Forde favoured to win Courts 10k Road Race today
By Edison Jefford
Cleveland Forde will enter today’s Courts 10km Road Race as the clear favourite to win after coming off back-to-back victories in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago recently, giving some clear indications of his excellent form in the process.
Starting at 6:00am, Forde’s challenge will come from Cleveland Thomas and Dennis Horatio, who not have a lot to prove among themselves if Forde gets away, as he often does, with about 3km left in the race. Horatio has gone one up against Thomas in 10ks this year.
There will be a clear plan against Forde in an effort to cease his piling up of local and regional accolades from the athlete. The challenge among the three top distance runners is likely to be exciting and competitive as it has been for the last two years.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race, the participation of Alika Morgan is in doubt. Following the launch of the event earlier last week, her coach, Leslie Black had told this newspaper that she is ill and may not compete in the Courts 10k today. However, Morgan has been nevertheless registered for the race.
Morgan had won the AinLim race after Euleen Josiah-Tanner dropped out. Josiah-Tanner is her nearest rival should she compete today. The two women have shared the spoils since they began competing against each other in road races.
If Morgan does not compete, Ashanti Scott could slip into second place today with Eva Harry likely to finish third. The dynamics of placing in the female race depend heavily on whether or not Morgan participates, which was not confirmed yesterday.
Nathaniel Giddings and Devon Barrington will be renewing their rivalry at the Junior Boys level with Jevina Straker and Adama Roberts also looking to get the top spot on the podium. The race promises to be another forum where bragging rights will be at stake.
The winner in the Open male and female categories respectively will receive $100,000 each with second place taking home $80,000; third place $60,000; fourth $40,000 and fifth $20,000. In the Masters’ category, the winner gets $60,000; second $40,000 and third $20,000, while the Juniors pocket $60,000, $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 in the top five; trophies will accompany all the cash prizes.
The race will start in front of Courts Main Street, proceed north to Young Street, east along Young Street into CARIFESTA Avenue, continue east along Rupert Craig Highway’s northern carriageway to turn at Conversation Tree-Rupert Craig Highway southern carriageway into Kitty Public Road; south on Vlissingen Road; west on Lamaha Street, south on the eastern carriageway on Main Street, turn around at the Cenotaph to finish on the western carriageway of Main Street in front of Courts.
Meanwhile, the 3km Fitness Walk and Health Run will start in front of Courts, proceed north to the Seawall Road, east on the Seawall Road to turn south into Camp Street, continue south on Camp Street, turn west on Lamaha Street, south on the eastern carriageway on Main Street, turn around at the Cenotaph to finish on the western carriageway of Main Street in front of Courts.