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Oshane Archibald won the annual Old Harbour Bay 5K Road Race on New Year’s day, while denying runner-up Kirk Brown of a fourth straight win.

The traditional event, sponsored again by Evergrow Garden Garden Centre, saw 48 registered runners completing the journey that started from Old Harbour town.

Archibald, coming off a successful 2017 season, continued his rich form, topping the field in 14 minutes, 42.47 seconds, well clear of Brown, who stopped the clock in 14:47.56.

Lenford Adams finished third in 14:48.84 in one of the lowest turnout in terms of registered competitors.

Davian Gray was the highest placed high school runner, ending fifth overall in a time of 15:30.69 ahead of Dwayne Moore (16:21.24) and Milton Forbes (16:23.66) who were sixth and seventh respectively.

Local resident Winston Mollison came seventh in the male 40-59 category and 21st overall in a time of 19:55.26. Veteran Andrew Gutzmore, who came eighth, won that category in 16:31.96.

Former female champion Chris-Ann Lewis, who came second last year, regained the title she won in 2015, topping her field in 19:54.55.

Another former champion Karlene Blagrove, who now competes among the 40-59 age group, was second to Lewis in 21:22.95, while Deandra Harris, a little girl under 13 years old, was the third best placed female finishing 31st overall in 26:37.43.

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Monday, 28 December 2015 08:17

Dominant Brown wins Old Harbour Bay 5K again

Seasoned road race runner Kirk Brown, last evening, won the Old Harbour Bay 5K for a third straight year, while Chris-Ann Lewis improved on last year’s second-placed finish to win the female division this time around.

Brown, running unattached and in perfect conditions, stopped the clock in 15:2.59 from a field of 74 competitors.

Lenford Adams, who is also unattached, crossed the finish line in 15:12.01 for second place, while St Jago High’s Thaletio Green came third in a time of 15:33.25. Green was among seven high school athletes who finished in the top-10, while veteran Andrew Gutzmore topped the male 40 and over category but finished creditably sixth overall in 16:28.22.

Lacardo Daley of Brown’s Town High and one of the youngest participants took the under-13 category in 19:51.20 while finishing 25th overall.

Fifteen year-old Lewis of St Jago High, was the first female across the line in 19:55.40, ahead of Karlene Blagrove who logged 20:40.06. Lewis’ teammate Rihanna Christie was third in 20:54.10.

Victory meant everything to Lewis who admitted she felt pressured during the race, knowing that several of her teammates are eager to taste victory.

Green and fellow schoolmate Kyle Morgan, who came fourth, set the early pace before the experienced Brown took control of the race. Adams ran well but never came close to Brown to mount a challenge.

“Yes, I’m happy with this time at this stage of the season because coming from the Reggae Marathon I did have the flu so I couldn’t get the chance to put in any training…so I just came straight into this race and run,” Brown, 28, told Old Harbour News afterwards.

The champion was however relieved that he wasn’t pushed to the limit, given that he was recovering from illness.

He added: “Not in this race because I wasn’t as strong as I wanted to be, because the flu gave me headaches and joint pains, so my muscles and joints weren’t as strong as they should.”

The JAAA-sanctioned event, once again, forms part of the Old Harbour Bay Homecoming which is celebrating 19 years of community fellowship, love and unity.

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