It’s labelled as a fun run series
and the second race in the Fidelity series was testament to that on Saturday.
Not only the men, women and
children of various ages and abilities are now categorised, the dogs and
strollers also figure in their own divisions too. The Humane Society has
unleashed the dogs on considerate – and extremely fit – animal lovers so it
looks like when a promoter creates the inevitable Canine Olympics, Cayman will
definitely have some medal contenders.
It was another marvellous turnout
by John Gray School on Walkers Road at 7.30am with the timing again expertly
marshalled by Jerry Harper of the Phoenix Athletic Club. The recorded finishers
totalled 182 and with Scott Brittain saving himself for a long training run the
next day in preparation for the New York Marathon in November, Marius Acker
stepped up to cruise home in 10 minutes 38 seconds. A rejuvenated Russell
Coleman was seven seconds behind and third was Mike McDonald in 10:52.
Canadian newcomer Krissy Dooling
was first woman home, seventh overall in 11:14, considerably faster than her
debut run the week before. She hopes to break the 11 minute mark on Saturday in
the third and final Fidelity Fun Run series. Dee-An Foster was second female to
finish, in 12:52 and third woman was Lauretta Bennett in 13:06, one second
ahead of Lucy Nicklas.
Governor Duncan Taylor, some
football refs and Jim Fraser ran again as did TV reporter Jason Harper who used
to be a sprinter in Barbados and might have troubled Usain Bolt if he was still
racing. (Well over the two-mile Fidelity course, definitely not 100 metres!)
Harper’s rucksack contained an oxygen tank and bottle of Mount Gay Barbadian
rum in case he conked out at the end. Thankfully, needed was needed. The
Filipino contingent in this event is growing and they came out in numbers
Several competitors opted to save
themselves for long training runs in preparation for upcoming overseas events,
including Mark Hogan and Beth Schreader. Nevertheless, it was a competitive
field and amongst the dogs, Pretty Girl, accompanied by Mike Ridsdale was first
home in 13:27. First pram finisher was Jason Windsor, 37th overall in 14:17,
with two passengers enjoying their whizz around George Town.
The last race on Saturday should be
another great affair and Fidelity deserves the props for keeping this wonderful
community event going year after year.
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information, go to www.caymanactive.com