It started and finished at the Credit Union base on Huldah Avenue, opposite Smith Road Oval, on Saturday morning with 123 participants turning up out of 153 registered.
With champ Dominic Corbin off island, Jason Saunders, last year’s second finisher, was the firm favorite. He confirmed expectations by speeding home in 17 minutes and 52 seconds – six seconds ahead of Tony Banks. Leon Barracks was third in 19:18.
Julia Storrer (21:11) was fastest female, closely followed by Leslie-Ann Daley, who was four seconds behind. Tiffany Cole (21:52) was third female finisher.
After years off the scene, Marlon Crowe Sr. is making a comeback as a stroller specialist. Following victory in the Fidelity Fun Run series, he won again in 28:48. Rebecca Green was second stroller home in 32:28.
Despite pushing a pram for the three miles in burning heat, Crowe was only four minutes slower than his son, Marlon Jr.
This race tries to encourage civil servants to improve their fitness. This year’s respective winners were Dan Bryer (22:26) amongst the males and Daley for the women.
The fastest Credit Union male was Kevin Connolly in 21.12 and female was Corinne Glasgow in 30.55.
There were plenty of little triumphs amongst the other entrants. Super fit Bill Edwards (22.28) may be in his forties but he was still too fast for his 14-year-old son William.
Sonya Bendo, Credit Union marketing executive, said, “Credit Union is extremely pleased to host this event as it lends an opportunity to give back to the community.
“Not only does it encourage the Credit Union staff to participate in a wholesome activity, it also integrates them with the local community. We look forward to hosting this event again next year.”
Merta Day, women’s sports coordinator at the Department of Sports, was pleased that everyone had fun.
“It was wonderful to see the friendly rivalry and the warm camaraderie among the participants all vying for the various titles,” Day said.
“New civil servants were crowned this year. The number of participants was up from last year which is great. We hope to have an even larger turn out next year and the Department of Sports looks forward to lending their support to this event again.”
Bendo and Day thanked the community for participating in the event and extended their gratitude to Hy Tech Tigers Track Club for lending its technical support and World Gym for its donation of one-month gym memberships for age group category winners and spot prizes.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to Hy Tech Tigers and the Department of Children and Family Services’ youth programs.