Esla Anthony of CBTT lived up to her star billing; Mark Thomas of RBL filled the Throne.
Esla Anthony of CBTT lived up to her star billing and Mark Thomas of RBL filled the Throne left vacant by Nikosi Mc Leish of RBC/RBTT at the CariFin Games One Lap Savannah event held on Wednesday April 06, 2011 at 5.00 p.m.
This was the first event of the Urban Challenge, which has three running events and an aerobic burnout. These events are usef as warm-up activities to prepare participants for the much-anticipated cross country events at Sevilla Golf Course – Couva. This is the 20th edition of these Games where members of the financial services sector come out to enjoy Fun, Fitness and Friendship. The one Lap Savannah had a very good turnout for this year with some teams fielding as many as 150 participants with an overall figure close to 500.
Esla Anthony of Team CBTT lived up to the star billing she received last year (after surprising everyone by winning this event) by breezing around the 2.28 perimeter of the Queen’s Park Savannah in 17.06 in this year’s event. In fact Anthony improved her 2010 time of 17.46 by finishing 17.06 a 40 seconds improvement.
Mark Thomas of RBL occupies the throne left vacant by Nikosi Mc Leish of RBC/RBTT by out kicking John Donaldson of Grace Kennedy at about 20 meters from the finish line. It was a close race for both runners as they exchanged first position throughout the race, but in the end Thomas prevailed.
With the absence of the CariFin cross country and Chancellor Challenge winner for 2010 Crystal Ann Awai of GHL, also the Green Mile winner and 3rd place cross country winner of 2010 Mumtaz Amarali and Salisha Julien of RBC/RBTT who came in the top three in all three Urban Challenge running events and also 2nd in cross country at Sevilla Golf Course it was literally a breeze in the park for Miss Anthony. Wendy D’Arbasie (CBTT) didn’t give the expected challenge finishing in 18.08 and a breeze it was for Anthony indeed.
In 3rd place was another CBTT runner Chelsea Anne Phillip finishing in 18.45 and thus claiming the top three positions for the folks at the corner of St. Vincent and Independence Square in the 20 storey high Central Bank building at the financial complex. The fourth place winner Joelle Bannatyne of RBL finished in 19.40 followed in 5th place by RBC/RBTT runner Susan Russel in 20.08.
Thomas’ win had him very exhilarated as he was given a golden opportunity by the magnanimous gesture of Mc Leish. He went out and fought like a real champion to hold off all comers to win in 14.22. In second place, John Donaldson finished one second later in 14.23 and Robert Sharpe filled 3rd place in 14.49. First timer John Castagne a 20- year-old from RBC/RBTT was glad to find himself as the 4th fastest person in the financial sector in 15.01 in running the Queen’s Park Savannah. Another RBC/RBTT runner Keron Kong took 5th place in 15.25.
In the walking category Roland Caton – RBTT was first among the men in 24.29, followed by Deodath Harrikissoon – First Citizens in 24.33 and in 3rd position was Clement Jubrajsingh – RBC/RBTT in 25.33.
Among the women Carla Questelles-Forde – First Citizens crossed the finish line first in 28.05 and for 2nd place was Aretha Alleyne – First Citizens and Keisha Jacob – Republic Bank.
We would like to thank the following participating institutions and sponsors for taking part in this the 20th Edition of the CariFin Games: Central Bank, First Citizens, Republic Bank Limited, RBC/RBTT, GHL, Grace Kennedy, Intercommercial Bank, and Agricultural Development Bank, DIC and CITI.
The organizing committee would like to thank the following sponsors, A.S. Brydens, Gatorade, Anthony P. Scott, Blue Waters, and Nestle.
The next event in the Urban Challenge is the Green Mile at the Perimeter of the Sand Track in the Queen’s Park Savannah on Wednesday April 13, 2011 at 5.00 p.m. The starting spot is opposite the President’s House side of the Track