Sevilla cross country

CariFin Cross Country 2018

Sevilla Golf Course


Endurance is the objective, as we journey to Sevilla on May 20th for CariFin’s 27th annual Cross Country 2018.

There are no time outs, no rest benches and laps to complete. Like champions we trek over the scenic route of Sevilla’s natural beauty.  Experience the nostalgia of a rich history with her sharp turns, undulating slopes and the neighboring Brechin Castle Sugar Factory. Remember support goes a long way so bring out your posse to edge you on to the finish.

We look forward to seeing you at the finish line.

The Build Up

After completing the three prelim-heats – One Lap Savannah, Green Mile, Chancellor Challenge, successful male and female competitors are qualified entrants to the Cross Country event.  Best overall runner goes to first place male and female competitors.

The Route

Female competitors will make two (2)5.3 kilometers, while their male counterparts will make three (3) 7.5 kilometer laps around the lush green Sevilla Golf Course.  Remember, you can only claim your fame if you are in the top ten (10).

Your Claim

All finishers will receive medals.  The top 10 winners will receive cash prizes.  The overall winner receives a challenge trophy and replica of the Challenge Trophy.

Cross Country Walk –  Walk

This is a 1 Lap race around the 2.2 km course.  All finishers will receive medals, cash prizes for the top 5 male and female and the overall winners male and female receives a trophy.

Note: Walkers are reminded it’s a “Walking Race”; anyone caught running will be disqualified.

Fun Run

The fun run is an event open to family and friends, as well as the beginner status runners – meaning, that their mile pace would be between 9–10 minutes. That person would finish a 5K in 28–30 minutes

All finishers will receive medals while the overall and age group winners receive hampers for places 1st – 3rd.

We’ve added another exciting feature to promote all teams and build comradery whilst having maximum fun and sharing epic memories. Just for you we have introduced “We Did It” -:

We Did It – Make it memorable and make points!

Take photos with Miss CariFin of another team and get 10 points, with your Miss CariFin representative it’s 5 points. Take pictures with key people, at key places, doing fun things showing it to the world. Take pictures against the backdrop of CariFin step n repeat banner with friends. Post your picture on Facebook and instagram with hashtag #Sevillaididit #CarifinCrossCountry  #CariFinMemory #CariFinStrong

The number of likes is added to your team’s overall score. Your team performance also gets you points.

Added to that are the following: –

For every 1st place winner on your team 30 points.

2nd place 20 points

3rd place 10 points

*Age group wins, get (half of what was offered to the open category)

Some benefits you will receive are:

A one (1) -minute video celebrating the team.

We seal the moment and celebrate your success – telling your story in a timeless way. You will be treated to a photo shoot and be featured on CariFin’s blog, on Facebook, Instagram, twitter and live. There will be photo op with celebrities on the day.

Prizes are as follows: 

Urban Challenge: Overall Winners-Walkers Male & Female


2nd– Hamper

3rd– Hamper

Urban Challenge: Overall Winners- Runners Male & Female

1st– Hamper

2nd– Hamper

3rd– Hamper

Best of 4 Events: Overall Winners: Runners Male & Female

1st– Hamper


3rd– Hamper

Best of 4 Events: Overall Winners: Walkers Male & Female

1st– Hamper

2nd– Hamper

3rd– Hamper

Cross Country Walk Male & Female

1st– $500.

2nd– $400.

3rd– $350.

4th– $300.

5th– $250.

Cross Country Run- Group 20-29 Male & Female

1st– $175.

2nd– $125.

3rd– $100.

Cross Country Run- Group 30-39 Male & Female

1st– $175.

2nd– $125.

3rd– $100.

Cross Country Run- Group 40-49 Male & Female

1st– $175.

2nd– $125.

3rd– $100.

Cross Country Run- Group 50-59 Male & Female

1st– $175.

2nd– $125.

3rd– $ 100.

Cross Country Run Male & Female (GRAND PRIZE)


1st–  $1,800.

2nd– $1,200.

3rd– $1,000.

4th– $800.

5th– $700.

6th– $600.

7th– $500.

8th– $400.

9th– $300.

10th– $200.

We are bubbling with excitement to witness the victors of the day.





The journey to CariFin’s Sevilla Cross Country is on…

Be part of this special group of people who could say ‘I did it’

Be part of your team, to motivate and inspire each other as together you complete Sevilla Cross Country 2018


Sevilla Golf Course


After three Events – O’Neil headlines a strong male contingent to Sevilla golf course, First Timer Joseph with a 1 point lead goes after her first female cross country title, Harrikissoon tries to make it four in the walk and Henry unbeaten so far in the female walk: to take on all comers on Sunday

More than the Individual titles are at stake – the winning team title and the Co-ed Champions are to be settled as well.

