Last Friday saw the first of many sporting events for Pirates Week.
The annual 5k run took place in epic fashion to a Cayman sunset along the waterfront in George Town.
Sponsored by the Department of Youth and Sports, some 184 people (a record turnout) ran the 5k course that started from Bayshore Mall, then into South Sound and back.
Interestingly enough 121 of those entrants didn’t sign up for the race until 4pm on race day.
Keeping with the fun tone of the event competitors brought a range of skills and accessories to the meet. From pram pushers to dog walkers everyone added an intriguing dimension to the run.
Of course there were more than a few surly pirates roaming about.
In spite of the heavy traffic and strong sunlight the runners pushed on down the course and most were making good time.
In fact the first runners home were at the finish in less than 20 minutes.
The winners would be two notable names in local road racing. Russell Coleman nabbed the props as he was the first runner home in 17:18.25.
Meanwhile Beth Schreader was first woman home in a time of 19:39.75.
Coleman’s time also took top honours in the men’s 30-39 age group while Schreader was first in the women’s 20-29 section.
Some of the most notable showings were in the 60 plus age groups. Dominated by the men, the top three all posted times under 26 minutes.
Leading the charge was ageless wonder Roger Davies with a time of 21:55. Davies may have seen 61 pass him by awhile ago but he sure turned back the clock with his strong strides.
On his heels was Tim McGreevy in 24:33 and renowned local runner Rodger Yeomans who turned in a time of 25:54.
As expected a number of notable names in the local track and field scene took part such as Elroy Allen and Ashleigh Nalty (who won the girls 15-19 group).
However the run saw a number of faces in and around the local sports world. Some of the more memorable faces were Jim Fraser (father of swim heroes Shaune and Brett), James Bebarfald (a former sports anchor) and Malaqui Awe (a star flag football player).
Organizing this year’s run was national track and field coach Kenrick Williams. Aiding Williams on the day were a number of faces in local athletics including coach Tyrone Yen.
For Williams the event went better than expected.
‘It was excellent. The meet ran like clockwork. It started exactly at 5pm and we had a very high turnout of registered entrants.
‘All the age groups ran without a problem and all in all it was done very professionally I must say.’