Fuji 5K draws big field

The Cayman 2007 competitive road running season started of in fine fashion on Sunday, 21 January, with the Fuji 5k, sponsored by Cayman Camera, and organized by the Phoenix Athletic Club.

More than one hundred participants, including pram passengers and four-footed friends turned out for the activity.Although several probable top placers were absent due to illness or travel on the holiday weekend, a fair number of competitors took advantage of the chance to check their fitness for upcoming events.Others made the most of the opportunity to ponder the effects of Chistmas and New Year’s celebratory indulgences.Still others took part for the social interaction which the event provided.

Marius Acker set out to prove that 2007 was not going to make any change in his prominent position on the local distance running scene, and his victory over the 3.1 mile course in a time of 16:58 left no doubt that this year he will again be tough to beat.

Newcomer Russell Coleman posted a mark of 18:39 for runnerup honours, and will likely improve upon that performance in the near future.J.P.Hanekom turned in his usual high-class performance for an overall third place result in 19:43.

Beth Schreader finished sixth overall in 20:41, which was good for the victory in the ladies category.Pat McCallum has returned to the running scene with determination, and ended up second at 23:07, with Wendy Freeman third in 24:30.

All finishers were supplied with event shirts and refreshments.

Overall and age group top performers enjoyed photographic-related prizes distributed by the sponsor, while random winners enjoyed awards from Breezes by the Bay, Cayman Taffy Company, and CayPuzzles.Island Glassblowing contributed unique paperweights in the shape of Mt.Fuji.

Youngest female and male finishers Dru Bodden and Ryan Kirkaldy received recognition for their efforts, as did Mavis Davies and Michael Keen at the other end of the chronological scale.

Age group winners in the ladies category included Stephany Durksen,Suzie James, Alyssa Dodson,Faye Kuchelski,Caroline Courtis, and Mavis Davies, while male age group leaders were Matthew Courtis,Andy Richens,Kingsley Chong,Derek Larder,Rodger Yeomans, and Roger Davies.