CariFin/Nature Valley team in training for UWI SPEC Half Marathon ‘09 – Report
We had a good time
CariFin/Nature Valley Team in Training had a great time at UWI Half Marathon ’09. Our team of 110 members was generally pleased with race day conditions and the organization of the race. All the runners on our team crossing the finish line had that feeling of satisfaction for a performance for which they could feel proud.
Nicole Budd 1.43.07 and Rodney Julien with 1.25 were the headlining acts for CariFin/Nature Valley at UWI Half marathon on Sunday November 01, 2009.
Budd had a 3 minutes improvement over her 2008 time as well Julien with four minutes.
In addition, Nicole Budd collected the 3rd place for the 30 – 39 age-group and the much improved Esla Anthony took the 5th place in that age-group.
Many runners on the team had tremendous improvement in their performance time over 2008. Immediately coming to mind is Annette Neilson who didn’t train that extensive as last year and was quite sensitive about her training at the initial stage when she was just getting back in training with some soreness etc.
But she stuck it out with support and encouragement from the other team members and made it to all the training sessions. There were the long runs, tempo runs, chancellors, interval training and she was more than willing to do the hard work. At the end she finished in 2.20.11 twenty minutes faster than her 2008 time of 2.40.30.
Another performance that is similar to the one noted above is Trevor Benjamin. In 2009 he crossed the finish line in 1.52.40 which represented a 21 minutes improvement over his 2008 time of 2.14.16.
Again Benjamin’s improved time for 2009 could be in some part attributed to his own institution RBTT team training together or encouraging one another through the interest generated by CariFin/Nature Valley to send a team to UWI from early.
There are similar levels of improvement all of which we are unable to note here because of space. But come prize distribution day we would no doubt feature all those note worthy improvements.
But on the official side of UWI half, we have more to celebrate besides the already recognized age-group prizes won by Nicole Budd and Esla Anthony, Wendy Shallow took 4th place in the 40–49, Susannah Joefield and Gemma Thompson were 4th and 5th respectively in the 50 – 59 age-group. Grace Oblington, better know as Gracey, did 2:32:27 to take the 5th place in the 60 – 69 age-group. From last year to this year she had a 13.32 improvement.
Ruth Frazer-Munroe did 3:05:04 in 2009 which was a 7 minutes improvement over her last year’s time 3.12. She won the age-group from 70 – 79 with this improved time. You just have to tip your hat to this kind of performance.
This is definitely the tip of the iceberg as far as improved performances are concerned but such performances which are no doubt many will have to be highlighted and show cased at another forum.
We must extend congratulations to the 2nd place male winner Nikosi Mc Leish who finished in 1.31.22 a bit slower than his 1.30.11. In 3rd place was John Donaldson in 1.40.03 also off his 2008 time of 1.29.24.
Among the women 2nd place time was 1.48.26 done by Wendy Shallow and in 3rd spot was Esla Anthony in 1.52.51