JTA Inaugural 5K Run-Walk

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dwayne Graham takes inaugural Vilma Lawes-Munroe 5k run/walk

Oracabessa: 

One of St. Mary’s most talented 5k road runners,Dwayne Graham won the inaugural JTA Vilma Lawes-Munroe 5k run walk which was staged in the parish on May 18, 2017.

Graham completed his run off from the Boscobel Primary School to James Bond Beach in the parish in a time of 18 minutes 35.70 seconds  while Abigail Schaffe another runner won the female section in 28 minutes 13.80 seconds.

The male entrant in the walk, Andre Smith, won that section in 26 minutes 54.80 seconds and was followed by Daney-Ann Thomas in the  female section in 51 minutes 15.80 seconds.

The top three winners are 5K male - Dwayne Graham (Unattached) 18 minutes 35.70 seconds, Shavorn Folkes (Ochi Rios High) 21 minutes 38.70 seconds and Leonard Hall (St Mary High) 22 minutes 08.50 seconds; Female - Abigail Schaffe (St Mary High) 28 minutes 13.80 seconds, Johnell Moore (Fruitful Vale Primary) 28 minutes 15.30 seconds and Abigail Pinnock 28 minutes 59.00 seconds.

Walk - male Andre Smith (Go Run) 26 minutes 54.80 seconds, Anthon Leckie (Unattached) 39 minutes 21.20 seconds, Cole Alrick Bloomfield 49 minutes 48.20 seconds - FEMALE - Daney-Ann Thomas (Portland) 51 minutes 15.80 seconds, Khristacia McKenzie (Ochi Rios High) 52 minutes 34.30 seconds, Marvalee Tomlinson-Russell (Macore Ltd) 54 minutes 15.60 seconds.

Patron of the meet Robert Montague Minister of National Security and Member of Parliament Western St. Mary in getting the run/walk on the way commended the Jamaica Teacher's Association for staging the meet in honour of Vilma  Lawes-Munroe.

According to him, "She  was a dedicated educator who sought to the well-being of her students and their total development. She was actively involved in sports  - football, cricket athletics you name it. This is a fitting tribute in her honour and her son, Orlando Ducally is here and will participate".

Jamaica Teacher's Association President Howard Isaacs for his part commended the participants and the organizers in ensuring the run walk became a reality and also held in the region that the then Regional Officer (JTA) worked.

"Vilma Lawes-Munroe was a committed and dedicated educator who worked tirelessly in this region for the development of teachers and students. This run/walk is a part of our wellness programme and we are happy for the turnout at this our inaugural run/walk" he said.

Dwayne Graham, the winner, speaking to journalists remarked:, "I am happy that i won this event as the pace at the start was good but after a while I had no competition. This is a good course  and it posed little difficulty for me" he said.

He however complained about the lack of support that persons like himself gets from the business community and corporate Jamaica for their efforts in representing and promoting healthy lifestyle amongst Jamaicans.

Female winner Abigail Schaffe who also addressed the media following her run said, "I feel good winning this event as I am not fit and I had injuries during the track season. I'm looking forward to a good season next year and hope that I will be injury free" she said. Scaffe is an athlete from St. Mary High and runs the 800m. She will be a second year class two athlete next year.

 

Audio Clip - Howard Isaacs

Audio Clip - Robert Montaque

 

Story contributed by Everad Owen, a JTA Public Relations Committee member

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