Port of Spain, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.  The financial services sector is excited and waiting with bated breath for the start of the 24th Edition CariFin Games Cross Country scheduled to start at approximately 4.15 pm. This is the final and crowning event in a four-part series designed to promote health and fitness, camaraderie and healthy rivalry, friendship and closer networking among the staff of the financial services sector. Nine institutions took part in the preliminary events and they are expected to converge on the Sevilla golf course to compete for individual and team awards. Some new and exciting talent has emerged from the series so far.  Sunday at Sevilla we will have an opportunity see them in action, as a number of issues will be settled. We will all walk away knowing who are the best overall runners in the CariFin Universe and the overall ranking of the participants in the series.

 Ryan-O'NeilRyan O’Neil of Guardian Group had a good series and that may be an understatement; a perfect season by our records having not lost an event so far, his score card reads (1+1+1=3), from the 1 Lap Savannah, Green Mile and Chancellor Hill Challenge. He heads into this Sunday’s final with confidence knowing he hasn’t been beaten at all so far. His chances are very good, no doubt he’s feeling quite confident, “So far I have only been preparing mentally. My goal is just to have fun.” That was his response when asked how he feels about this weekend’s Cross Country competition.

The runner who garnered the second least amount of points and sits in second place is Jedidiah Benjamin of RBC Bank. He acquired these points by getting (3+2+4=8 points) in the three previous events and his wish or goal at the final cross country event Sunday is to “To beat Ryan O’Neil!”. (He is participating in Fusion the day before).

 John Donaldson 2014 cross country winner and a participant in this event for the last 6 to 7 years – having won it twice within those years is hoping to run around the same time or faster than he did and won in last year.  From all indications being shown so far in the earlier races is whether or not that it would be enough to win. He has to come up with some surprises at the finish to keep up with the naturally faster finishing, younger runners. “Hopefully I can finish in the same time as last year or faster”.

  In the female runners’ camp things are a little bit more interesting but equally exciting and maybeSusan-Russel more nervous as shown in the earlier events.  So far Susan Russell from RBC Bank and the 2014 cross country champion won the first two events comfortably but was behind three spots in the Chancellor Challenge finishing in 4th place. (1+1+4=6 points).  As a previous winner of this event Russell has the experience and ability to pull this off. This is something you must be present to see.

 Adona Joseph of Sagicor took the opportunity to take the lead in the series after the Chancellor Challenge event by doing, (2+2+1=5 points). On Chancellor she tied with Jilletta Landeau of Guardian Group in 16.18 but was awarded first position. Thus, a showdown exists to see how the score will settle in Sunday’s Cross,  to establish the top three placings  and the series rankings. Jiletta Landeau of Guardian Group had a relatively mild start placing third in the 1 lap and in the Green Mile, then taking it up a notch with a tie situation on Chancellor hill gaining 2nd place which gave her (3+3+2=8 points) Entering the finals on Sunday she says “Hoping to do my best.”
Russell and Joseph aren’t sharing any trade secrets for Sunday.

 While the male and female runners strive for their best performance in the cross country, any team with five runners both in the male and female category that can accumulate the lowest aggregate time for their five runners will win the team Cross Country trophy. Just as well the co–ed champions title is to be determined in this race with the fastest male and female finishers combined time will win this trophy for one year.

In the walking category legend is in the making with Deodath Harrikissoon of First Citizens looking to take the male walking title for the fourth time in a row. So far in the series he has 1+1+1=3 points and looks to make it four out of four   for the Sevilla cross-country. Competition on Sunday could come from – Clem Jubrasingh of RBC Bank or Christopher Reid of Guardian Group. As Harrikissoon prepares Sunday’s decider he had this to say, “I am glad I am able to defend my title, and with no injuries I am hoping to win and I am confident about my chances.”

Aliya Marisa-Henry of Republic Bank has a (1+1+1=3) scorecard coming into the final on Sunday. Last year she didn’t make it into the finals because of injury but had an impressive series so far this year.  It would be a big moment for her and her team mates as well as family members as she tries to makes it four out of four with a win in the finals. Other walkers that factored in the series are Tessa Weeks of Republic Bank and Roxanne James-Wong of First Citizens with 7 and 8 points overall respectively. They could add more   competition in Sunday’s cross country walk.

Pack your coolers, bring your flags, banners, drums, whistle and line the course and support your team mates, colleagues and friends as we strive to make this one of the most memorable and better supported cross country race day ever.

We would like to thank the following sponsors who have supported us so far. Bluewaters the official water of the games. Subway – The official Sandwich, Brixel Design Studio, Unicom, Lezama Electrical, TATEC Limited, Massy Motors, Massy Finance, True Green, Eastern Credit Union and Topmark Limited.

The nine teams participating in CariFin Games this year are:First Citizens
Grace Kennedy
Guardian Group
Republic Bank
Unit Trust Corporation