First ever Half Marathon in Nevis deemed a success
ZIZ News…Jan 30 2012 – The historic first ever half marathon event took place on Nevis on Sunday 29th January. The event which was sponsored by DHL was hosted by the St.Kitts -Nevis Triathlon Federation, ably led by chief organizers, Winston Crooke and Greg Phillip.
|Athletes at starting line
It was held in conjunction with the Diabetic Association. Commentator and Sports Analyst, Vernon Springer, aptly described it as a ‘four in one’ event. It featured the half marathon with athletes having to run to as far as the Vance Amory Int Airport and back; the 10k where athletes raced to the bottom of Cotton Ground and returned; the 5k run when athletes raced to the Four Seasons Resort and back and the 5k walk which involved walkers walking to the Four Seasons Resort and back.
The race started on the Samuel Hunkins drive at just a little after 7am and several of the athletes pushed out a very rapid pace. These included two of the Nevisian local athletes in Kasha Forbes and Delvon Clarke. Also up front but appearing calm, cool and collected was Trinidadian ace runner Curtis Cox. Delvon Clarke turned back at the 10k line while Forbes carried on. By this time the Trinidadian was totally out of view.
Interestingly enough, also maintaining a steady pace at the head of the pack, was rising Nevisian long distance female athlete, Vanessa Williams, out of Cotton Ground. A sizeable crowd was on hand to see off the athletes and an even bigger crowd was there to cheer them in, as they made their final dash to the finish line.
The top results at the end of the day were:
Top Female–Jessica Jeffers-Nevis
Top Male–Ben Hogan
1st Alexander Adler—USA
2nd Steevie Jones—Nevis
3rd Linda Dasserie-St.kitts
1st Janiel Huggins-Nevis
2nd -Aaron Flemingie
3rd Devon Jeffers-Nevis
|Overall champ–Curtis Cox
3rd Kathan Neary—USA
3rd Surem Banshi-USA
1st- Vanessa Williams-Nevis
2nd— Miranda Fellows
1st Curtis Cox-Trinidad and Tobago
2nd Steve Dussen—SM
3rd–Aubery Mc Kenzie
Special award—Javani Brisbane—Skits—finished 5th overall—just 15 years old.
Renowned local Triathlete James Weekes failed to complete the course and Velly Maynard and Roger Fyfield had the dubious distinction of being the last ones to cross the finish line.
|Winners pose for photo