Marshall All Stars Dominate Inaugural Cross Island Relay
Charlestown, May 07, 2013 — Persistent rain did not prevent the inaugural cross island relay coordinated by Reggie Douglas and James Weekes from getting on the way.
Labour Day, Monday –6th April was bleak and overcast but 8 teams showed up at the ET Willet Park for the 1st annual event which involved relay teams running right through the entire island of Nevis, utilizing ten baton stations.
Understandably, there was a delayed start due to the rain but the athletes got on the way at around 8 am.
Javid Stapleton ran a smart first leg for his team OVER THE TOP and passed off the baton first at station number two located at Four Seasons but the athlete representing the lone Kittitian team was close on his heels.
Thereafter, the Kittitian athletes representing MARSHALL ALL STARS totally dominated the event and after every single baton station, the lead at the top was increased. The athlete from the club, designated to run the tough Zion Hill, even did so quite commendably. So it was, that as the baton was passed at the penultimate station at Pond Hill, the athlete literally raced down the incline and when his compatriot collected the baton at the Brown hill bus stop, it was all over by the shouting.
The confident team then broke out into dancing and celebrations.
At the presentation ceremony, Dr. Jessica Bardales -Essien thanked the organizers for donating the funds raised to the Nevis maternal fund and beseeched all present to get regular medical checkups. A representative of the MUA also addressed the gathering and congratulated the organizers for their efforts.
James Weekes who rode his bike around the island to encourage his team mates and still had the energy to complete a leg of his own, made the grand announcements of the final placements as follows:
1st place -Marshall All Stars of St.Kitts—2 hrs 1 min 55 secs
2nd -Breath Takers—2 hrs 11 mins 19 secs
3rd -St.James’ Primary School—2 hrs 28 mins 17 secs
4th -Over The top—2 hrs 34 mins 11 secs
5th -Charlestown Primary School—2 hrs 37 mins 15 secs
6th -Golden Rockers—2 hrs 46 mins 35 secs
7th -VOJN Primary School—2 hrs 59 mins 37 secs
8th -MUA—3 hrs 54 mins 34 secs
For their troubles, the grand winners received a trophy and the St.James’ Primary School also received a cheque for $500.00. The 1st; 2nd and 3rd place teams also received medals.
A sumptuous breakfast was also provided by Boddie’s catering Services.