove has hardly missed a road race in Ja­maica and, de­spite her age, she is look­ing for­ward once again to de­fend­ing her ti­tle in style and her stay in that part of the is­land.

“I am ea­ger to com­pete once again. At this mo­ment, I am ac­tu­ally try­ing to book some­where to stay as I will be us­ing the op­por­tu­nity for a va­ca­tion in Fal­mouth and, af­ter the race, I will spend few days tour­ing,” said Bla­grove, who also stated that she prefers the ex­tended dis­tance as she is in race marathon form at the mo­ment. No­vak Djokovic of Ser­bia hits a back­hand re­turn to Quentin Halys of France dur­ing their sec­ond-round match at the Aus­tralian Open ten­nis cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day.

AP

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