Surprise on the Hill as Gina Hart wins Chancellor. Repeat Performers – Harrikissoon, Marissa-Henry and Ryan O’Neil also distinguish themselves with good performances.
Hart’s win in the Chancellor Challenge wasn’t on the radar, as most followers of the games were focusing on Susan Russell to easily make it 3 in a row. Harrikissoon after finishing 2nd in the same time to Jade Camp at the Green Mile the week before favored the longer hilly course as the place to stretch his lead. Marissa Henry and Ryan O’Neil only real competition on the hill was themselves.
Teams looking very eager, anxious and excited started arriving around 4.30 pm for the 3rd event of the CariFin Games – The Chancellor Challenge is 2 mile of uphill running. This is the 24th Edition of the CariFin Games, promoting health and fitness among the staff the financial services.
A bush fire along the Lady Young road caused a traffic pile-up and it may have been the reason for the somewhat slow arrival of teams, which resulted in the late start and may have affected the overall participation level as teams were coming from Central and other far off areas. By 5.00 pm, close to 300 walkers and runners faced the starter for what turn out to be some pretty fantastic performances, among the staff of the financial services sector.
“I was extremely pleased with the results of the race, and to be able to represent the Guardian Group. It is always rewarding when you see the results of hard training pay off. It gives you the motivation to keep on going,” Gina Hart winner of the Chancellor Challenge said. Her time in completing the event was very instructive of her ability and strength on the hill. She completed the race in 16.06 the closest to this among the women in the last four years was Lee Hay of CITI, who did 18.41 to win. The quality of female runners on the hill this year was exceptionally good with a tie situation for 2nd and 3rd, with both Adona Joseph and Jilletta Landeau of Sagicor and Guardian Group respectively, getting 16.18, and finishing Adona Joseph 2nd and Jilletta Landeau 3rd in a sprint for the finish. Their times also are better than any of the female winners of this event in the last 4 years.
Among the men Ryan O’Neil also of Guardian Group was again the fastest finishing in 13.22, giving him a lead of a whopping 56 seconds over 2nd place and making it 3 in a row. He had this to say, “It feels fantastic winning the 3rd leg of the Urban Challenge. It wasn’t an easy race as it was my first time running the Chancellor and I didn’t know what to expect. Congrats to Gina and all the other winners. I’m also proud of Team Guardian for doing well so far in the CariFin Games.”
The 2nd place Jenson Mc Comie coming in 14.18 an improvement to his last year’s time of 17.27. In 3rd place was Jedidiah Benjamin doing 14.19. Ryan ONeil’s time as a first timer in the competition is also fantastic and he could easily outshine the last 4 winners of this event the best being Simon K…. in 2013
On the walking side of things Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens had no competition going up the hill doing a time of 19.44, to Clem Jubrasingh 20:35 for 2nd place, with Christopher Reid of Guardian Group in 3rd place with 21.15. This performance laid aside any scare he had had for completing the Green Mile in the same time, ….together with Jade Camps of Guardian who was awarded 2nd place.
Aliya Marisa Henry of Republic Bank stacked up another win to make 3 out of 3 so far. It must be noted, last year when she reach 95% of the course she had to be rushed to hospital, but this year she returned to complete the mission. “I will give all credit to the Lord. 3 wins could not be coincidence…. In spite of not able to finish last year. It was a sigh of relief,” she said. Ms. Henry finished ahead of the female walkers in 22.50. Tessa Weeks of Republic Bank did a time of 23.24, and Roxanne James-Wong finished in 24.58.