They all knew they were going to Hell and got up especially early for it, fully prepared for the blazing heat.
The annual Pirates Week 10k Run To Hell and Back was the final warm up event for many local athletes as the Cayman Triathlon, sponsored by Scott’s Equipment, approaches this weekend.
They started out opposite the Plantana on West Bay Road and by the time they got to the turning point at the Hell post office, a special visitor was there to spur them on – none other than the devil himself, aka Ivan Farrington.
Russell Coleman and Scott Brittain used this event as a training run for the Cayman Marathon and seemed to quicken as they passed the horned one. Brittain is aiming for a third consecutive marathon victory and Coleman, second last year, hopes to close the gap on him.
David Walker was the fastest Hell starter. He started like a bat out of, eh, hell but pulled up before the half way point injured.
Tennis coach Eduardo Torres took up the mantle and breezed home in 37 minutes and 29 seconds. James Ogden was second around 22 seconds later.
The battle for third and fourth was tight. Ray Welds edged out Dean Gaffigan as they sprinted for the line.
Saud Gomez was sixth, Mark Hogan seventh and in eighth place and first woman home was Beth Schreader in around 41: 22.
Julie-Anne Pearson was second female home in 13th overall place and Lauretta Bennett third woman to finish in 15th place.
Roger Davies competed alongside son Martin and daughter Emily and once again finished a credible 21st in 46 minutes and 48 seconds. Not bad for someone who turns 65 in two months.
Vicky Crawshaw was the fastest 15-year-old girl, finishing in 100th place and Linda Colgan was immediately behind, pushing baby daughter Aoifa all the way.
Vicky’s dad Richard was 49th in around 51 minutes. Not his best time by 13 minutes but still speedy enough to beat his daughter by 10 minutes. But the gap is closing!
Torres was glad that he finished in one piece because he’s had hamstring problems recently and hopes to get near his personal best of two hours and 58 minutes in the Cayman Marathon on 6 December.
‘I’ve run under three hours twice, in Winnipeg and Calgary and hope to do it again this time,’ he said.
‘What I’ll need to have is someone to run with, so I’ll try to stay with Scott to keep my pace up.’
Everybody tucked into a splendid breakfast at Calico Jack’s after where the prizes were handed out. They can truly say they all had one hell of a time.