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[UPDATED] Trincity man dies after Sea To Sea 10K

Andy Phillip during a road race. Photo is from Phillip's Facebook page.
Andy Phillip during a road race. Photo is from Phillip's Facebook page.

A TRINCITY man died at hospital yesterday morning after he collapsed during the Sea to Sea 10-kilometre race in Tobago.

Andy Phillip, 48, of Fifth Street, Cane Farm Road, Trincity, died at the Scarborough General Hospital where he was taken for emergency treatment.

Phillip, an operator at Nutrien Trinidad in Point Lisas, travelled to Tobago to participate in the 10k race.

He collapsed near the Lambeau Fishing Depot at about 7.20 am.

An emergency response team took Phillip to the hospital where he was attended to by doctors. However, he died around 7.53 am.

His common-law wife Natasha Woodly told police that Phillip had a history of hypertension and a pre-existing heart condition.

She was provided counselling from the victim support unit. Karen O’Connor, CEO of Sea to Sea Events Limited, offered condolences to Phillip’s family.

“He has run with us before and he enjoyed running even to the point where he was willing to come all the way to Tobago. He was running a 10k which was challenging, he was at last kilometre of the race. We are heartbroken about this.”

Race organiser Raymond Chin Assang, on his Facebook page, wrote, “One of our brothers got called to run a bigger race this morning. It was as sudden as it was a shock to all of us here in Tobago, may his wife and family and friends find solace in the good Lord at this time. Rest in peace, Andy Phillip, our good friend, soldier and brother.”

This was the first race to kick off the two-day event which ends with the Half Marathon and Marathon today. In related news, Cuban Olympian Richer Perez Cobas is the 2019 Sea to Sea Marathon 10K champion, clocking 31 minutes 19 seconds, outsprinting Kenyan Alex Ekesa (31:22) to the Lambeau Beach finish line.

In third place was Didimo Armando Sanchez of Venezuela in 32:25 while Jose Elmer Ararat Diaz of Colombia was fourth in 33:46.

Oshane Archibald (34:53) of Jamaica placed fifth and won the Caricom category.

TT Defence Force’s George Smith (35:16) placed sixth overall and copped the second prize in the Caricom category. Guyanese Lionel D’Andrade (37:15) finished seventh overall and was the third-placed Caricom runner.

Kade Sobers of Tobago (37:23) was eighth and Guswil George (37:43) of TTRRC was ninth. In 10th place overall, and first among the women, was Raquel Agudelo Berrio of Colombia clocking 38:24.

April Francis of Abilene Wildcats finished second among the women in 45:43 and won the first prize in the female Caricom category. Christiane Farah (46:07) was the third overall woman and was the second Caricom female, followed by Evelyn Douglas-Jacob (49:10) and Ifeula Gooding (49:18).

This story has been adjusted to include additional details. See original post below.


A Trincity man died at hospital this morning after he collapsed during the Sea to Sea marathon in Tobago.

Andy Phillip, 48, of 14 Fifth Street, Cane Farm Road, Trincity, died at Scarborough General Hospital where he was taken for emergency treatment.

Phillip, an operator at PCS Nitrogen Nutrien Trinidad in Point Lisas, traveled to Tobago to participate in the 10k race. He collapsed near the Lambeau Fishing Depot at about 7.20 am. An emergency response team took Phillips to the hospital where he was attended to by doctors, however, he died around 7.53 am.

Phillip had a history of hypertension and a pre-existing heart condition his common-law-wife Natasha Woodly told police, who interviewed her and provided counselling from the victim support unit.Karen O'Connor, CEO of Sea to Sea Events Ltd, told Newsday offered condolences to Phillip's family.

"He has run with us before and he enjoyed running even to the point where he was willing to come all the way to Tobago. He was running a 10k which was challenging, he was at last kilometre of the race. We are heartbroken about this." This was the first race to kick off two-day event which ends on Sunday.

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