Manchester Secondary School student Denzil Leitch won the first monthly Digicel sponsored Diwali Day five kilometres road race for school students of the Lower Corentyne.
The race was organized by the Rose Hall Town Day Anniversary and Development Organisation on Tuesday.
Leitch led the field of 17 other athletes from start to finish. The race started off at a fast pace from the starting line at UG’s Tain Campus to the end at the Rose Hall Arch. At about the halfway mark, Leitch opened a gap of about 25 metres from the others and never looked back, maintaining that lead to the end unchallenged. Sixteen-year-old Michael Layne placed second and 17-year-old Daryl Bennons, third. Michael Dick of the Guysuco Training Centre placed fourth while Michael Ravindra rounded-off the top five. The trophies for the top five were donated by Digicel. The other five positions were occupied by Guysuco Training Centre athletes M. Damon, P. Sampat, Bepaul Bandoo, Lenny Singh and Asif Emmanuel.
Marissa Lawson of the Port Mourant Secondary School was the lone female to enter and finish the race. For her efforts she was presented with the Devindra Bishoo trophy.
The other sponsors of the event are Imran and Son and Imran and Daughters, Rawle Perreira, Fiesta Fish Shop, Archway Snackette, Allicock Wild Meat Centre, Jai Jairam Lemonade Factory, Jermaine Barber Shop and Friends of Rose Hall Town.
The next race is set for December 16 from the Whim Police Station to the Rose Hall Town. Trophies and cash prizes in various categories will be up for grabs. The race is open to all athletes in Berbice.