Guardian Group Foundation night runs reap success
THOUSANDS OF enthusiastic road-race participants turned out in Kingston and Montego Bay, St James, on November 5 and November 12, respectively, to support the Guardian Group Foundation ‘Keep It Alive 5K’ night runs to raise funds for four hospitals across the island: the University Hospital of the West Indies, the Cornwall Regional Hospital; the Mandeville Regional Hospital, and the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.
With a cash prize incentive, runners came out ready and roaring to compete. Elite runner Kirk Brown could not be stopped. He won the first-place prize at both events in a time of 15 minutes and 39 seconds in Kingston and 15 minutes and 13 seconds in Montego Bay. His running mate, Dwayne Graham, also placed second at both races. He ran 15 minutes and 50 seconds in Kingston and 15 minutes and 38 seconds in Montego Bay. Lenford Adams placed third in Kingston, while Larone Haye placed third in Montego Bay.
The women also showed their competitive spirit and battled for top prizes, with the firstplace prize for Kingston going to teenager Llori Sharpe of St Andrew High School for Girls. Arieta Martin placed second in Kingston but improved in Montego Bay for a first-place finish, while Karlene Blagrove, who finished in third place in Kingston, picked up the secondplace prize in Montego Bay. Rusea’s High School student Kimone Buchanan finished third in Montego Bay.
After all was said and done, and the runners, walkers, and wheelers completed the 5K course, they were treated to an electrifying performance package at the After-Race Lyme by dancehall superstar Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis. Media personality Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small added her vibrancy to the After-Race Lyme. Race patron Dr Sara Lawrence presents Sylvia Grant with her first-place trophy for the wheelchair race at the Kingston staging of the night run.
Dancehall superstar Moses ‘Beenie Man’ Davis entertains the crowd at the After-Race Lyme in Montego Bay, St James.
Eric Hosin (right), president of Guardian Life Limited, presents Kirk Brown with his first-place trophy at the Kingston 5K road race.