Marlon ‘Fishie’ Williams set a new record for the Cheddi Jagan Memorial Cycle road race on Sunday when he clocked 2:15:10s to destroy last year’s record time set by Orville Hinds.
Winners pose with organisers and party officials for a photo opportunity
Williams together with Raul Leal for most of the race had a stiff challenge from Shaquel Aguard, Paul DeNobrega and defending champion Orville Hinds who finished in that order behind Leal. Raphael Leung rounded out the top six finishers in the open category.
Leung was also the first junior to cross the finish line ahead of Andrew Hicks and Christopher Cornelius. Leal took four of the eight sprint point prizes up for grabs while Williams claimed two. One each went to DeNobrega and Hinds. The event was orgainised by the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) in remembrance of the late party leader Dr Cheddi Jagan and rode off from outside of the party’s New Amsterdam office at M`ain and Charlotte Streets and proceeded to the Number 51 Police Station in Corentyne before heading to Port Mourant for the finish.
Mountain bike riders and veterans rode from the starting point to Adventure and returned to Port Mourant for the finish while the ladies rode from New Amsterdam to Port Mourant.
The first mountain biker to complete the race was Richard Charles followed by Hosai McCally and Michael Holder in that order. In the veteran category, seasoned campaigner Junior Niles was first ahead of Eon Jackson and Raymond Newton while Inter Guyana Games (IGG) female champion Marcia Dick could not hold a strong finish by Whitney Poyer and Christen Matterson who finished in that order.
The oldest rider to complete the race was 69-year-old Monty Parris. Thirty-seven riders were registered for the event which will have its second stage on May 13 and the final leg on May 21. Both legs take place in Demerara.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony Region Six Chairman David Armogan in congratulating the riders who came to the region to participate, noted that residents of the region look forward annually to see cyclist compete in the event. He said they are pleased to see the competition knowing that it is in memory of the former Head of State, Dr Cheddi Jagan.
Party Executive Secretary Zulficker Mustapha said Dr Jagan dedicate his life for the betterment of all Guyanese.
The presentation ceremony was held at the memorial site of Dr Jagan at Babu Jaan. (Andrew Carmichael)