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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