The Fidelity Fun Run series is
aptly named because it is only two miles and everyone of all abilities can join
in, including strollers, tourists, dogs and the occasional sea turtle. Okay,
maybe not turtles, but Walkers Road is rarely as crowded as the last three
Saturday mornings in September. Last year football referee Alfredo Whittaker
was there and carried his red card to keep order. It wasn’t needed.
This year’s men’s race is not
likely to be as competitive as before. David Walker is injured and will not be
defending his title. He is rehabilitating and is planning a comeback soon.
Scott Brittain, the Aussie running machine, is set to rocket away, starting at
the John Gray School and maybe regain the title he won in 2008.
Last year he was injured, which is
a pity because the tussle between Walker and Marius Acker should have been
televised internationally it was so exciting. Walker won overall by a mere
second. With Brittain in the mix, the whole sporting world would have stood
Acker is Cayman’s best triathlete
but when it comes to running, he bows to the 35-year-old UBS fund accountant
who used to compete as a semi-pro Down Under. “I can still remember Scott’s
very first race three years ago like it was yesterday,” said Acker. “Tom
Stephens mentioned a mate of his was coming to the island who is a good runner.
This was an understatement. Scott’s first ever race here was a Fidelity series
run which he won by a mile (not literally) and he was not even fit at the time.
He ran it in 10 minute 04 seconds that day, I think.
Acker added: “The 2010 race you
want to watch this year should be the women’s, if Beth Schreader shows. There
is a new woman runner on the island who will take the running community by
storm.” He means Chrissie Dooling and she has reputedly run a two hour 50
minute marathon, a slightly faster time than Schreader’s.
Julie-Anne Pearson won the women’s
event in 2009, while strong performances from Dee-An Foster earned her runner-up
honours, with Emily Davies taking third.
Schreader is running the New York
Marathon with Brittain in early November so the three Fidelity runs may not
suit her, nor Brittain, who will definitely be there on Saturday but is not
sure he’ll do the 18 and 25 September ones, all organised by Jerry Harper of
the Phoenix Athletic Club. At least Brittain has one last target for this one –
to go under 10 minutes. Ten dead is his best ever. “I’m not going to push
myself to beat 10 minutes because I need to save my energy for my long training
run the next day,” he said. “I prefer just to race than make it a time trial.”
Race day registration for the
two-mile loop course action is from 6:30-7:15am, near the starting point opposite
John Gray High School on Walkers Road. Registration forms may be downloaded
from www.caymanactive.com. The fee is CI$15 for the entire series or CI$5 for
The three top overall male and
female point scorers as well as their counterparts in age groups u12, 12-14, 15-19,
20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59
and 60-plus will receive trophies,
as will the top three scorers in the pram division. Points will be awarded each
week in each category with a maximum of 10. Overall award winners are not
eligible for age group awards. Refreshments will be served each week and random
prizes distributed at the final session.