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Guyanese and Trinidadian nationals win CARICOM Annual 10k

Cleveland and Tonya Nero flank CARICOM Assistant Secretary General Dr. Douglas Slater

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero won the women’s leg of the CARICOM 10K Road Race for the third time in a row, when the event came off in St. John’s, Antigua/Barbuda on Sunday June 29 2014, the Caricom headquarters said in a statement.

Guyanese national Cleveland Forde excelled in the men’s section, clocking 34 minutes, 52 seconds.

Ten countries from across the Region converged on Antigua and Barbuda for this 10th  staging of the CARICOM 10K race. The event, which is held annually to signal the start of the CARICOM Heads of Government conference, featured some 70 athletes who vied for the prestigious Secretary General’s and Chairman’s Trophies. Key objectives of the event include reinforcing the value of health as a cornerstone for regional development and the promotion of integration through sport. 

Nero made it to the finish line in just over 38 minutes to claim the winning trophy along with a cash prize.  Second place went to Julien Josiah of Guyana while Trinidadian Janel Nedd copped the third position.

For the men, Forde was followed home by Elliot Mason of Antigua and Barbuda, in 34 minutes 59 seconds, while Grenadian Radix Graham was third in 35 minutes 17 seconds.

Special prizes were presented to six year-old brothers, Mark and Marcus Murphy, for being the youngest to complete the event. The cash awards, trophies and plaques were presented by CARICOM Assistant Secretary General Dr. Douglas Slater.

The race was organized and executed through collaboration with the Ministry of Sport of Antigua/Barbuda and the Antigua/Barbuda Athletics Association. Corporate sponsorship was provided by the Eastern Caribbean Group of Companies and Scotiabank Antigua Ltd.