Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and First Citizens (FC) won big at the CariFin Games 2014.
RBC’s Jedidiah Benjamin and Susan Russell were the eventual winners of the overall running champion title.
This was the first time Jedidiah competed in the games while Susan had taken a two year hiatus from competition.
Following her victory Susan said she enjoyed meeting people who she interacted with electronically, adding that “this year was one of the toughest in terms of competition, as the strength and abilities of the present crop of runners was more closely matched”.
FC’s Deodath Harrikissoon and Roxanne James took the walking event series aggregating the lowest points along the way.
The athletics competition consists of a One Lap Savannah run around the Queen’s park Savannah, Port of Spain, a run around the Savannah’s sand track (Green Mile), the Chancellor Challenge, an uphill event where participants were asked to run for approximately 2 miles.
Finally there was the CariFin cross country event which took place at Sevilla Golf Course in Couva; male athletes are expected to do 3 laps of the course, while females completed two (2) laps.Jedidiah surprised everyone on Wednesday April 09, 2014 by winning the one lap Savannah run and added one point to his tally.
Jedidiah’s victory was no surprise to him as the Savannah was not a new experience.
Guardian Group’s Nathan Patterson took the top spot in the Green Mile on Wednesday April 30, 2014, this meant Jedidiah had to settle for 2nd place and was awarded 2 points.
In the uphill event – Chancellor Challenge which took place on Wednesday May 07, 2014 Jedidiah who had a hamstring injury finish 3rd to Blenman and John Donaldson.
“I was unable to distance myself from the other runners” Jedidiah said following the race.
He took 2nd place behind John Donaldson at the CariFin cross country race on Sunday June 08, 2014 to amass the lowest aggregate points among the men totaling 8 (1+2+3+2).
For next, the champion plans “to win all the events I participate in especially the cross country event.”
Over the 4 events the female winner, Susan amassed the following points (3+2+2+1) equaling 8 to stave off all challengers to win the honors.
Deodath’s scores are very easy to calculate as he won all 4 of the events in the Challenge Series; this is the 3rd year in succession he has captured this title.
Roxanne took the series Challenge with points of (2+2+2+1) giving her a total of 9 points to claim the series challenge winner for the 1st time.
For those participants who couldn’t make it to Sevilla golf course for the final event of the Series challenge for some reason or the other they would be recognize in the 3 event (Urban Challenge), which took place in Port of Spain.
These events are the 1 Lap savannah, The Green Mile and the Chancellor Challenge.
The best performance coming from those 3 events was from CITI’s Lee Hay she had a very good run in the series with 3 wins or 1st place in those events. In 2nd and 3rd place were Avianne Antoine of Republic Bank and Miguella Nelson of Unit Trust Corporation.
Among the men in the Urban Challenge Tyler Joseph of RBC took 1st place, Gregory Persad of Guardian Group 2nd and Kieron Rocke of First Citizens filled 3rd spot.
The CariFin Games community looked forward to these results very much as they indicate who have excelled over the 4 event series by scoring the lowest aggregate points over the course of those events.
The CariFin Games is the coming together of members of the financial services sector using the power of the work place to promote health and fitness actives in a fun way.
CariFin Games Series Challenge or 4 event challenge offered participants the opportunity to vie for the title of Best overall athlete in the Games and carry home prizes from the series and the top position in the cross country event.