Marius Acker is the undisputed king
of the Cayman’s half marathon. He successfully defended his title for the fifth
time last Sunday and even managed to smash his own record in the process. And
that was a week after retaining his triathlon title!
It seems age is certainly just a
number for the 39-year-old South African banker who ran way ahead of the rest
to finish the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour 15 minutes and 49 seconds.
“I was aiming to better the 2008 course
record of 1.16.31,” he said. “I was unsure if my legs will hold up after last
week’s triathlon but when I went through six miles in 34.15 I realised it was
‘game on’ for me. I have run under 1.14 on the mainland in Maimi last year so I
knew the record was within reach.
“I only looked at my watch at six
miles during the race and again when I was in the final 800 metres. There is
still room for improvement and if the triathlon event is moved from the week
before this event, the course record should be improved again in 2011.” So
there is no doubting that he will look for the joy of six next time.
“The cooler weather definitely
helped and the fact that it was an almost windless day made it a good day for
taking aim at previous best times. Mark Hogan also made the best of the
conditions and ran a personal best.” Hogan finished second – behind defending
champion Steve Speirs – and ran just inside three hours.
“Staying motivated has become
easier on island with a good core group of runners training on island,” Acker
added. “Next year I aim to do a race in Florida on National Heroes day in late
January. A return to the marathon distance is under consideration and Chicago
(in October 20111) might mark my return to this distance after my last 2006