Friday 20 September, 2019

Thomas, Martin top Good Samaritan road race

Winner of the Good Samaritan Run, Henry Thomas (centre) of UCT Steppas pose with runner-ups, Kemar Leslie (right) of Rainforest Seafoods, and Kosiani Dunkley of Riot Squad after the race on Sunday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Winner of the Good Samaritan Run, Henry Thomas (centre) of UCT Steppas pose with runner-ups, Kemar Leslie (right) of Rainforest Seafoods, and Kosiani Dunkley of Riot Squad after the race on Sunday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Henry Thomas of UCT Steppas and Arieta Martin of Rainforest Seafoods won the men’s and women’s categories of the Good Samaritan Run on Sunday at Andrews Seventh Day Adventist Church on Hope Road, St Andrew.

Thomas finished the race, used to raise funds for purchasing life-saving dialysis machines, in 16.21 minutes, with Martin doing 22.35 minutes.

Kemar Leslie of Rainforest Seafoods, who won in 2017,  finished the men’s event second, like he did last year, in 16.51 minutes, with Kosiani Dunkley of Riot Squad getting third in 17.35.

Arieta Martin (centre) of Rainforest Seafoods, winner of the female category at the Good Samaritan Run, with runner-ups, teammate Alison Sutherland (left) and Ingrid Blackwood of UCT Steppas.

In the women’s race, Martin retained the title she won last year to finish ahead of teammate Alison Sutherland, who did 24.07 minutes with Ingrid Blackwood of UCT Steppas third in 24.29.

The 13-and-younger male category was won by Brandon Davis in 24:27 with Dai’Anna Brown leading the females in 28.41. The largest corporate group of finishers went to Derrimon Traders and the top-performing team was Rainforest Seafoods.

According to Thomas, he used the race to help himself get ready for tougher assignments, as he expects to compete in overseas events later in the year.

Good Samaritan Run 2019

Approximately 800 runners took part in the race this year, with the hope of helping to raise the $4 million that is needed to purchase the two dialysis machines for Andrews Memorial Hospital. It will also provide funds for Good Samaritan Inn, which is a drop in centre for homeless.

The patron of the event was director for the Centre of Disability Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Senator Dr Floyd Morris, who participated in the race.

The aim of the race is to encourage Jamaicans to live healthy and fulfill lives with exercise, as well as provide support for projects for the most vulnerable in Jamaica.

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