34-year-old Winthrope Wellington, marathoner from Westmoreland, was among 22 runners from eight countries who participated in the Tottori Prefecture Marathon in Japan on March 11, as a representative of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.
Described as an “admirable finish”, Wellington completed the Marathon with a time of
3 hrs 19:39 having improved on his personal best when he placed 12th in the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K in Negril last December. Having clocked the fastest time in the local event by a Westmoreland runner in 2017, Wellington was selected to participate in the Tottori Prefecture Marathon this year as part of the Westmoreland Municipal Corporation & Reggae Marathon Half Marathon 10K Exchange Programme with Tottori Prefecture.
“Participation in the Tottori Marathon has achieved two of my lifelong goals: visiting Japan and running a marathon in that country. This is especially exciting because I ran on my birthday,” Wellington said after the race.
According to Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, race director of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, “this is the second year that Jamaica has been invited to participate in the Tottori Prefecture Marathon, and we are proud of our representative’s achievement.”
As part of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K/Westmoreland Municipal Corporation’s exchange agreement with Tottori Prefecture, runners from that Japanese territory have participated in the marathon category of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K event in both 2016 and 2017. The Tottori male runners have won the Reggae Marathon male category both years and in 2017, the female Tottori runner won the female Reggae Marathon category.
Tottori will be sending a representative to the Reggae Marathon event on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Negril.