Scott Brittain seems to be defying the ageing process because Cayman’s fastest runner keeps lowering his marathon time on every gruelling 26.2 mile race.
The 33-year-old Aussie’s latest heroics came two weeks ago at the Boston Marathon, which he entered with fellow Cayman-based runners Russell Coleman and Beth Schreader who recorded personal bests.
Brittain finished in 2 hours 37 minutes and 47 seconds, about four minutes faster than his Cayman record and only six minutes slower than his best ever time.
He was 138th overall, a marvellous achievement considering over 25,000 started the world’s oldest marathon.
This run was done on limited training in the last weeks because the UBS fund manager had work and personal distractions. He thinks he is capable of running sub 2:30 given enough time to prepare and staying injury free.
Incidentally, it seems most of Cayman’s best runners work in the financial sector. Apart from Brittain there’s: Coleman (Fidelity), Schreader (KPMG), Marius Acker (Butterfield), Jasper Mikkelsen (economist), Ken Krys (his own company) and Rebecca Lillywhite (PRS Group). It seems like running is the ideal release after filling their heads with figures.
‘I was very happy with the time given the lead up and preparation,’ Brittain said. ‘Standing on the start line I thought somewhere between 2.40 and 2.45 would be fair.
‘I thought I was in the same sort of shape for Boston as I was for the Cayman Marathon last year but I’d also had a lot of distractions in the lead up to Boston.
‘The weather forecast wasn’t great either with a forecast 25mph headwind for the runners. The course runs a fairly straight Easterly path into downtown Boston.’
Brittain had his fair share of aches and pains before the race.
‘I’d been getting treatment on the same hip that was giving me some problems last year but it didn’t give me any trouble during the lead up or on the day. Thanks to Matt at Cayman Physio for getting me to the start line in Boston.
‘I thought I was in for a long day when I found myself been passed by quite a few runners between 10 and 20km after the initial downhill start.
‘I was conscious of trying to keep the pace as even as possible especially given the tough hills in the last third of the race.
‘This definitely paid off as I passed the same runners plus many more over the last half of the race. I’m not sure why I felt so strong over the hills in Boston because we don’t have any hills to train on here but looking back through the results, I improved many positions from half way on.’ (Maybe he should train on Mount Trashmore next time!)
‘The crowds were amazing. I’ve run London before and thought the support there was good but this was no comparison.
‘Apart from a few small sections in the first 7 or 8km, the course is pretty much lined both sides of the road the entire race and in many cases, several people deep.
‘It was also great to run over a course that has pretty much remained unchanged for 113 editions of the race and to experience the famous Heartbreak Hill everyone always talks about.
What’s next for great Brittain? ‘I think I’ll try for either Chicago or New York later in the year. After the Boston result, the idea of putting in some more work and getting under 2.30 has crossed my mind.
‘I know I can do it but it is just a matter of will I get the training done to get the result. I think having a few marathons in the legs from the last couple of years really helped in Boston so at least if I keep doing a couple here and there, one day I might give sub 2.30 another crack whether it be while residing in Cayman or when I find myself back home in Oz.’
Brittain was pleased to be accepted for Chicago in October under what they term their ‘Top 100 Programme’ for athletes they think are capable of finishing top 100 based on previous performances.
Maybe then he’ll reach that magic time.