Brown, Dixon im­press at Burger King ‘Run Di Road’ 10K

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Ray­mond Gra­ham Gleaner Writer

WITH VERY cool con­di­tions pre­vail­ing for most of the morn­ing due to per­sis­tent show­ers just be­fore the race, de­fend­ing cham­pion Kirk Brown and last year’s third-place fin­isher Brit­nie Dixon of Vere Tech­ni­cal made the most of the chill at yes­ter­day’s stag­ing of the Burger King Port­more ‘Run Di Road’ 10K road race.

The pair cap­tured the male and fe­male ti­tles in con­vinc­ing style, with Brown, who was win­ning the event for a fifth time and four years in a row, clock­ing 31 min­utes 55 sec­onds for the win.

Like he did a year ago, the in-form Oshane Archibald of G.C. Fos­ter Col­lege had to set­tle for sec­ond place in 32 min­utes 14 sec­onds, while former Mavis Bank High School ath­lete Garfield Gor­don took third place in 32 min­utes 17 sec­onds.

Brown, who less than 12 hours ear­lier had cap­tured the Guardian Life Night 5K event in New Kingston, showed no form of tired­ness as once again he proved that he is the best in the is­land on the road tak­ing con­trol of the race from the early stages.

“It was not hard for me to­day (yes­ter­day) be­cause, in the first part of the race, the other run­ners ran to my ad­van­tage as they went out very fast. But that suited me be­cause I know that I have strong en­durance and good top-end speed. Af­ter tak­ing over at the 6K mark, I just pulled away from the field. Run­ning the night be­fore didn’t af­fected me as I have done this be­fore and I am used to this, “said Brown.

Dixon, one of the favourites to dom­i­nate in the mid­dle dis­tance at Champs next year, was in a nonon­sense mood, dom­i­nat­ing her ri­vals to be the first fe­male to cross the line in 40 min­utes 59 sec­onds, ahead of Church Teach­ers’ Col­lege’s Melissa Tyme, 41:04 sec­onds, and Ed­win Allen’s Kara Grant, who com­peted for Spald­ing High last year, fin­ish­ing third in 41 min­utes 14 sec­onds.

“It was a very com­pet­i­tive race, but I was con­fi­dent in win­ning as my strat­egy was to just get out very fast on my ri­vals, know­ing that they would have dif­fi­culty in catch­ing me back; and I just in­creased my speed af­ter ev­ery 1K,” said Dixon.

MUCH IM­PROVED

With their pow­er­ful mid­dle-dis­tance team, Ed­win Allen’s girls topped the fe­male team event fin­ish­ing first with an av­er­age of 42 min­utes 32 sec­onds. Vere Tech­ni­cal was sec­ond in 43:28, with Holm­wood Tech­ni­cal tak­ing third in 44:52.

The much-im­proved Mavis Bank High took the male team award with an av­er­age time of 36 min­utes 17 sec­onds, ahead of Belle­field High, 36 min­utes 19 and St. Jago High third with 37 min­utes 13 sec­onds.

As usual, it was very ex­cit­ing among teams in the 4x1500 me­tres re­lays, where Hy­del High, led by Monifa Green, and Kingston Col­lege, led by Shane Buchanan cap­tured the fe­male and male ti­tles, while GC Fos­ter Col­lege was first in the In­sti­tu­tions and Clubs sec­tion.

Subrina McDon­ald-Rad­cliffe, re­gional sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager of Burger King, was very pleased with the event de­spite a lower turnout from previous years and the ab­sence of a walk race.

“We are very pleased of what hap­pened to­day (yes­ter­day) and de­spite not do­ing our usual 5K in Man­dev­ille this year lead­ing up to the event to­day, due to the weather, and although the turnout is not what we wanted, we are grate­ful. The in­ter­est is still in the prod­uct and next year we are hop­ing to make it much big­ger and bet­ter, as we are go­ing back to the ta­ble to do some se­ri­ous pan­ning,” said McDon­ald-Rad­cliffe.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Kirk Brown ap­proaches the fin­ish line to top yes­ter­day’s Port­more Burger King 10K road race.

VERE Tech­ni­cal’s Brit­nie Dixon (left) fe­male cham­pion of yes­ter­day’s Port­more Burger King 10K road race, re­ceives her win­ning tro­phy from Ri­cardo Brooks, spon­sor­ship man­ager at Burger King.

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