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Bahamian Keithrell Hanna has come a long way since he stumbled across the finish life in the inaugural Marathon Bahamas six years ago.
The second place finisher from the full marathon last year, shortened his distance in going after the half marathon title this year, and to say that the results were in his favor would be an understatement.
Hanna, 41, won easily, in 1:17:28, about three minutes faster than second place finisher, 43-year old Spencer West of Boston, Massachusetts. West was second overall, in 1:20:26. Bahamian resident Will Fairbairn, 36, finished third overall in the half marathon, in 1:30:43.
"I'm doing plenty speed work so I really wanted to come out here and do the half this morning an see how I would fare in that," said Hanna. "It feels great. I just want to give thanks to the Almighty God who is the head of my life. He always keeps me focussed. I just thank Him for the victory.
"It wasn't much competition like how I expected, so I was able to just relax and run a smooth race. I think I'll be back and forth between the half and the full marathon but more so I'll be doing the full. This was just a change of scenery for me this morning. I thought about giving it a shot, so I just went out there and did it. I felt a bit stronger. Every year, I try to improve on certain aspects of my running, and I was able to do that today."
The sixth running of Marathon Bahamas on Sunday morning also featured some Bahamian flavor on the female side, particularly in the half marathon.
Converted distance runner Crystal Strachan ran in her second half marathon yesterday, and was impressive in finishing third overall, in 1:37:38. The 28-year old Olympic hopeful trains out of Iten, Kenya, a town with a high-level training camp, and one that is known for producing top notch talent. Strachan, who has represented The Bahamas at numerous regional junior meets, took part The Bahamas Half last November, and finished second overall, in 1:34:20. This time, she was about three minutes slower, but said that she was just happy to overcome the challenges of bridges and pace herself throughout for a steady run.
"I'm a little disappointed because it is about three minutes slower than what I ran in November, but having ran the 5K yesterday (Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday morning), I knew that I was coming into this event fatigued, so I figured that I would be around 1:35-1:40. I got a 1:37, so I'm pretty excited with that.
"The longer I run, the faster I get over the shorter distances, so it has definitely paid off. I'm pretty happy with that. It's just a matter of deciding what shorter events I want to focus on this year. I'm definitely going to do the 1,500 about once or twice this year, but I think that the main focus is going to be the 800 meters," she added.
Winning the overall female title in the half marathon yesterday was 44-year old Kathy Provencher from Waterbury, Vermont. She finished in 1:35:54, a little less than two minutes ahead of Strachan. Californian Christine McDonald, 48, finished second behind Provencher and just ahead of Strachan, in 1:36:03.
Despite her success, Strachan said that the 800 meters (m) is still her favorite event, and the main reason for running the 13.1-mile half marathons is to get stronger over the half-mile event. She is the second Bahamian in recent memory to train in Kenya, joining former CARIFTA Games teammate Oneil Williams.
"I feel myself getting stronger and better and that's the good thing," said Strachan. "In the beginning I just did it (half marathons) for fun, but then that competitive edge settled in and you really try to do your best. The best distance athletes in the world are in Kenya, there's no doubt about that. Every year, the Kenyans are breaking records in the distance events, so why not travel over there and get some of that training."
Strachan was advised by Williams to give it a shot and she has. She said that her goal remains qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the women's 800m.
"I want to get there. That is my main focus right now and I have about a year and a half to go. That would be a huge plus for me," said Strachan. "It's about time that The Bahamas has a distance runner at a major championships. I'm working hard toward accomplishing that, and hopefully I'll get there."
The Bahamas has never had an athlete qualify for any Olympics or senior world championships in any track event longer than 400 meters. Strachan has high aspirations of being the first.
As for the race yesterday, she said that she was a bit concerned about the bridges, but once she conquered that hurdle, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way.
"This morning wasn't too bad. I would [have] liked for it to be a little more flat so that I could have ran a faster time, but in the end it was okay. I can't complain with the time that I ran and it does make you stronger in the end," said Strachan.
Male half marathon winner Hanna said that the bridges were somewhat of a challenge as well, but added that he was just focussed on running a smooth race and producing a respectable time.
"I wasn't too worried about the bridges. The weather was fine, and I was moving swiftly so it didn't affect me as much. I didn't catch much sun because I finished in a little over an hour. I just thank God that I was able to finish healthy and with a good time, and also for the win. It feels good to come out on top," he said.
The 6th Annual Marathon Bahamas featured runners from all cross sections of society yesterday. The foreign element continues to drive the sports tourism event which is increasing in popularity from year to year.
Runners from over 20 countries and as far away as New Zealand, Russia and Qatar, including the event's first independent wheeler, a runner who runs barefoot, and a French diplomat who was running in his 100th marathon, took part in Marathon Bahamas yesterday. For the first time, a group from Providenciales, Turks & Caicos took part. The Provo Roadrunners were represented 13 members yesterday.
One of their members, Judith Garland, said that one of the goals of the group is to promote healthy lifestyles.
"We participate in a number of international marathons, but this is our first time in The Bahamas. We all enjoyed it. It is very organized," said Garland. "The bridges were a bit challenging but we made it and overall it was a great experience. The weather was perfect, and the scenery was absolutely gorgeous. Coming from Turks, we have the same type of scenery so we're used of that, but it was a great setting for a marathon. The music and encouragement along the route was fantastic. Everything was top notch, and we had a great time," she added.
