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UWI Spec International Half Marathon

UWI Spec International Half Marathon

{gallery}http://www.flickr.com/photos/theuwi/sets/72157632027618744/{/gallery} The ninth edition of the highly anticipated UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon took place on Sunday, October 28, with more than 800 participants turning up for the 6am start outside the UWI Sports and Physical Education Centre. Last year’s winner, Kenyan-born US-based George Towett, made it a double with a time of 1 hour, six minutes and 41 seconds, while Trinidad and Tobago finally won the women’s title when the country’s top long-distance runner Tonya Nero beat out all the competition to finish in 1:18:19.
The win made it Towett’s third UWI SPEC half-marathon title in seven years. The 28-year-old battled very humid and tough conditions and was almost two minutes slower than his winning time last year. In second place, more than a minute behind Towett, was local favourite Richard Jones (1:09:42), while Matthew Hagley took third place (1:10:05), with Curtis Cox (1:10:28) and Ramirez (1:11:17) finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Olympian Jehue Gordon fired the pistol to start the race at 6 am sharp, while comedian Errol Fabian entertained the crowd with his commentary of the race.
When no one went with Towett, the race was over as a contest and he kept increasing his lead consistently with strong breaths and smooth cadence.
The 23-year-old Nero was even more convincing a victor than Towett, since the closest female finisher was Celine Lestrade, who was almost 20 minutes behind her (1:35:05). In third place was Juliet John-Sambrano.

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