There was only one Mexican hat worn
– by Lil Cohen – but the theme ran through the annual Cinco de Mayo 5k run.
Fittingly for a race that is on the
fifth day of the fifth month of the year, it started at exactly 5.55pm.
It was from Safehaven, beside the
North Sound Golf Course and although organiser coach Jerry Harper had worn his
sombrero on TV, it was replaced by a motorbike helmet as part of his stewarding
It was also Harper’s birthday and
the 140-odd runners sang their best wishes.
The 5K run organized by the Phoenix
Athletic Club was another resounding success.
Carlos and Martin’s Tex-Mex Cantina
supplied stylish event shirts.
Participation was so high that
additional shirts will be ordered for those who did not receive one.
Race sponsor Kim Lund’s dog
completed the course so quickly that Kim was able to finish 26th overall. Lund
was not barking mad either!
Theme-related prizes were the order
of the day, with creations from the Glassblowing Studio being presented to the
top five male and female performers.
Top honours went to Beth Schreader
in a time of 20 minutes 36 seconds for the women and Marius Acker continued his
outstanding performances with the best overall clocking of 17:03.
Adding a bit of variety to the
usual faces were visitors Chelley Addis and Andrew Clare, transplanted Kiwis
now living in the UK.
Andrew was men’s runner-up in
17:19, while Chelley was fourth woman in 22:47.
Other top finishers were Caroline
Cahill, second woman finisher (21:11), Emily Davies, third in 22:23 and Lucy
Male standouts also included
Russell Coleman (17:47) who was third, James Ogden (17:51), and Gabe Rabess
A special prize went to Sally
Poole, who was the 55th finisher. Many of the merrymakers took advantage of the
free Corona offers and repaired to the jam-packed premises at Carlos and
Hopefully, these revellers were not
regretful the next day.