Garland finished the half marathon in 2:20:15. She said that coming off an injury, she was pleased with her time and is looking forward to continued progress in the future.
The Provo Roadrunners, which has a membership of about 50 runners, is just one of the many groups that participated in the sixth running of Marathon Bahamas yesterday.
By ALISON LOWE
Caribbean companies will have access to European programs designed to support innovation among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), according to a CARICOM trade specialist, who yesterday urged that Bahamian businesses should look to offer products or services "with a unique advantage that people are willing to pay a premium price for".
Matthew Spence, an intellectual property specialist, said reform of the Bahamas' legal framework relating to protection of intellectual property rights will not be "very useful" to Bahamian firms unless they, too, have something to ...
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A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life....
Nassau, Bahamas - Doongalik Studios in
conjunction with Carter Marketing and the National Endowment for the
Arts invites you to the Sunrise Reception of a CariFringe event:
"Youngie & Exuma" showcasing Bahamian icons Joseph
Spence and Tony McKay.
Friday, October 1st, 2010 from 6-9pm at Doongalik Studios #18 Village
Exhibit will remain open Monday - Friday form 9am - 5pm until Wednesday October 27th...
AS anticipation builds for The Bahamas International Tennis Club's Doubles Week, local tennis fans will be treated to a preview of what is to come in a battle of "Youth versus Experience."
Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club (IC), who are putting on the event for The SG Private Banking Trophy, said the British team wanted to get some extra practice in before the tournament.
"So I thought it would be excellent practice for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encounter to see the battle between 'Youth and Experience' when the teams meet," he said.
The British team will get some early reps in for the tournament ...
By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIAN junior tennis players are set to gain invaluable experience and exposure when they face top British players this weekend.
The match between the aspiring stars and British veterans will kick off a six-day international team doubles competition staged by the International Tennis Club of the Bahamas and encompassing the teams of eight countries.
Kit Spencer, president of The Bahamas International Tennis Club, said: "The British team wanted to get some extra practice in before our tournament starts.
"So I thought it would be excellent for our top juniors to compete against them. It should be a fascinating encount ...
TO celebrate 25 years as an IC, the Bahamas is expected to stage a six-day international IC team doubles competition for eight country teams January 9-15 at Breezes Superclubs.
The country IC's will compete for "The SG Private Banking" trophy, who is the main sponsor.
John Antonas, Neil MacTaggart, Kit Spencer, Mas and Sue Kimball, Dyphany Mortier, J Barrie Farrington, Edith Powell and Lesley Spencer are expected to compete for the Bahamas.
Kit Spencer, president of the Bahamas International tennis club (IC) thanked SG Private Banking and its president, Dominique LeFevre, for its sponsorship of the event.
"With the teams we have coming this is a truly international event for ...
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After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang led by a prison escapee unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging the parents of one of the victims -- a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of reve...
Thursday 20th August 2009 8:00 PM
The Duchess movie is shown at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Georgina Spencer becomes Duchess of Devonshire on her marriage to the Duke in 1774, at the height of a period of fashion, decadence and political change. Start Time: August 20th at 8:00pm End Time: August 20th at 9:45 pm Where: National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, West and West Hill Sts. For more information, contact 242-328-5800/1 www.nagb.org.bs
Three men were murdered in separate incidents during the Christmas holiday, resulting in the murder count for 2014 rising above the 119 recorded last year.
In the latest incident, police said a man, who was on bail for alleged firearm possession, was shot on Spence Street, Mason's Addition, around 7 a.m. yesterday.
Police said the man, 42, a resident of Mason's Addition, was sitting on a bench in front of his home.
Two men approached him, one of whom shot him several times.
Chief Superintendent Paul Rolle, head of the Central Detective Unit, said the man ran to a neighbor's house seeking help.
He was transported to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival, according to police.
Rolle said the man was released from Her Majesty's Prisons (HMP) earlier this month.
He confirmed the victim was shot in Mason's Addition earlier this year.
The man who was charged in relation to that shooting was also murdered, according to Rolle.
Rolle did not reveal the victim's identity.
He said an official identification will be made today.
No one was in police custody in relation to that matter.
On Saturday, a man was shot dead on Carl Road, off Claridge Road, around 1:30 a.m., police said.
He was shot several times while he walking, police said.
Details on the shooting were limited.
Police did not have a motive for the killing.
A third man was shot dead on Christmas Eve on Dorsette Alley, off Hospital Lane, police said.
According to reports, two men were standing on Dorsette Alley around 2 p.m. when a man on a motorbike drove alongside them and began shooting.
The victim, whose identity was not released, was shot several times.
He was pronounced dead on scene.
The man accompanying him shot the suspect during the incident, police said.
The suspect was transported to hospital and listed in serious condition.
The murder count for 2014 stands at 121.
The record murder count of 127 was recorded in 2011.
Saturday also marked one year since the mass shooting in Fox Hill that killed four people and left seven others injured.
Shaquille Demeritte, Claudezino Davis, Shenique Sands and Eric Morrison were shot dead at Freedom Park in Fox Hill when the occupants of a gray car opened fire on the crowd.
Rolle appealed for anyone with information on these incidents to come forward.