Pirates fill GT streets

Despite the usual Friday afternoon traffic gridlock and an earlier starting time than in previous years, the Pirates Week 5k attracted more than 150 participants on the official opening date of festivities

Blackbeard, the traditional race starter, sent the throng on its way with a dramatic sword-wielding flourish.The enthusiastic entrants included a wide range of visitors and residents, from pre-school age pram-propelled passengers up to speedy septuagenarians.

David Walker traversed the out-and-back course in fine fashion to lead the rest of the field across the finish line, as he posted a 17:13 mark. Runnerup, at 17:55, was Mark Hydes, and third-place honours were gathered in by Junior Hines in 18:33.

Leading lady was frequent visitor Midge Kerr of New Jersey, placing 27th overall with a 21:39 clocking.Second spot for the ladies was captured by another visitor, Elizabeth Salvo of Washington , just twp places back,21:49, while local pride was upheld by Deeann Foster, in third position for the ladies, and next overall, with a 21:53 performance.

Youngest entrants were resident Victoria Crawshaw and Jack Bizga of New Jersey while Joanne and Paul Blakeley of New York claimed honours for the veterans.

Other visiting celebrants were on hand from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Florida, and Virginia.

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