OECS 1/2 M'thon '03

 

 

       Man, these humans are fast !!                             Can't let de robot and de white boy ketch me


The Nemwil OECS 1/2 Marathon will be held under the auspices of the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association on Sunday 2nd November 2003.

Hundreds of distance runners from St. Kitts, Nevis, the Leewards, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Caribbean and North America will be in for a major treat for this annual event, sponsored by the NEMWIL Insurance Company. The inaugural event for the half-marathon was in fact held in St. Kitts in 1983. The race will commence in Newton Ground and will proceed along the island main road via Sandy Point to Warner Park, Basseterre (see map below).
 
 
 
The planned route features a relatively flat course with gentle undulations, and passes through a number of villages including Sandy Point, Middle Island, Old Road, Challengers, Trinity and Boyd's on the way to the historic capital Basseterre.
 
 
Sandy Point village, west of Brimstone Hill Fortress
 
The route is generally close to the coast, with the resulting cooling sea breeze, and passes the formidable Brimstone Hill Fortress, which overlooks the Caribbean sea.
 
Water and first aid will be provided at appropriate locations along the route.  Escorts will be provided for the first male and female runners, along with active traffic control.  Transportation will also be provided for competitors from various locations around the island, including overseas participants.
 
Warner Park, Basseterre (from PPD GIS St. Kitts)
 
The spectators at Warner Park, Basseterre will be entertained by a variety of activities during the course of the run, including Track events and possibly Cycling and Boxing events. Cash awards of nearly EC $15,000 and trophies will be presented to the top competitors in the 1/2 Marathon.
 
Local stars expected to compete include:
  • Males: Jesse Mulcaire, O'Brien Huggins, Adolphus Jones, Jerome Toussiant, Ervin Wollard, Leron Ponteen, Ivan Walwyn, Roger Fyfield and Chris Browne
  • Females: Kemicha Samuel, Kerish Richardson, Ashley Wyatt, Aquilya Smith and Vernice Wattley

OECS Countries expected to particpate includes Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Island, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Other invitees includes Barbados, Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao and Aruba.

 


Previous OECS 1/2 Marathon events (entries to be completed)
No.  Year Host Country        Female                     Male
10th  1993
11th  1994                                                                           Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
12th  1995                                                                           Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
13th  1996                                                                           Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
14th  1997                                                                           Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG
15th  1998  Antigua   (cancelled)
15th  1999  Grenada                       Abidemi Charles (Guy)  Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
16th  2000  Antigua                         Janell Williams (ANT)   Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
17th  2001  St. Lucia                       Nessa Paul (STL)          Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
18th  2002  St. Vincent/Grenadines  Adelaide Carrington (SVG) Pamenos Ballantyne (SVG)
 

 

NEMWILL OECS 1/2 MARATHON

ST. KITTS - 2nd Nov 2003


8-time Champion, Pamenos Ballantyne, was reportedly "banned" from competing in the OECS 1/2 Marathon held in St. Kitts, by St. Vincent & the Grenadines Athletic Association President, Mr. Keith Joseph.  From information received, Pamenos was reportedly unaware of the details of the "ban" or the reason for the "ban".  First Vice-President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who was present at the event, indicated that Pamenos should be allowed to run, even if under special circumstances.

The St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association enforced the ban after discussions with Mr. Keith Joseph, and Pamenos was told that he would be "removed by the Police" from the starting line if he attempted to compete.

The matter was indeed very unfortunate, and many persons, including race officials and competing athletes, expressed their opinions on the matter.  The overwhelming majority voiced their opinion that he should be allowed to run.

It seems to be once again, a case of an athlete being placed on the receiving end of a disciplinary charge, seemingly without the opportunity to defend himself.  We must be reminded that the "sport is for the athletes" and while discipline is required, it must be done and seem to be done in a just and fair manner, with the athlete's version of event(s) given a fair and unbiased hearing.


Reprint from the St. Kitts - Nevis SUN

by Corliss Smithen, St.Kitts-Nevis Sun 

A leading OECS athlete has taken issue with the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association (SKAAA) for barring him from competing in the OECS half marathon held here on Sunday.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines' Pamenos Ballantyne, nine-time winner of the half marathon, told the SUN that he feels very much disappointed especially with the SKAAA.

