CariFin/Nature Valley takes 110 runners to UWI SPEC International Half Marathon
One hundred and ten runners representing the CariFin/Nature Valley – “Team in Training” for UWI SPEC International Half Marathon will join the other registered runners at the starting line for this premiere Caribbean road race on November 01, 2009 at 6:00 a.m.
UWI Spec International Half Marathon is in its 6th year and one of the organizers’ main objectives, as stated by Dr. Iva Gloudon, Director – Sports and Physical Education of UWI, is to use the UWI Half marathon as a means of getting this nation running and fit. And we feel that the more people we can encourage to do so would translate into more success seen in sports.
We at CariFin share these same values and this is something we have been doing for over sixteen years. The promotion of health and fitness within the financial services sector is the main objective of CariFin Cross Country.
Preparing and being part of this event, which is definitely one of the better organized road races in the Caribbean, has been great fun for our members and we can’t wait for Sunday November 01, 2009 to just be there.
In 2007 we took 54 runners to this event and we are pleased to continue to attract more and more enthusiastic participants under the CariFin/Nature Valley banner.
In 2008 we did a little better with 80 runners in our team colours with each member having a memorable race, so much so that in 2009 we have been overwhelm with the interest to join our team that for this year we are over the one hundred mark.
Some of the participants on our team are first time runners, some are 5k/10k runners who have stepped up to the 13.1 mile distance, some are coming off breaks from running just to be in this race and some are the seasoned campaigners who wouldn’t miss the UWI half for the world.
Among our ranks this year are CariFin’s three time male winner of CariFin Cross Country – Nikosi Mc Leish of RBTT and Esla Anthony the recently crowned CBTT 5K winner. Esla has been consistently in training under the guidance of her trainer, Carlos Wilson and has shown the dedication, attitude and results of someone who would run well in UWI half conditions. Mc Leish did a 1:30:11 in 2008 and he aims to finish in a sub 1.30 in 2009; although he didn’t have the best three months leading up to the UWI half because he was slightly injured but has his eyes set on peaking for the Barbados half. Also in our “Team in Training” is Rodney Julien who finished in 1.31.05 last year and is looking to lower his time to around 1.25.
Our top finisher female for 2008 – Nicole Budd also had a tough 3 months before UWI due to illness, but is fighting her way back to her competitive form or close to it.
John Donaldson of Grace Kennedy best time for UWI was in 2007 when he finished in 1.38.37 is contemplating a better effort; Wayne Roberts is pushing for some where close to 1.35 and improved effort from 2008 of 1.39.59.
Susan Geiser is heading the 17 member GHL Dragon Boat Team and promises a sub 2 hours timing. Her most recent 15K time was 1.38 at the Kiss 15K race. Some other team members are Sean David, Bally Ramdial, Janeen Salim, Daniela Khan, Vilma Goodman, and Ruth Frazer-Munroe.
RBTT has twenty runners which include Richard Downie who has been working hard at his training for UWI half. Some other members of the team are: Lucy De Gannes, Karen
James-Begg, Trevor Benjamin, James Mendes, Leroy Calliste, and Patrick Frederick. We need to find a leading female for this RBTT group and this UWI half might help us do just that.
Central Bank has a 17 member team which includes the 2nd place finisher in the recently concluded 5K and the much improved runner from last UWI half – Shawn Edwards. Also there are a number of first time UWI participants, Fabian Romain, Brian John, Chelsea-Ann Pillip, Lester Paul, Beverly Sambrano, Andy Wong, Brian John and to add some experience as a five time participant in this event is Wendy D’arbasie.
Scotia Bank and associated Dragon Boat team is coming with 9 runners on the CariFin/NV Team in Training for UWI Half Marathon with Richard Boyce and Caroline Assing as their most experience participants.
Republic Bank has Hemant Balai, Jeoffrey King, Leslie Rahamut, Shastri Girwar and Kenneth O’Reilly on board.
Intercommercial Bank is represented by Karen James-Appoo, Kitty Al Hosein-Garcia and Niranjan Bhaggan.
The group from BP is made up of three runners – Ravi Samaroo, Mushtaq Mohammed and Brenda Reid.
Friends of CariFin make up the rest of the team with the likes of Wendy Shallow, Suzanna Joefield, Suzanne Garcia, Petrenie Roberts and Annette Neilson.
We are all looking forward for the fun and great participation at UWI SPEC International Half Marathon which promises to be the highlight road event of the year in the Caribbean.
We would like to thank our sponsors Nature Valley Granola, Gatorade and NLCB for their sponsorship and support in making our participation in UWI SPEC International marathon possible.