Morgan and Gardner win Suriname marathon races

By Iva Wharton

Alika Morgan and Llewellyn Gardner won their respective categories at the  Suriname marathon held Saturday in the neighbouring republic.

Gardner was the winner of the over 45 years category while Morgan won the females 18-25 years event.

Alika Morgan and Llewellyn Gardner with their trophies.

Gardner clocked 3 hours, 32 minutes for what he said was his eighth championship win.

He said he totally enjoyed the race adding that there were no challenges that he could speak of. After competing in the marathon for eight yours you get accustomed to it, he said.

His next event will be the Barbados Half Marathon on December 1 an event where he placed 11th last year. This year he said, he would be looking for a top 10 finish.

Morgan, clocked three hours, 19 minutes a time which placed first in the 18-25 years category and second overall.

“I did not prepare much for it but I feel that I misjudged the route because the course was different.

The last time it was straight, this time there were plenty curves,” Morgan, who was accompanied by her coach Leslie Black told this newspaper. Morgan said she won the event in 2008.

Like Gardner, Morgan said she too will be competing in the Barbados Half Marathon and 10K events.

She is the defending 10K champion.

The two said that they would like to thank the many sponsors who made their trip to Suriname possible among them, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Pauline Stephenson, Survival Supermarket and Ramchand Auto Sales.

Also competing in the race were South American 10K champion Cleveland Forde, who clocked a time of 2:49:45s behind two Kenyans, Lionel D’Andrade with a time of 2:50:08s and Kevin Johnson who clocked 2:5547s.

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