He said not being allowed to participate in the event is a "natural injustice."

"I came over here from St. Vincent and the Grenadines on my own with the intention of making history by winning the race for the 10th time. I run a lot of races around the world. I have never been stopped by anyone. For me personally, I feel that I have achieved nothing. If I knew that was going to be the case, I would not have left my college in the States to try and participate in this race," Ballantyne said .

Ballantyne said he is at a loss as to why he was not allowed to take part in the race. He said, however, that just a few hours before the scheduled start of the race as he was preparing for the event, the Vice President of the SKAAA, Glen Jeffers informed him that he would not be permitted to enter.

"I haven"t seen anything in black and white. I haven"t been sanctioned or disciplined. I don"t know what is the main reason why, but one of the guys told me that the President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Amateur Athletics Association (SVGAAA), Keith Joseph, wrote them a letter stating that I am not allowed to participate in this half marathon. I haven"t received a letter up to today as yet from the SVGAAA, stating what I"ve done or why they are going to discipline me. If I"ve done something wrong, there are procedures that must be taken before action is taken," he said.

The SUN contacted the vice president of the SKAAA, Glen Jeffers, who confirmed that the SKAAA did receive a letter from President of the SVGAAA, Keith Joseph, claiming that Ballantyne is under sanction by the association and once he is under sanction, no other member athletic association can allow him to compete in any event.

"We send invitations to each member country to all amateur athletics in all the countries and if they have a problem with a particular athlete they would inform us and we would have to honour their request," he said.

Ballantyne argued that he has never received anything in black and white granting him permission to participate in the half marathon for the previous nine times.

"The procedure that we go through is this: there is a trials race and whoever wins the race gets the opportunity to participate in the marathon. I"ve been doing that for years. I did it this year as well and my manager told me to go and run the race, only to be told that I could not enter. Yesterday was not the best thing for a Caribbean athlete. I"m an Olympian and I deserve better respect," he declared.

Another issue Ballantyne contends is that he could run the OECS half marathon as an individual.

"I don"t have to run under the St. Vincent and the Grenadines team. I could run here as an individual, as a sponsor. The race is open to the public. Anybody could participate in the event. My president in St. Vincent can"t tell the SKAAA how to run their race, because if they are hosting an event, they have all the say and all the rights to make the final decision," he said.

However, Jeffers said it is quite the contrary.

"The local country can enter any number of countries they desire, but the overseas participants have to be approved by their respective associations. They must represent a territory and cannot run as individuals," he stated.

Ballantyne said he plans to take the matter to the IAAF, the NACCA and the area representative in athletics.

We plan to take action against the president of the SVGAAA, because he must give me a reason why I was not part of the national team and why he sent a letter disallowing me from participating in Sunday's race," he said.

The SUN's efforts to contact the President of the SVGAAA, Keith Joseph, proved futile.


 

 

NEMWILL OECS 1/2 MARATHON

ST. KITTS - 2nd Nov 2003


REPORT ON THE RACE

A total of 55 athletes competed in the 20th edition of the OECS 1/2 Marathon, sponsored by NEMWIL Insurance, 19 female and 36 male athletes.  The event was hosted by the St. Kitts Amateur Athletic Association.  Athletes ran from Newton Ground to Warner Park, Basseterre and completed one lap of the 400m track which created some exciting finishes for the small crowd of spectators, including the battle for the first finisher.

In the male category, Zepherinus Joseph of St. Lucia won the event in 1hr 12 mins 10.18s, followed by Curtis Cox of Trinidad & Tobago in 1hr 12mins 23.00s, and Victor Ledgers of St. Lucia in 1hr 15mins 02.43s.

In the female category, Adelai Carrington of St. Vincent & the Grenadines won in 1hr 38mins 50.06s, followed by Shanno Fitzgerald of Ross University, St. Kitts in 1hr 42mins 00.43s and Jessica Peterman, also of Ross University in 1hr 43mins 00.43s.

14 out of 19 completed the course in the female division while 31 out of 36 completed in the male division.

Spectators lined the route in the villages between Newton Ground and Warner Park, with some expressing their disappointment of not seeing Pamenos Ballantyne competing in the event, especially after the media hype.

