Fuji got legs going

More than 80 participants assembled at Cayman Camera on Sunday for the in the Fuji 5k run/walk in the first competitive road race activity of the year.

Fine weather greeted those present, who represented a wide range of ages and abilities, with some putting the pedal to the metal, while others were content to simply finish the course and enjoy the ambience.

Final results provided several surprises, and overall winner Marius Acker had his hands full with New York-based Ulrich Fluhme, who was in the lead at the halfway mark.

Acker, who runs a half-marathon in Miami this weekend was able to marshal his strength for a swift finish in 16 minutes and 38 seconds.

Fluhme was runner up in a highly creditable time of 17:10. Third place honours were garnered by Hayden Isbister, another fairly new face, in 18:53.

Beth Schraeder, at 19:35 (7th overall), who is headed for the Boston Marathon in April, sped to the win in the ladies division.

Next female finisher was Julie-Anne Pearson (12th) at 20:41, with Lauretta Bennett (19th), clocking 21:58.

The event was organized by the Phoenix Athletic Club, with Cayman Camera providing theme-related event shirts, overall performance awards and random prizes.

In addition to residents, visitors from New York, Indiana and Norway enjoyed this introduction to a full and varied running and running-related year.