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SAJ says, thank you!

Published:Tuesday | July 22, 2014 | 7:00 AM
On your mark, get set, go! Runners dash across the start line during the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s 75th anniversary 5K Run/Walk held at the Caribbean Maritime Institute on June 28. The event was sponsored by JP Tropical Foods, PepsiCola Jamaica (Gatorade), Power106/Music 99 FM, Grace-Kennedy, Leder Mode Ltd, ADVANTUM, Safety and Industrial Supplies Limited, MicroLabs Limited, Newport Medical Group/Ljekarna Pharmacy, Allied Insurance Brokers, The Gleaner Company Limited and Caribbean Maritime Institute.
Shipping Industry walk winners: Sharlene Brown (centre) of Maritime Authority of Jamaica, won her category ahead of Candice Nugent (right) of Port Authority of Jamaica and Peta-Gay Tyrell (left) of Shipping Services Limited.
Members of team SAJ are all smiles following the successful staging of the association’s 75th anniversary 5K Run/Walk, held June 28 at Caribbean Maritime Institute.
Nicole Roberts (front), human resource and development manager, poses with the winner and runners-up of the 5K Run. The winner, Karlene Blagrove, who finished in a time of 20:25 (centre), is flanked by Martina Christian (right), 22:46, of Sonic Steppers, who placed second, and 15-year-old Stephanie Franz, 22:52, who placed third.
Nicole Roberts (front), human resource and development manager, poses with male winners of the 5K Run. Jassette Bromfield (centre) outruns the pack and completed the race in 16:31. He was closely followed by second-place finisher Tajerro Allen (right), 17:47, and Gavin Francis of Pacers Running Club, who finished third in 17:52.
Nicole Roberts (front) shares the spotlight with the female winner and runners-up of the 5K Walk. Topping the field of walkers in 33: 39 was Norlene Cornwall (centre) of 2Fit2Quit while Sharlene Brown (right) of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica finished a close second in 34:22. Jacqueline Rutter finished in third place in a time of 35:43.
Nicole Roberts (front) shares the spotlight with male winners of the 5K Walk. Rohan Gordon (centre) of Eden Gardens Wellness won the male walk category in 24:50. Andre Smith finished second in 27:28. Shane Pryce of Shipping Association of Jamaica finished third in 30:10.
Shipping Industry runners in the male category share a light moment after the presentation of trophies. Winning the event was Hakeem Brown (second left) of Shipping Services Limited, second was David Alexander (second right) of KCT Services, and third was Marlando Reynolds (left) of Kingston Wharves Limited. Sharing in the moment was Luckresha Baker (right), training and development manager at the SAJ.
Shipping industry runners in the female category were all smiles after the presentation of trophies. Winning the event was Diandra McDonald (second left) of KCT Services Limited, second was Raihn Sibbles (right) of Jashipco Express. Third was Natola Meredith (left) of Maritime Authority of Jamaica. Sharing in the moment was Luckresha Baker (second right), training and development manager at SAJ.
Shipping Industry walk winners: Shayne Pryce (left) of Shipping Association of Jamaica won the male industry category ahead of Seymour Harley (right) of Maritime Authority of Jamaica. Missing is third-place winner David Garrick of KCT Services Limited.
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The scenic Palisadoes, cool sea breeze and an institute of higher learning provided the perfect setting for the successful staging of the Shipping Association of Jamaica's (SAJ) 75th Anniversary 5K Run/Walk.

As the sun rose on the morning of June 28, runners and walkers athered at the Caribbean Maritime Institute were champing at the bit, eager to brave the yellow beast and asphalt to record their best times. Others, however, were in a celebratory mood, happy just to be part of an event marking SAJ's 75th anniversary.

"Our aim was to have at least 500 participants. However, we had more than 800 persons who registered for the event," Andrea White, chairperson for the SAJ's RunWalk committee, shared.

"To all the runners and walkers who participated, we want to say thank you for your support and for making our 75th anniversary Run/Walk a success," White said.

She pointed out that the event owed its success largely to its sponsors and the team from Running Events Limited.

The team from Running Events, she said, led by Alfred 'Frano' Francis, with its wealth of knowledge, expertly guided the process while working along with the team from the SAJ.

Grateful to sponsors

"I must say a special thank you to our sponsors who partnered with us for our 75th anniversary Run/Walk," White said. "Our sponsors delivered beyond our expectations and they demonstrated the value of the relationship they have with the Shipping Association."

Sponsors for the event were JP Tropical Foods, PepsiCola Jamaica, GraceKennedy, Power 106/Music 99 FM, Leder Mode Ltd, Advantum, Safety and Industrial Supplies Limited, MicroLabs Limited, Newport Medical Group, Allied Insurance Brokers, Caribbean Maritime Institute and The Gleaner Company Limited.

White added that, based on the positive feedback from both participants and sponsors, the SAJ will be hosting another 5K next year.

"This time we will bring the event to Port Bustamante and give persons an opportunity to see another side of the shipping industry," she said.