Although weather conditions blew off most of Friday’s Pirates Week celebrations, the 5k run went off as scheduled, as 120 participants slogged their way around the course
Traffic as usual was a hindrance, with some competitors leaving transport to get to the start, and setting off a bit behind the main pack. Even Blackbeard was forced to miss his traditional duty as race starter, as his flagship stalled in the automobile gridlock.
However, the new route and start time proved popular with those who braved the elements. There were a number of close contest for finishing spots.
First to finish was David Walker in a time of 18:40, while Lisa Hadley took the 11th spot overall to lead the lady entrants, finishing in 20:55.
Runnerup for the men was Mark O’Hare in 18:52, pipping Mike McDonald by one second.
Second place on the ladies’ side went to Anne Scaife at 22:20, with Joycelyn Loyd following at 22:35.
Sixty-five-year-old John Ouweleen of Sebastian, Florida turned in a sparkling 24:40 for a 36th place result.
Also adding to the upbeat mood was the participation of five members of the Miller family from Littleton, Colorado. There were also other visitors from Florida,
Texas, New York, and Nebraska joining in the fun.
A variety of random prizes as well as event shirts were distributed.
All persons interested in taking part in the 10k on Sunday, 6 November, are asked to call 945.3970.Runners, joggers, walkers, and pram pushers are all welcome to join in this event which starts at 7:00 a.m.