Olympic Day 5K

South African Marius Acker ran his best ever time on the Island, 16:08, for a 5km run in the Cayman Islands Olympic Day 2005 Run/Walk Sunday 3 July.

And Marius reckons he could have beaten his sub 16-minute target for the distance if he and running mate David Walker had known where they were going from the start!

Marius explained: ‘We took a wrong turn at the top of Academy Way onto Walkers Road and went left instead of right.

‘David and I only went about 50 metres before realising our mistake and turning back to run towards town and Denham Thompson Way, but I reckon those few seconds cost me the chance to break that 16-minute target of mine for the 5k.’

First lady to cross the finish line was Lizzie Haines, a medical student based in Bristol, England, whose parents live on the Island.

Lizzie recorded a time of 21:06 and is now looking forward to a trip to Canada to visit friends before returning to England to take up her studies again in October.

‘I was fairly pleased with my run on Sunday, but I know I can do better than that,’ said Lizzie.

Lizzie’s father, Royal Cayman Islands Police Chief Inspector Derek Haines, was also in action over the weekend, recording a good time in the half marathon at the end of the Police and Fire World Games in Quebec, Canada.

Mr Haines also took bronze in the 10-kilometre event earlier in the Games and the police squash team from Cayman also returned with a medal.

The Olympic Day Run/Walk is held to commemorate the Islands involvement in the Olympic Games, which began in 1976 and, earlier, the formation of the Cayman Islands Olympic Association and committee.

Coach Jerry Harper and his team did an excellent job organising the event and now Jerry is doing the same with the Cayman Islands team currently competing in the Small Islands Games in the Shetland Isles off the northern tip off Scotland in the United Kingdom.

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