The holiday period is well and truly over and the running season got officially under way with the first of the Fidelity Fun Run Series on Saturday.
Nearly 200 congregated outside the John Gray High School on Walkers Road from 6.30am to do the two mile run.
Accomplished triathletes like Marius Acker, Dave Walker, Tom Stephens and Julie Anne Pearson lined up with the casual runners, pram pushers and assorted dogs, weekend warriors, ambitious tots, families and reluctant participants – like me.
Swimming coach Dominic Ross turned out and had cajoled some of his young charges into running. They had a busy day because the 800 metres Foster’s Sea Swim was on that afternoon.
Golfer Samantha Widmer made an appearance and whizzed round faster than a Tiger Woods drive.
Under the watchful eye and trusty stopwatch of coach Jerry Harper, we all sped off like Usain Bolt wannabes at 7.30am. This is the seventh successive year of the Fidelity series and certainly the first day’s biggest, boosted by around 25 by the Cayman Islands Cadets Corps team.
Fidelity have kindly sponsored the cadets in all three races.
Predictably, Acker won in another impressive time of 10 minutes 7 seconds with Walker 13 seconds behind. Stephens was third (11:34) with James Ogden fourth.
Conrad Proud was fifth, Martin Davies next, Mark Hogan seventh, Ray Wells eighth and Beth Schreader ninth and also the first female home in 12:10.
Next woman to finish was Pearson in thirteenth place in 12:37 who just pipped Deean Foster who clocked the same time. Keden Foster was closely behind in 15th place.
Fastest stroller was tennis president Jeremy Superfine who did a super fine job in finishing 18th place despite pushing his two kids. Imagine if his long legs just had to get only himself across the line.
I plodded home in 157th place in an embarrassing 22 minutes. Ah well, being built for comfort and not speed is a burden I can bear.
Last year’s races saw more than 200 people compete but that will be easily beaten this year. This is all early preparation for the Cayman Marathon on 6 December and there was already plenty of talk of who was going to do what in regards to the full marathon, half marathon or teams.
The second Fidelity run is on Saturday at the same time and venue. Registration opens at race site at 6:30am and is only $5, including T-shirt and refreshments.
The ten fastest male and female participants from each age group receive points at the end of each race.
The top three male and female performers overall will receive trophies. Awards will also be presented to the three stroller pushers who accumulate the most points.
Participants are divided into age groups: Under 12, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60-plus. The Fidelity Fun Run Series is organized by Phoenix Athletic Club and is sponsored by Fidelity Bank (Cayman) Ltd.
For further information contact Jerry Harper at 945-3970, or email at [email protected]