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Winning from the heart ... Burey, Blagrove take Sigma Run

Published:Monday | February 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Usain Bolt is greeted by fans at yesterday's PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run in St Andrew. Bolt was an official patron of the run, which was seeking to raise $50 million towards Chain of Hope Jamaica. -. Colin Hamiltion/ Freelance Photographer

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

LIKE he did last year, Horace Burey was again in front as he captured the 14th annual PanCaribbean Sigma Corporate Run yesterday, finishing the 5.6km event in 18 minutes 08 seconds to get the better of his friend Andrew Gutzmore, who clocked 18:18 for second place.

Third went to Keroy Benjamin, who covered the course in 18:27.

Among the females, it was the consistent Karlene Blagrove who came out on top as she stopped the clock at 22 minutes 23 seconds.

Following her in second was Juliett Dinnal in 24:32, while ending third was Rosemarie Dennis in 25 minutes 14 seconds.

Yesterday's event, which had a record-breaking 16,000 participants, saw some $33 million being raised so far, with the proceeds going to Chain of Hope Jamaica in support of the Bustamante Hospital for Children's cardiac programme.

Strong patronage

The race, as usual, started on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston at exactly 7:30 a.m. and culminated at Emancipation Park on Oxford Road in New Kingston. This year's event was held in celebration of Jamaica's Golden Jubilee and received strong support from Her Excellency, the Most Honourable Lady Allen, Dr the Honourable R. Danny Williams, and Olympic double sprint cham-pion the Honourable Usain Bolt.

Some 141 corporate entities, 73 non-corporate groups, and indivi-duals registered, with the Jamaica Public Service registering a record 1,125 participants.

Following the event yesterday, race organiser Alfred 'Frano' Francis of Jamdammers Race Club, and Donovan Perkins, president and CEO of PanCaribbean Financial Services, were elated about the support given.

"The support we received for the run this year has been phenomenal. This has been the biggest we have had so far," said Francis.

"We are pleased with the support thus far. While we are not yet at our target, the mandate is now to garner the additional funds for this essential programme spearheaded by the Chain of Hope Jamaica," Perkins said.