Scary run was frighteningly good

There’s a new road race on the local calendar and appropriately enough over the Halloween weekend, it was called the Scary Run.

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Dave Walker breezed home, as expected.
Photo: Ron Shillingford

The rugby club’s inaugural 5k run brought out an array of competitors, a few in costume but many using the event for training for the big ones coming soon.

There’s the Cayman Triathlon, sponsored by Scott’s Equipment at the end of November and the Cayman Marathon on 6 December.

Derek Haines, club president, ran, as did many members of the club.

Winner of the Scary Run, predictably, was David Walker, best known as a triathlete who is concentrating on just running now because of work commitments.

The run was from the rugby club on South Sound up to the end of Old Crewe Road and back.

Walker had an impressive time of 17 minutes and 3 seconds. Mark Hogan was second in 18:25 and Mark Browne third in 18:34.

The first woman home was Tracey Walker, Dave’s missus, in 21:52 and tenth overall. Gill Comins was second female in, on 23:02 and Rowena Lawrence was third on 23:32.

Organiser Matt Bishop is the vice-president of operations at the rugby club.

He said: ‘I think we had close to 70 runners which is really good for the first year. It was reasonably short notice but still very good considering we’re competing against a lot of other runs and fundraising efforts so on balance I think it’s been very successful today. We’re privileged to have some very good runners.’

The run was to raise much needed funds for the rugby club which has a vibrant social scene designed to help boost the coffers.

There’s a bar there, naturally and lots of flat screen TVs showing top rugby matches from around the world.

Caroline Deegan is a player and has been a full-time worker at the club since March.

‘I’m loving it,’ said the former captain of the women’s team. ‘I get to watch all the games, never miss one.

‘During the day we have the local schools and kids come in and do training. Keswick Wright will coach some of them along with some of the school teachers.

‘On Mondays and Wednesdays we have women’s rugby training from 5.30 onwards. Men’s is Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and Fridays it’s social touch, so pretty much 24/7 the pitch is used.

‘We do receptions and AGMs and things like that. Saturdays we have happy hour and also any night of the week. Saturdays is the day to come down and have a beer and watch a game either live or on the big screen.

‘Leading up to Christmas we have northern hemisphere versus southern hemisphere games, so that’s very competitive and also very social.

‘We also have a kids Christmas party and we’re planning on the kids bringing gifts which will be donated to the needy in Cayman. So they won’t receive a gift but bring their own to give away back to the community. Obviously, there’s going to be a visit from Santa as well so they might get something if they’re good.

‘On Boxing Day we have the president’s game between a president’s side and the captain’s side. Then we have a full Christmas dinner after on the president along with champagne reception.

‘We also have social events during the month, like a quiz league, darts league and we’ve just started a poker league.’

The poker’s only in the first month so nobody has won a million off another nor had to offer their spouse in lieu of debts. That, presumably will come down the line!