JN’s Jar­rett ex­cited with growth of Heroes in Action

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Richard Mo­rais Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: YEAR TWO OF the Ja­maica Na­tional (JN) and the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run has been given the thumbs up by JN’s gen­eral man­ager, Earl Jar­rett.

The event, which brought to­gether close to 2,000 par­tic­i­pants in the pic­turesque, his­tor­i­cal Ge­or­gian-style town of Fal­mouth, more than dou­bled last year’s reg­is­tra­tion num­bers, with a beam­ing Jar­rett ad­mit­ting that the char­ity races would be the re­cip­i­ent of in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion in 2017.

“I am very happy with what I have seen this year, the num­bers have in­creased al­most to dou­ble those of last year, and in any exam 100 per cent is good,” said Jar­rett.

“We def­i­nitely will be back next year with an in­ter­na­tional com­po­nent to it as we seek to make this event a big­ger and in­deed bet­ter one each time it’s held,” he added. Com­peti­tors set out on their jour­ney in the 8K event at Sun­day’s Ja­maica Na­tional (JN) Build­ing So­ci­ety and the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion Heroes in Action 8k Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run in Fal­mouth, Trelawny.

28-year-old Len­ford Adams copped first prize and was named the over­all win­ner of the event after tak­ing the sta­ple event, the 8K Run, in a time of 30.31 min­utes. The al­ways present Ronique Wil­liams took sec­ond place, cross­ing the fin­ish line in 30.34, with third place go­ing to Lu­cien Gra­ham (40.36).

Ann-Marie Fine­gan took the top prize for the women in 39.21

min­utes as Ashe­laun Lin­ton took sec­ond in a time of 40.02. Seven­teen-year-old Chantel Corn­wall copped third in 40.36.

FIN­ISH LINE

The 4K event, which criss­crossed the his­toric town, saw the Wil­liam Knibb Me­mo­rial High School’s 14-year-old stu­dent Shawna-Kay Prince tak­ing the crown. De­nache John­son of Melia Run­ners was sec­ond, with

11-year-old Mar­sha McKoy of Dun­cans All-Age third.

On the male side, the ti­tle went to 14-year-old Ja­mario Da­ley of JADA. Go-Run Run­ning Club’s An­dré Smith crossed the fin­ish line in sec­ond and an­other pre-teen, 11-yearold Lo­cordo Da­ley, was third, as var­i­ous high schools used the event to sharpen their ath­letes’ strength and stamina ahead of the up­com­ing track sea­son. World 100 and 200m record holder Usain Bolt (left) presents the first-place tro­phy to Len­ford Adams at yes­ter­day’s Ja­maica Na­tional (JN) and the Usain Bolt Foun­da­tion Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run in Fal­mouth, Trelawny.

Home town su­per­hero Usain Bolt, said his delight with the cause is to help chil­dren with var­i­ous chal­lenges. He was very de­mon­stra­tive in pledg­ing to sup­port the event as long as it is held.

Bolt, the world’s fast man over the 100m and 200m, as well as shar­ing in mul­ti­ple records with Ja­maica’s 4x100m re­lay teams, obliged the crowd by sign­ing au­to­graphs and tak­ing self­ies with his ador­ing fans.

He un­der­lined his plea­sure at be­ing as­so­ci­ated with the event on many lev­els, pri­mar­ily be­cause it means giving back to needy chil­dren and that it brings Fal­mouth to the pub­lic in a way not be­fore seen.

PHOTOS BY RICHARD MO­RAIS

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