An awards ceremony concluded the event, which was first staged by St. Kitts in 1983.


OECS 1/2 MARATHON RESULTS

Females

    Pos No. Name               Age Team        Time

  • 1 8 Carrington, Adelai 29 St. Vincent 1:38:50.06
  • 2 18 Fitzgerald, Shanno 26 Ross Univers 1:42:00.43
  • 3 19 Peterman, Jessica 24 Ross Univers 1:43:00.43
  • 4 45 Ramirez, Fidellia 19 T & T 1:48:08.62
  • 5 61 Yaphe, Wendy 43 Unattached 1:53:05.75
  • 6 60 Wattley, Vernice 41 Nevis 2:02:44.53
  • 7 20 Willard, Kelly 22 Ross Univers 2:05:08.31
  • 8 59 Soles, Tagia 23 Unattached 2:11:09.31
  • 9 31 Gulmatico, Melanie 24 Ross Univers 2:13:43.62
  • 10 46 Joefield, Susannah 51 T & T 2:17:52.00
  • 11 33 Archibald, Cynthia 30 Unattached 2:26:36.68
  • 12 41 Caton, Natalie 29 T & T 2:31:04.00
  • 13 29 Stewart, Alison 41 Ross Univers 2:36:01.75
  • 14 16 Rawlins, Trevece 13 W A High 2:38:22.87
  • -- 36 Eigner, Gina 26 Ross Univers DNF
  • -- 34 Gilmore, Denise 28 Ross Univers DNF
  • -- 57 Tull, Heather 40 Unattached DNF
  • -- 42 Griffith, Solange 18 T & T DNF
  • -- 35 Hollibush, Regina 30 Ross Univers DNF

Males

    Pos No. Name               Age Team     Time

  • 1 7 Joseph, Zepherinus 28 St. Lucia 1:12:10.18
  • 2 44 Cox, Curtis 35 T & T 1:12:23.00
  • 3 6 Ledgers, Victor 35 St. Lucia 1:15:02.43
  • 4 43 Thomas, Cantius 37 T & T 1:20:10.81
  • 5 48 Jones, Dale 39 Antigua 1:24:22.81
  • 6 50 Laville, Johnny 22 Antigua 1:25:03.06
  • 7 40 Stewart, Neil 33 T & T 1:25:08.00
  • 8 47 Sobers, Owen 39 T & T 1:26:05.43
  • 9 49 Johashen, Dale 22 Antigua 1:27:51.87
  • 10 14 Stevens, Otis 31 Police 1:29:13.75
  • 11 37 Queeley, Lesroy 29 Unattached 1:34:49.93
  • 12 56 Morris, Kerwyn 39 St. Vincent 1:34:52.75
  • 13 5 Mulcaire, Jesse 44 Pace Setters 1:36:57.62
  • 14 39 Hawkins, Victorio 46 T & T 1:39:40.93
  • 15 17 Stevens, Royston 29 Unattached 1:41:42.81
  • 16 63 Jeffers, Joel 17 Unattached 1:43:48.50
  • 17 1 Huggins, O'Brian 17 Extreme Velo 1:46:48.43
  • 18 51 Dunrod, Ricky 31 Unattached 1:51:30.56
  • 19 22 Bernier, Otis 32 Unattached 1:55:37.50
  • 20 58 Woolard, Ervin 15 Verchilds hi 1:55:38.80
  • 21 53 Bartlette, Alpha 34 Unattached 2:02:08.56
  • 22 54 Phillip, Wayne 28 Unattached 2:04:11.18
  • 23 32 Hollomon, Dion 36 Unattached 2:06:35.31
  • 24 23 Henry, Vernon 37 Unattached 2:12:02.56
  • 25 30 Pereira, Gregory 43 Unattached 2:14:31.37
  • 26 27 Browne, Dwight 32 Unattached 2:19:57.25
  • 27 55 Jurisic, Nikola 21 Unattached 2:27:33.87
  • 28 25 Salter, Alphaeus 43 Unattached 2:33:14.50
  • 29 62 Innis, Richard 54 Unattached 2:37:52.50
  • 30 10 Singh, Vheekash 29 T & T 2:38:20.00
  • 31 21 Martin, Patrick 45 Thinking Out 2:54:55.62
  • -- 24 Wiltshire, Lestin 33 Police DNF
  • -- 9 Ballantyne, Jeffre 25 St. Vincent DNF
  • -- 3 Joseph, Nealon 17 Grenada DNF
  • -- 52 James, Trevon 16 Unattached DNF
  • -- 38 Browne, Alister 20 Unattached DNF


