Green, James on top at CB/UWI 5K
Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer
NEW champions were crowned at yesterday's third staging of the CB Group/UWI 5K Run held at the University of the West Indies Mona Bowl, as veteran Rupert Green and G.C. Foster College's Danielle James were the first male and female athletes to cross the finish line.
The event, which was once again well supported, saw Green stopping the clock in a swift 15 minutes 31 seconds to take the top spot among the males. G.C. Foster College athletes took the next two spots as Oshane Archibald (15:31) and Webster Chung (16:13) finished second and third, respectively. Green, who was a close second-place finisher at last Sunday's Burger King Portmore 10K, was very pleased with his performance yesterday.
"It was a very good race for me, and I like the course as there is uphill and downhill (areas) and it was a good mix. Last week when I came second, I was very tired, but I put in the work the past week and I was really ready for this one," Green said.
"Archibald was very competitive, as I was only able to get by him at the 3K mark," added Green, who stated that his next event on the road will be the Reggae Marathon in Negril next month.
James, who over the years has represented the Mavis Bank Track Club with success, was winning her first event on the road this season, stopping the clock at 19 minutes 24 seconds. Coming in second was Juliette Dinnall (19:32), with third place going to Mico University College's Patricia Powell (22:48).
James was happy for her first win this season on the road.
"I am overwhelmed with my win today as the past months have been rough for me. I did not do well at the past two events - the Mandeville and Portmore Burger King races - as the change of training environment has affected me somewhat, but I am slowly getting back to my best," said James, whose next event will be the Wolmer's Boys 5K this coming Sunday.
The event, which was used to raise funds for scholarship athletes at UWI and purchase equipment for the University Hospital of the West Indies, as well as purchase a dialysis unit, saw over 4,000 participants.
Mark Haskins, chief executive officer of the CB Group, was elated with the support.
"It is unbelievable to see the support today, and we are extremely proud to see these people supporting the event, people even among my age group who have dedicated themselves to come out to run and walk on a Sunday morning; and seeing the happiness among them is even greater, " said Heskins, who stated his group is committed to support the event for at least the next five years.
Meet Organiser Alfred 'Franno' Francis, who is also the man in charge of Running Events Limited, was honoured at yesterday's event for his commitment to road racing in Jamaica. Francis had high marks for the event.
"It was another successful staging, as everything went well, and I must thank all those who helped to make the event a success. I am happy to know that people want to help in changing their lifestyle and contributing to fund raising," said Francis.
"Last year, I was absent due to illness, and I must first say thanks to the Creator and to the people who have honoured me ... to know that they have recognised me for doing something positive; I am extremely humbled," said Francis.