Forde, Josiah-Tanner defend Courts 10k titles
By Edison Jefford
Cleveland Forde and Euleen Josiah-Tanner successfully defended their Courts 10km Road Race titles yesterday morning with Forde demonstrating a clear break from his former race plan when he left the pack early to challenge the clock for an improved time.
Forde won the male overall category in 32:10 with Dennis Horatio less than a minute behind on 32:56 and Cleveland Thomas third with 33:10. The race attracted the surprise participation of the Trinidad and Tobago-based Guyanese duo, Kelvin Johnson and Lionel D’Andrade with Johnson placing fourth ion 34:17 and D’Andrade falling outside the prize money. Winston Missenger was fifth with his 34:21 time.
United States-based Josiah Tanner represented her title well in the female race with a 39:53 time, winning with just over a minute ahead of Alika Morgan (40:58). Ashanti Scott was third in 41:55 with Eva Harry (45:54) finishing fourth and Carlissa Atkinson (48:3) fifth.
Nathaniel Giddings won the Junior male version in 33:55 with Devon Barrington (35:21) second and Colvis Grant (36:49) third. Ernesto Thomas was fourth in 36:57 and Givon Grant (38:34) fifth. Jevina Straker won the Junior girls race in 43:03 with Adama Roberts second in 44:18 and Siddiqua Shabbazz (53:06) third.
In the Masters’ 40-55 category, Ian Archibald came out on top in 38:44 with Hosea Redner in the second position with 39:16 and Linden Harrison (42:26) third. Llewellyn Gardner won the Over-55 category in 40:16 with Ivelaw Harry second in 55:24 and Franklin Archer (1:03.15) third. The Masters women race went to Cyrleen Phillips in 53:04 with Simone Budram second in 53:22 and Lorry-Ann Adams (1:01.20) third.
It was clear from the onset that the race was going to be fast-paced with Johnson, Horatio, Forde, Thomas, Giddings and Tyshon Bentick forming the lead pack just around the 2km mark along the Seawall Road, forcing D’Andrade, Barrington and Missenger into a second fold. The race started in front of Courts, Main Street and proceeded to mere metres before Conversation Tree ahead of finishing at Courts.
Forde made his first move around the 3km mark, which was a break from his usual plan to attack the race in the latter stages. Forde went out early and it worked; he dropped Thomas, Bentick and Giddings with Johnson and Horatio holding on to him.
The most successful Guyanese distance runner increased his pace over the next mark leaving the coasting Horatio and Johnson behind, but halfway through the race the two athletes caught Forde who was obviously relaxed before he laid down his final attack.
It was not long before Forde made his final move, which came at the turn of the former Russian Embassy. Forde held a 20m lead when the race turned on Vlissingen Road and that was the end of the race with Forde establishing his superiority.
Courts’ Managing Director, Clyde DeHaas thanked the numbers that turned out yesterday to be a part of the 10km Road Race and Health Walk/Jog. He said that the event is definitely growing as participation has increased from its re-introduction last year.
“We have seen an increase, so we are moving in the right direction. I want to commend the fittest people in Guyana for coming out here today I hope to see much more people next year,” DeHaas told those gathered for the Presentation Ceremony.
The winners of all the categories received lucrative cash prizes along with trophies while Camille Crandon won $20,000 for being the First Courts Finisher among the females as Joel Hunte, who won last year, taking the prize among the males for the second consecutive year.