Gardener gearing for MCYS 5km
- hopes for sponsorship to compete in future oversea races
Guyana’s top masters athlete, Llewellyn Gardener stated that he will be looking to register a better performance than his last one at the upcoming Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCY&S) 5km this month end.
The monthly 5km is organised by the Minister of CY&S, Dr. Frank Anthony, Director of Sports, Neil Kumar and the President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), Colin Boyce. Gardener turned in a time of 1hr 36mins 11seconds to win the Masters category of the recently held Independence Half Marathon.
Gardener disclosing that he is training diligently for the upcoming 5km and stated that he usually uses the National Park and the Camptown Football ground to conduct his training session on a daily basis, “I would use the National Park and the Camptown Football ground to do my speed work and would use the main road (from Campbellville to the University of Guyana) for my over distance work,” he said.
The veteran athlete who started his athletic career, which is still successful, in his high school days (at the now, New Campbellville Secondary School), also work out in the National Park’s Michael Parris Gym, to strengthen his muscles as over distance work is not all that will carry him throughout the races.
The 56 years old masters athlete, who resides in First Street Campbellville, revealed that he was last year defending masters champion athlete for the Tele Sur 10km which was held in Suriname.
Gardener, 2012 Independence Half Marathon champion (masters) was unable to defend his title at the Tele Sur 10km due to financial problems.
Gardener is also the winner of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, in conjunction with the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG) inaugural ‘Mexico/Guyana 20K Road Race. The race which started from the village of Non Pariel ECD, to the Mexican Embassy Brickdam, saw Gardener clocking 1hr 23mins ahead of Errol Warde (1:27:42secs) and Silas Brummell (1:29:54secs).
Gardener who is also a top masters’ athlete in Caribbean would be very grateful for any sponsorship for his future overseas competitions. Interested persons or business entities can contact Gardener on 647-8742.