Teams shared the load

Part of the success of last week’s Cayman Islands Marathon was because so many teams competed.

There were 34 four-member teams in all, each running a quarter or roughly 6.6 miles.

It’s a great way to be part of the event if you’re not prepared or fit enough to run the half or the full marathon which is 26.2 miles.

Some teams had great names like Kiss n Run, 3 Men and a Boyd, Santa’s Little Helpers, Three Chicks and One Rooster, PwC Probably Will Crawl, Eye of the Turtles and Are We There Yet? Cayman Free Press entered the sensational Free Press Express which came 30th.

Most teams win in under three hours but this year’s winners, Yoshi’s, got home first in a relatively pedestrian time of 3 hours 20 minutes and 58 seconds.

The Yoshi’s team comprised of Ben Baines, Chad Gilbert, Mark Hogan and Daniel Barker.

Second were PwC Fantastic 4, comprising of Ben Witinshaw, Jesse Verster, Dustin Snyder and Jonathon Hawker.

Walkers Running were third. Their team was Martin Davies, Tessa McLean, Charlotte Cloete and Phil McGhee.

It was the first year on trial of two wheelchair athletes as well. Brian Siemann and Ryan Chalmers really enjoyed being part of the Stay-Focused team.

Monitoring the event with a view to bringing over other wheelchair athletes next year was Trisha Yurochko who is the Marketing Coordinator and Head Coach at the Children’s Lightning Wheels a children’s specialised hospital in New Jersey.

She said in an email to organiser Rhonda Kelly: ‘I just wanted to congratulate you on a terrific event, the Cayman Islands Marathon. As a member of the Stay-Focused support team, I wanted you to know how appreciative we are of the committee making the decision that allowed Brian and Ryan to participate.

‘The event was very well organized. I can appreciate all of the hard work and commitment that was and is needed by you and your entire team to run such an event.’

Yurochko then gave some suggestions as to how it could be made more wheelchair-friendly in the future.