Manchester High launches Capital Run
Manchester High School launched its inaugural 5K Run/Walk, dubbed Manchester Capital Run, on the school compound on Tuesday.
The race will be run on Sunday, December 10, in Mandeville at 6:30 a.m. It will start at Ward Avenue and end at the school. The route: Ward Avenue to Andrews Memorial Church, left on to West Road out to Greenvale Road, make a left and travel straight to Manchester High School.
There will be cash prizes and trophies for the overall winners, both male and female, in walk and run, age categories, high school team categories, along with corporate groups.
Race director and coach at Manchester High Jerry Holness said that it was only fitting that the school introduce its own 5K run/walk in the form of the Manchester Capital Run as the school and parish both have a rich history of performance in the middle and long distances. He mentioned Linton McKenzie, Delroy Hayden, Norval Jones, George Turbo Powell, Winston 'Skinnyman' Taylor, Hilda Baker, the Turner sisters, and in more recent times, Natoya Goule.
According to Jaford Gabriel, the school's principal, proceeds from the run will be invested in the school's sports programmes. He said that it was called the Manchester Capital Run in order to embrace the whole parish and not just the school community.
The Manchester Capital Run was endorsed by the mayor of Mandeville and the member of parliament, who were represented by Councillor John Oliphant.
The school board was represented by vice-chairman Karlene Thompson, who said that the board was fully behind the school in its quest to meet its commitment to provide a healthy sporting environment for its students. She also said that she planned to walk the route.
Patriarch of sports in the parish and former president of the JAAA Pat Anderson attended the launch as well as Kadian Holness, president of the Manchester Netball Association.
Representatives of noted middle and long distance schools in the parish and beyond attended the launch. They included coach Megan Wilson-Copeland and student athletes of Spalding High along with Reynaldo Walcott and students of St Elizabeth Technical High.
Several sponsors are already on board for the inaugural Manchester Capital Run. They are official water sponsor Tropical Blue Water, Ricam Construction, C&D Con-struction and Engineering Ltd, Mother's Enterprises, Dr & Mrs Peter Wellington, Dr Orville Blair, TRJ Trading Ltd, and Dr & Mrs Christopher Duval.