D’Arbasie bounces back, Donaldson grabs one, Harrikisson takes it on the line and Questelles-Forde makes it two in a row.
With the golden evening sun setting blissfully in the west and a gentle breeze meandering over the Queen’s Park Savannah, members of the financial services sector turned out in their numbers on Wednesday April 13, 2011 for the start of the CariFin Green Mile, the second stage of the CariFin three- part running series of the Urban Challenge. This took place around the circumference of the sand track on Wednesday April 13th.. It’s the major decider in the Challenge as to who would eventually win the overall Challenge.
Wendy D’Arbasie of CBTT recovered from a rather lackluster performance last week in the One lap Savannah to steal the thunder from a fit Esla Anthony also of CBTT and the winner of the One Lap Savannah.
John Donaldson – Grace Kennedy’s star athlete grabbed the opportunity to post his first win in CariFin after knocking on the door with some very good performance over the years.
Wendy D’Arbasie returned to the CariFin Urban Challenge, she last participated in 2009. She bounced back to her winning ways by crushing the competition in the green mile in 7.02. The last time she participated in this event was in 2009 where she also won in 7.08. She outkicked her colleague Esla Anthony who won this event in 2008 in 7.35 and in 2009 and 2010 finished in a time of 7.20 to placed 2nd each time.
“It always feels good to win.” Says Wendy D’Arbasie about winning the Green Mile. Susan Russel of RBTT surprised Central Bank’s Chelsea Anne Phillip by running from the back to pass her a few meters from the finish line to snap the 3rd place in 7.36, Phillip having to settle for 4th with a time of 7.39.
After trailing the main pack in about 10th position at the quarter stage, “I kept picking off runners until by the last quarter there was only one runner in front of me.” Says Donaldson.
At this time he had to call upon his sprinting skill and unleash a kick that would take him across the finish line in 5.37.
This however was 40 seconds slower than last years winning time by Nikosi Mc Leash who finished the event in a sub 5 minutes timing of 4.57.
Following John Donaldson to the finish line in 2nd and 3rd place were two debutantes from RBTT, Anthony Cape and John Castagne who also sprinted to the finish line in 5.45 and 5.47 respectively. Akeem Simon of CBTT finished in 5.54 to claim 4th place, behind him was GHL’s Ryan Pierre in 5.56 for 5th place and in last week’s One Lap Savannah Mark Thomas placed a disappointing 6th place in 6.05.
In the walking event Deodath Harrikisson of First Citizens went head to head with last week’s winner of the One Lap Savannah Roland Caton of RBTT and took it down to the wire winning 10.24 to Caton’s 1025 for second place. Mark Bartollo of Grace Kennedy finished in 10.36 for 3rd place. Jade Camps of GHL filled the 4th place with a time of 10.43 and RBTT’s Clem Jubrasingh came across the finish line 10.53 to take 5th place.
Carla Questelles-Forde of First Citizens made it two in a row by finishing in 11.45 a clear 10 seconds ahead of the closest finisher Roxanne James (also of First Citizens) who did 11.54 to fill second place. She also won the One Lap Savannah last week. Marcia Pierre of GHL competing in the event for the first time this year – powered her way to the finish line in 12.05 leaving last week’s 3rd place finisher Aretha Alleyne of First Citizens to fill 4th place in 12.08 and Jacqueline Peters of First Citizens in 5th position in 12.10.