Scott, Weeks and Drakes doubles
Atiba King and Anastasia Logie shines for Guardian Group
An evening of Excitement as runners and walkers cross the tape
The excitement and thrill of the Green Mile were at a high pitch as the Financial Services Sector came out for the second race of the four event series of the CariFin (Caribbean Financial Institution) Games running and walking events.
This took place on the outside of the sand track inside the Queen’s Park Savannah.
The Green Mile started at 5.30 p.m. and took place on Wednesday April 19, 2017.
Many members of the staff of the participating institutions came out in full force to urge on and support their teams. Lisa Maria Alexander, Chief Marketing Officer at JMMB had this to say, “we are all about Family, Fun and Fitness and CariFin is all about Family as much as we can we try to make it out, and it is great exercise and it is a great opportunity to spend time with my team.”
Jean Paul Drakes and Tessa Weekes of team RBL both retained their number one positions in the male running race and the female walking race respectively. Salina Scott of CBTT lived up to her billing and easily won the women running race. Atiba King took Guardian Group to the winner’s row for the first time in the Games.
Jean Paul Drakes favored the cool evening conditions and led from the front and never relinquished his lead but kept adding distance between himself and the rest of the chasing pack before he cross the finish line at 5.01 giving him a 24 second lead on the others. But he was unable to erase the best time on the books for the event which stands at 4.57, done by RBC’s Nikosi Mc Leish in 2010, being 4 seconds off the target.
To continue to maintain his 2nd spot in the 4 part series, Abijah Phillip also of RBL had to fight off the fast advancing Derrick Perousa of JMMB who crossed the finish line in 5.37 to finish in 3rd spot.
Jean Paul Drakes look delighted as he crossed the finish line and looks like the one to beat at the 2 remaining running events to follow the Chancellor Hill and the Cross Country at Sevilla Golf Course.
Salina Scott continued her dominance in this event by crossing the finish line in 6.28 and in the process smashed the mark among the women previously set by Wendy D’arbasie also of CBTT of 6.46.
Christine Regis of ANSA Financial Services maintained 2nd position among the women runners with a 6.49 time and Chelsea Anne Phillip of CBTT held on to the 3rd place yet again with 6.58 on the clock. Scott had this to say about her preparation, “I ran the course twice before, both times was very windy, so I was very nervous about this afternoon… I consider the mile a short distance.”
Among the male walkers there was a change among the positioning with a new winner in Atiba King of Guardian Group breasting the tape in 10.44, followed by Michael Christian of CBTT in 10.49, these surged ahead of the 1 lap winner Gian Corbie of RBL who completed the sand track in 11.00 flat to fill the 3rd position. “I actually came out to have fun, but I started to feel a lot of pain because I am nursing an ACL injury, I wanted to finish fast,” Atiba King said after winning the event.
Tessa Weeks made winning the female category in the walk look easy but this time placed 3rd overall in a winning time 10.59. And this week Anastasia Logie brought Guardian Group into the top three position of the women walk with a 11.40 clocking followed by Michelle Redon – Girod the 1 lap 2nd place winner settling for 3rd place this rounds by doing 11.43. When asked about her preparation she said, “I trained with a boot camp 5 days a week, Monday to Thursday and Saturday mornings.”
The games continue with the Chancellor Challenge on Wednesday 26th April 2017, at 5.00 p.m. 10 teams which make up this year’s participating Institution would head up Chancellor for our annual hill climb. The race would kick off at 5.30 p.m. from the entrance of the Emperor Valley Zoo carpark. This of course is something new, introduced for this year and we welcome this change as we have a bigger and safer space for the pre-event activity.