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Heroes in Action champs eager for 8K test

Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham
Karlene Blagrove (left) and Ryon Chambers, winners of the female and male overall titles at last year's Jamaica National Building Society Heroes in Action Run/Walk.

With just over two weeks to go before the second staging of the Jamaica National Building Society Foundation Heroes In Action Run/Walk, slated for Falmouth, Trelawny, on Monday, October 17, defending male and female champions Ryon Chambers and Karen Blagrove are both confident about retaining their titles.

Unlike last year's staging, the athletes will not compete over a 5K distance as, this time around, the organisers have decided to provide a 4K and an 8K route.

Both champions will journey over the longer distance. When The Gleaner caught up with them yesterday, they were both extremely upbeat and confident of winning again despite going an extra 3 kilometres.


Expecting fast time


"I definitely will run the longer event as the 4K is for kids, and being an elite distance athlete, running the 8K is my ideal event," said Chambers.

"This is one of the best routes I have competed on because it is very flat and I am expecting a really fast time," added Chambers.

Veteran Blagrove has hardly missed a road race in Jamaica and, despite her age, she is looking forward once again to defending her title in style and her stay in that part of the island.

"I am eager to compete once again. At this moment, I am actually trying to book somewhere to stay as I will be using the opportunity for a vacation in Falmouth and, after the race, I will spend few days touring," said Blagrove, who also stated that she prefers the extended distance as she is in race marathon form at the moment.