FEMALE CLASS RESULTS

 POS  NO.  NAME                    COUNTRY  TIME

(U-19) 

  1. 45 Ramirez, Fidellia 19 T & T 1:48:08.62
  2. 16 Rawlins, Trevece 13 W A High 2:38:22.87

(20-35) 

  1. 8 Carrington, Adelai 29 St. Vincent 1:38:50.06
  2. 18 Fitzgerald, Shanno 26 Ross Univers 1:42:00.43
  3. 19 Peterman, Jessica 24 Ross Univers 1:43:00.43
  4. 20 Willard, Kelly 22 Ross Univers 2:05:08.31
  5. 59 Soles, Tagia 23 Unattached 2:11:09.31
  6. 31 Gulmatico, Melanie 24 Ross Univers 2:13:43.62
  7. 33 Archibald, Cynthia 30 Unattached 2:26:36.68
  8. 41 Caton, Natalie 29 T & T 2:31:04.00

(36-45)

  1. 61 Yaphe, Wendy 43 Unattached 1:53:05.75
  2. 60 Wattley, Vernice 41 Unattached 2:02:44.53
  3. 29 Stewart, Alison 41 Ross Univers 2:36:01.75

(50+) 

  1. 46 Joefield, Susannah 51 T & T 2:17:52.00


MALE CLASS RESULTS

(U-19) 

POS    NO.    NAME     COUNTRY TIME

  1. 63    Joel Jeffers SKB 1:43.48.50
  2. 1      O’Brian Huggins SKB 1:46.48.43
  3. 58    Ervin Wollard SKB 1:55.38.80

(20-35) 

  1. 7     Zepherinus Joseph SLU 1:12.10.18
  2. 44   Curtis Cox TT 1:12.23.00
  3. 6     Victor Ledgers SLU 1:15.02.43
  4. 50   Johnny Laville ANT 1:25.03.06
  5. 40   Neil Stewart TT 1:25.08.00
  6. 49 Johashen, Dale 22 Antigua 1:27:51.87
  7. 14 Stevens, Otis 31 Police 1:29:13.75
  8. 37 Queeley, Lesroy 29 Unattached 1:34:49.93
  9. 17 Stevens, Royston 29 Unattached 1:41:42.81
  10. 51 Dunrod, Ricky 31 Unattached 1:51:30.56
  11. 22 Bernier, Otis 32 Unattached 1:55:37.50
  12. 53 Bartlette, Alpha 34 Unattached 2:02:08.56
  13. 54 Phillip, Wayne 28 Unattached 2:04:11.18
  14. 27 Browne, Dwight 32 Unattached 2:19:57.25
  15. 55 Jurisic, Nikola 21 Unattached 2:27:33.87
  16. 10 Singh, Vheekash 29 T & T 2:38:20.00

(36-45) 

  1. 43   Cantius Thomas TT 1:20.10.81
  2. 48   Dale Jones ANT 1:24.22.81
  3. 47   Owen Sobers TT 1:26.05.43
  4. 56   Kerwyn Morris STV 1:34.52.75
  5. 5     Jesse Mulcaine SKB 1:36.57.62
  6. 32 Hollomon, Dion 36 Unattached 2:06:35.31
  7. 23 Henry, Vernon 37 Unattached 2:12:02.56
  8. 30 Pereira, Gregory 43 Unattached 2:14:31.37
  9. 25 Salter, Alphaeus 43 Unattached 2:33:14.50
  10. 21 Martin, Patrick 45 Thinking Out 2:54:55.62

(46-49) 

  1. 39  Victorio Hawkins TT 1:39.40.93

(50+) 

  1. Richard Inniss SKB 2:37.52.50


PHOTOS TAKEN DURING THE RUN (by Lester Blackett)

MORE  1/2  MARATHON  PHOTOS  HERE

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