Irish Jog was Aussie’s stroll

St Patrick’s Day celebrations wouldn’t be the same in Cayman without the annual 5k fun run.

Serious runners, parents pushing prams and casual walkers alike swept around the scenic Britannia Golf Course on Monday afternoon in the searing heat. Some who dressed as leprechauns must have melted. Boy, did the Guinness taste good after that thirsty work!

Speedy Aussie IT expert Scott Brittain was the comfortable winner, as usual. Butterfield Banker Marius Acker was second and tennis coach Eduardo Torres third.

Brittain, 31, said: ‘My time was about 17 minutes even. I wasn’t bothered about my time really because the course is quite windy and undulating. It’s more fun and testing yourself really, making sure that your training’s going well.’

Brittain loves a pint of beer on the odd occasion. He didn’t get offered a Guinness as distraction but intended to have a few bevies later – just to get into the spirit, of course. ‘I’ll probably have an early night to bed,’ he quipped. ‘I’m not really a Guinness fan. Up in my way, in Queensland, 4-X is the beer.’

His next serious race is probably the Cayman marathon in December. He will be running in the duathlon on 30 March in partnership with cyclist Steve Evans.

Acker is competing in the duathlon by himself to prepare for a Half Ironman in Orlando in May. Last year Acker won the duathlon with cyclist Gary Clarke.

Irish jog organiser Marina Flynn (wonder what nationality she is) said: ‘This was the 16th annual Irish jog and we organised it with sponsors Butterfield Bank. This year we had over 950 participants, lots of great prizes. This year the proceeds go to the Cancer Society in memory of Bridget Brown. She was one of the main organisers here and lost her battle to breast cancer last October. We thought it appropriate to dedicate it to her this year and to her two sisters and her niece. We’re glad to have them here.

‘This is one of the great family events of the year. We’ve been lucky with the weather. We charged $10 per person so we hope to make around $10,000 to give to charity.

Flynn was helped by Caroline Dagan and Butterfield Bank’s Rhonda Serrano.

CAPTION

Brittain resisted the Guinness offers to win

Leprechauns were welcomed

Kids ran too

Pushing a pram was sweating work!

The organisers (l-r) Flynn, Dagan and Serrano raised $10k

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