Acker never missed a stroke

The triathlon season is in full
swing after the first of three Stroke & Stride races was completed at
Sunset House last week.

Not surprisingly, it was
turbo-charged Marius Acker who cantered home first after a 400 metre swim and
two-mile swim. There seems no let up for the lanky South African who despite
his advancing years – nearly 39 – barely seems to be slowing. 

The defending champion won in 18
minutes and 3 seconds, 55 seconds ahead of second placed Team Mamber – Amber
Myrie and Mark Hogan. Andrew Smilley was the fastest swimmer and with Bill
Edwards he formed the Cajun Hounds. They bounded home wagging their tails in
third in 19:22.

Scott Brittain, fastest runner on
the island, seems to have developed webbed feet because he was fourth overall
and the second placed solo competitor in 19:33. Johann Heath pushed him all the
way, finishing six seconds behind. Brittain could win this series if he turns
up for the other two because Acker is going to miss at least one. Over 120
people entered, including the Governor Duncan Taylor who still swims like an
eel and runs like an Olympic candidate at 51.

The Russell Cat team of Russell Coleman
and Catriona McRae were sixth in 19:50. Caroline Cahill was first woman home,
in 20th place in 23:12.

The second and third races in the
series are on Wednesdays 18 and 25 August, also from Sunset House in South
Sound, both starting at 5.45pm. The next swim is 600m and the third one 800m.
Runs are both two miles again.

Sponsored by Ogier and organised by
the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, the Stroke & Stride series is a
charity fund raiser, and participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship money
if possible.

This year’s receiving charity is
CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts. CARE is a group of dedicated
volunteers, who assist the Cayman Islands Humane Society by volunteering time
to exercising and care for the many pets abandoned at the shelter and assist in
the education of spay and neuter within the community: www.caymancare.ky.

* For the other two Stroke &
Strides, registering can be done online: www.caymanactive.com or from 4.30pm at
My Bar at Sunset House. Entry is $10 per race – individuals and teams. Minimum
age on race day is 13 and participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied
by a parent or legal guardian.

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