Over 200 runner and walkers take part in Orient Bay10K

   Over 200 runner and walkers  take part in Orient Bay10K

Jean Hodge (right) from Big John’s Boot Camp finishes the 10K with Judy Honore (Photo Lize Lucie)

ORIENT BEACH--Easter Sunday saw a massive turnout of runners and walkers for the annual “Les Foulees de la Bell’Orientale” organised by the Inter Generation Runners Club. On the programme was a choice of 10k Run, 5K Run and 5K Walk.

Participants departed at 6:30am from Le String Beach restaurant on Orient Beach heading towards Le Galion or French Quarter and back depending on category. The 10K group (73 runners) left first with the course taking them out to French Quarter and back followed by the 5K runners (64 runners) to Le Galion and back and lastly the walkers (46).

Minimum age required for the 10K was 16 and 14 years for the 5K, in accordance with the French Athletics Federation (FAA) rules.

The 10K run was won by Avenir Sportif Club’s Omarco Robinson in a time of 37:34, second place to Jan Kas 38:30, and third place to Inter Generation runner Jean Gouin (39:19).

There was a very good representation from St. Maarten Roadrunners with Michiel de Ruyter in 11th place overall, Marcel de Wit in 16th place overall, Stephan de Vries 19th overall, Gyenuar Lopez in 21st overall, Roadrunners President Krispijn Teunissen 23rd overall, Eddy Pedro Police 37th overall, Oscar in 46th overall, and Mary Wrigley 58th overall.

Eddy Pedro Police, Stephan de Vries, and Krispijn Teunissen each won their age categories. There were eight categories for men and women.

The 5K run was won by Frederic Gonzalez in 19:15, second place went to Lionel Sabbadin in 19:48 and Murielle Lancien Paul third in 21:19. St. Maarten Roadrunners Meks Teunissen was 7th overall in 22:42 and first in his age group U16. Other finishers from the Roadrunners were Freek Redele 20th overall, Demi Donker 26th overall, Jan Carel-Redele 49th, Williams Eudoxia 56th.

The 5K walk was won by Philippe Differi from Inter Generation runners in 33:41, Lyn Taylor also from Inter Generation was second in 33:57 and Lionel Richaud third in 34:09.

Medals were awarded to all finishers, and winners won prizes and vouchers.

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