WITH very cool conditions prevailing for most of the morning due to persistent showers just before the race, defending champion Kirk Brown and last year’s third-place finisher Britnie Dixon of Vere Technical made the most of the chill at yesterday’s staging of the Burger King Portmore ‘Run Di Road’ 10K road race.The pair captured the male and female titles in convincing style, with Brown, who was winning the event for a fifth time and four years in a row, clocking 31 minutes 55 seconds for the win.Like he did a year ago, the in-form Oshane Archibald of G.C. Foster College had to settle for second place in 32 minutes 14 seconds, while former Mavis Bank High School athlete Garfield Gordon took third place in 32 minutes 17 seconds.Brown, who less than 12 hours earlier had captured the Guardian Life Night 5K event in New Kingston, showed no form of tiredness as once again he proved that he is the best in the island on the road taking control of the race from the early stages.”It was not hard for me today (yesterday) because, in the first part of the race, the other runners ran to my advantage as they went out very fast. But that suited me because I know that I have strong endurance and good top-end speed. After taking over at the 6K mark, I just pulled away from the field. Running the night before didn’t affected me as I have done this before and I am used to this, ” said Brown.Dixon, one of the favourites to dominate in the middle distance at Champs next year, was in a no-nonsense mood, dominating her rivals to be the first female to cross the line in 40 minutes 59 seconds, ahead of Church Teachers’ College’s Melissa Tyme, 41:04 seconds, and Edwin Allen’s Kara Grant, who competed for Spalding High last year, finishing third in 41 minutes 14 seconds.”It was a very competitive race, but I was confident in winning as my strategy was to just get out very fast on my rivals, knowing that they would have difficulty in catching me back; and I just increased my speed after every 1K,” said Dixon.MUCH IMPROVEDWith their powerful middle-distance team, Edwin Allen’s girls topped the female team event finishing first with an average of 42 minutes 32 seconds. Vere Technical was second in 43:28, with Holmwood Technical taking third in 44:52.The much-improved Mavis Bank High took the male team award with an average time of 36 minutes 17 seconds, ahead of Bellefield High, 36 minutes 19 and St. Jago High third with 37 minutes 13 seconds.As usual, it was very exciting among teams in the 4×1500 metres relays, where Hydel High, led by Monifa Green, and Kingston College, led by Shane Buchanan captured the female and male titles, while GC Foster College was first in the Institutions and Clubs section.Subrina McDonald-Radcliffe, regional sales and Marketing Manager of Burger King, was very pleased with the event despite a lower turnout from previous years and the absence of a walk race.”We are very pleased of what happened today (yesterday) and despite not doing our usual 5K in Mandeville this year leading up to the event today, due to the weather, and although the turnout is not what we wanted, we are grateful. The interest is still in the product and next year we are hoping to make it much bigger and better, as we are going back to the table to do some serious panning,” said McDonald-Radcliffe.
Mark Salkeld is President of the Calgary based Petroleum Services Association of Canada and he believes there’s a new norm in place, and $100.00 a barrel oil is an endangered species.In fact, he hesitantly says we’re not likely to see $70.00 a barrel again before next year.“I hesitated a little bit only because I have been attending so many different presentations from banks, from investment groups; from people that are smart on this kind of stuff,” says Salkeld. “And the one constancy is nobody knows for sure.”- Advertisement -Salkeld says some industry insiders are hopeful things will turn around this summer.“I’m obviously hopeful that he’s right, but I’ve been hearing too much about 2015 as being a write-off – which just about makes sense because everything is ramped down and it takes so long to get ramped back up again,” Salkeld explains.He says it’s also rumoured that Middle Eastern oil producers have secured enough of a nest egg that they can continue selling their crude oil at the current price for at least the next two years.Advertisement He was somewhat more optimistic about B.C. – citing potential LNG development.“We’ve had a lull with all the press on LNG, but I can’t help thinks it’s a calm before the storm.”Salkeld says he’s optimistic that LNG development will commence in the summer of 2015.