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Lal reigns in Roy Ravana Memorial Race

Arin Kumar
Monday, July 28, 2014

AVIKASH Lal won the Korovuto Fun Run/Roy Ravana Memorial Race in a time of 16 minutes and 29 seconds in Nadi on Saturday.

The event was the 60th race hosted by the Jet Runners Club and more than 300 runners competed in the event.

Club president and race director Abhinesh Kumar said the father of fallen track star Roy Ravana Jr was also present at the event while Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey was the chief guest.

"We are thankful to Roy's father for allowing us to host the event in Roy's memory," he said.

"Ravana Sr is one of the big supporters of our club and the club wanted to do something to honour his son.

"Also Pete Mazey was impressed with the talent that was on show and in his speech he encouraged more people to take up running and sports."

Kumar also thanked the competitors for turning up at Korovuto College early in the cold morning to compete in the event.

"Avikash Lal won the open male event while former national long distance champion Parshotam Lal won the veteran's event.

"Japanese runners dominated the females' categories while four-year-old Arav Kumar was our youngest competitor and Anil Chand at 65 was our oldest competitor."

Kumar said the participation of students and teachers from Burenitu Primary School in Nabukelevu in Serua was a good sign.

"The best performances of the day was from Burenitu Primary School. They brought eight students and three teachers took 11 trophies and three special awards.

"Class Eight student Meria Rabo won the overall open women's award, all primary school male and female and one secondary school awards.

"I think they came with a good plan and showed their talent. They used this event as a build up for the Chow Games.

"The young little students ran barefoot with their teacher Nikita Maharaj who was fourth in open female.

"This is the biggest event of the year for us and we were glad to see runners from as far as Tavua and Suva competing and I thank the management, staff and students of Korovuto College for their help in hosting this successful race."

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