Monday, February 20, 2017

Archibald, Dinnal Take 19th Sagicor Sigma Run Titles

G.C. Foster College’s Oshane Archibald ran a blistering time of 16:50 to get the better of the field, of a record number of participants, and take top honours in the Male 5K Run category at the 19th running of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run on Sunday, February 19. In what came down to a sprint to the tape, Garfield Godron was a narrow second in 16:51 while Dwayne Graham came in third, stopping the clock at 16:59. London based marathon runner, Chris Oddy, winner of the 2016 Globeathon in Barbados, managed to finish inside the top ten with a time of 17:37.

The Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2017 walk race sets off at New Kingston on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

Juliette Dinnal crossed the line in the shortest time of 22:31 in the Female Run category to secure the top spot. 16 year old, Tameka James followed her in second place with 23 minutes and 50 seconds. Third place went to veteran, 46 year old, Karlene Blagrove who clocked  24 minutes and 13 seconds.

Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, Race Director was pleased with the competitive display from some of the island’s top road runners and believes the preferred start placing helped to facilitate a good race.

“The runners really went out hard and it made for a competitive event. Since last year we have been giving the top finishers the preferred places at the start to maintain the competitiveness of the run and it was extended this year to other persons that paid for a preferred starting place. The move is paying off as the runners are really energized about the run and excited about going toe to toe with other athletes of a similar calibre,” said Francis.
 Winner of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2017 Oshane Archibald (centre) embraces Garfield Gordon (left) second-place winner; and third-place winner Dwayne Graham after they crossed the line on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in New Kingston.

In other categories, Duwell Allen took top honours in the Male Open Walk category with a time of 30:14. Jon-Saleen Oliphant finished second in 30:53 and Lenworth Hunter copped third place in 32:43. While in the female equivalent Paula Sinclair secured the crown in 37:00 beating Latanya Whyte-Bispott and Sandra Aitken in second and third with times of 38:18 and 38:21 respectively. Paralympic gold medlists Alphonso Cunningham and Sylvia Grant secured the Male Wheelchair and the female Wheelchair titles respectively.

The Under 16 Male and Female title went to 13 year old Akeem Cordell and Tameka James in times of 18:40 and 23:50 respectively.

In the Corporate run category Robin Rowe of UWI and Jozanne Harris of came out on top in the male and female divisions.

Gerold Palmer of Dunns Electrical took the Executive Management Run award while the top Corporate Run Male Team was awarded to Jewel Resorts/Hilton Rose Hall. The Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries received the top Corporate Run Female Team prize.

The Largest College Group award went to UWI. The Largest Corporate team was Spanish Town Hospital. The Jamaica Junior Squash Team received the award for Best Non-Corporate Group.

About Sigma Corporate Run
The “Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run” is a 5K (3.4 mile) Run, Walk, Wheelchair event that began in 1999 in Downtown Kingston at Breezy Castle with a target of $500,000 for the Jamaica Foundation for Cardiac Disease. Held under the theme “Straight from the Heart”, the first staging saw 279 finishers. The Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run is now held annually at Emancipation Park and has become the Caribbean’s largest 5K road race.

Over $200 Million in funds have been raised in the past 19 years to purchase essential equipment for charities such as Sophie’s Place & Mustard Seed Communities, The University Hospital Labour Ward, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life, The Renal Units of the Cornwall Regional, University Hospital and Kingston Public Hospitals, Victoria Jubilee Hospital’s Neo Natal Care Unit and the Cornwall Regional Hospital just to name a few. On February 21, 2016 nearly 24,000 persons ran, walked and wheeled through New Kingston to raise over $35 Million in cash under the for children living with cancer across Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Black River Hospital Paediatric Unit. 

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