On Oct. 6, approximately 150 people gathered in front of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church at 6:30 in the morning to participate in the Annual Monica Adderley Fun Run Walk, a fundraising event that precedes the annual Pink Rose Ball by a week, aimed at raising cancer awareness.
As they arrived, people had to register, and pay a participation fee of $15 that gave them the right to claim a pin with Monica’s photograph, enter an age bracket, and let the organizers know in which category – walk, run, relay – they wanted to participate.
The 5K route took them from the BAIC Park to the airport roundabout and back.
By 7 a.m., everyone had registered. A large circle was formed with people holding hands while a blessing was performed. And off they went, the runners already sprinting ahead. The walkers followed, some walking alone at a pace, but many walking in groups, mixing socializing with exercise.
The age categories included 12 and under, 13 to 20 year olds, 21 to 30, 31 to 40, 41 to 50 and over-50 year-old participants.
There were four relay teams, the Defence Force Rangers, the Patrick J. Bethel High School students, the Team Portia PJ and the Team Colon Curry. Although not represented in a relay, many faculty members and students of Agape Christian School competed in different categories.
A police biker and an ambulance accompanied the participants until the last one had returned. A volunteer handed out water bottles out of a car.
Along the route, there were commemorative boards with the names of women, who had succumbed to the disease as well as at the back of their T-shirts. Many people who participated were either cancer survivors or had loved ones who were victims of cancer.
Among the runners, Deandra Beadle, in the 12 and under age category, was the first to return in her category. No boys were registered in that age group. Enrico Joseph and Jermeka Williams placed first in the 13 to 20 age group. Nancy Joseph was first in the 21 to 30 age group.
Vincent Joseph and Tasia Bootle were the first-place winners in the 31 to 40 category; Kara Butler-Wight was the first to reach the finish line in the 41 to 50 age group; and Laures Reckley was the first-place winner in the over-50 category.
Among the walkers: Kaelin Adderley and Faith Thompson took the first place finishes in the 12 and under category. There were no males in the 13 to 20 age group, but Kaitlyn Francis was first among the women. There were no males either in the 21 to 30 age group, and the first-place position among the females was claimed by Karen Swain.
Thomas Adderley and Marsha Cruz took the first places in the 31 to 40 age group. Paul Curry and Tracey Fox were respectively the first to return in their category of 41 to 50. Chief Supt. of Police Kevin Mortimer and Dr. Therese Bonamy won the over-50 category.
The Patrick J. Bethel High School students won the relay; they were followed by the DF Rangers.
Some of the women had donned tutus or other fancy outfits – they were entering the Best Dressed-Parade Your Pink competition. Apparently, the male participants were not aware of this.
Kara Butler-Wight placed first in that contest. The relay team to win this competition was Team Colon Curry.
Some second-place holders to mention among the runners: Ricardo Decius and Kiara Moxey; Judy Albury; Anton Lockart and Jasmine Fox; and Victoria Albury.
Among the walkers, special mention goes to: Kyle Jones and Nevaeh Dean; Shantinae Ash; Serenity Forbes; Camille McDonald; Rhonda Eldon; Ricardo Ferguson and Norma Delancy.
A prize distribution was held inside the Parish Hall with the top three winners in each category receiving a bag of goodies or a medal.