Something new has been added to the local running scene.
Finishing among the fastest in the Tower Run not only requires speed, but also strategy, and a bit of devil-may-care disregard for caution on the downward portion of the action.
Despite a week’s postponement, and a not too participant-friendly scheduling on an early Friday morning, the offering was intriguing enough to attract 73 adventuresome individuals to Camana Bay and the new Observation Tower.
Included were some speedy early-risers who have gained a reputation for good results over a flat surface, as well as several Special Olympic athletes, volunteers and coaches.
David Walker, not surprisingly, led the field by a comfortable margin over the 1.2 mile course around the Camana Bay site and was first to begin the Tower ascent.
However, in the up-and-down portion of the activity, Mark Browne was able to overtake Walker in the final strides, actually taking wing over the ultimate set of stairs to gain a victory by the narrow margin of just over two seconds in 7 minutes 42.11 seconds to 7:44.47. Third place went to Martin Davies, who just nipped Marlon Crowe – 7:56.56 to 7:57.66.
Top honours for the women went to Avril O’Reilly in 9:00.88, a short distance in front of Emily Davies, who clocked 9:05.91. Laura Knox took the third spot, with Tracey Walker not far back.
Special Olympics athlete Andrew Smilley, who finished eleventh overall, is proving that his skill is not restricted to aquatics.
Post-activity refreshments provided by Abacus, Cafe del Sol, and Red Bull, among other donors, were greatly enjoyed.
Thanks are expressed to all the volunteers who acted in various capacities.
A large number of those taking part were enthusiastic about the uniqueness of the event.
Those who took a more deliberate approach to the climb and descent marvelled over the mosaic which is incorporated into the structure.
Everyone is encouraged to come and admire the mosaic, and make use of the seating opportunities on the various levels, as well as to enjoy the panorama of views.