By John Denny
(Nelson Springs) – The Church Ground Sports and Social Club is inviting all of the Federation to participate in their Sixth Annual Road Race this Sunday, June 8. A sponsorship check was presented by Jan Grell-Hull earlier this week to club member Mr. Spencer Hanley that will provide for trophies and refreshments.
The 11K race will begin at 8 a.m. promptly on the Island Main Road in Church Ground. The finish line will be at the Charlestown Secondary School. Registration for participants will be from 7 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. the morning of the race. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign a consent and waiver form. An EC$25 registration fee will be required on the day of the race, but those who register before will only be charged EC$20. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.
“We do this to encourage our young people to participate in sports beyond high school,” said Mr. Hanley.
The Red Cross and medical personnel will be on hand to assist in any emergencies or injuries. With consideration that the event will be held on a Sunday morning, the event should be a quiet affair as to not disturb any church services, Mr. Hanley noted.
“It gets very hot in Nevis. Participants should drink plenty of fluids for 48 hours before the race, during the race and at the finish,” he said. “Water and Gatorade will be provided.”
Racers are encouraged to wear light colored, loose fitting clothes.
Itinerary for the race will go from the Main Road north along the Church Ground-to-Hamilton Road, turn left at the top of Hamilton Estate Road and head towards town. Turning right on Pump Road, the course proceeds North on the Bypass to the Main Road, then left past TDC. Continuing on the Main Road through town the course takes a left on Government Road, right at the Federal Office Building, around the Cultural Complex past the tennis courts and then East back to Pump Road where the course turns south again. At the roundabout the course turns west on the Main road past the Rams Complex and veers left into Bath Village. At the bottom of the hill, the course takes another left up to the Albertha Payne Community Center, turns right, and right again at the next intersection and then right again. (Three rights make a left.) The course proceeds past Blackhat Restaurant, veers left at the Bath roundabout and crosses the Main Road at Reliable Motors on to the finish at Charlestown Secondary School.
There will be plenty to eat and drink for all the participants and there will also be a 20/20 cricket match after the race.