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Training Camp 5K Road Race/Walk 2013 delivers

Published:Wednesday | January 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM
From left: Kristal Robertson and Shadea Fulwood, students of Queen's High School, watch as Olive McNaughton of Trafalgar Travel presents new sports equipment courtesy of Training Camp, to school principal Jennifer Williams and vice-principal Kadean...
Shadea Fullwood of Queen's High School strikes a copycat pose.
From left: Olive McNaughton of Trafalgar Travel; Aneke Brown and Prince Royal, representing GraceKennedy; Grace Jackson; and Queen's High School principal, Jennifer Williams, share in the cheque presentation. - Contributed photos

As part of its commitment to support sports development, Training Camp/Trafalgar Travel Ltd handed over equipment including a weights bench, medicine ball and other items to Queen's High School for Girls, representing part proceeds from the Training Camp 5K Run/Walk held on Janaury 6.

These were presented to principal Jennifer Williams and members of the school's track team recently at the school. The equipment is to assist the school to start a gym for the sports/health and wellness programme.

There was a 50 per cent increase in the number of registered persons for the 2013 staging of the run/walk. Approximately 740 persons registered. This was below the 1,000 objective, but there were 23 teams.

Partners, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), was very happy with the event, which was part of its 'Get Moving, Wellness and Health 2013' programme. Some 40 members of the JCF participated.

Star participants

Other participants included the Sunshine Girls and The Jamaica Martial Arts Association. The former used the event to start off its 2013 fitness programme.

The anticipated break-even point for organisers was 800 persons but they fell short of that target. However, Training Camp will still honour its commitment to give support to the sports development of two schools and/or athletes. Queen's High School received its share of the proceeds on January 17.

Organisers hope that more companies, corporate teams and schools will participate next year. They also expect to better manage the entries and begin to market the run/walk earlier.

The health and wellness programme will continue for 2013, with fitness exercises at Hope Gardens at the Coconut Grove in association with Q-Fit. The winners were very happy with the route and will be back and encourage other middle-distance runners for the next staging on January 5, 2014.