Hounds unleashed yet no one went barking mad

The recent K9 5K was the perfect opportunity for Cayman’s competitive canines to get out and strut their stuff.

The event, organised by Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts in association with St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, also included some competitors without four footed training partners, but it was the dogs who finally had their day, regardless of size, breed, or even top speed.

With some 140 starters taking to the line, accompanied by 40 doggy joggers, it was always going to be a close race, with special prizes on offer for the fastest dog on the day as well.

According to coach Jerry Harper, first runner across the line was Derek Larner in 19:05, with his running partner David Shibli a mere second behind him in second place. Third place was also taken up by David Shibli, although in this case it was junior, who seems to be catching up to his father’s running prowess rather quickly, even if he still has to cut a couple of minutes off his time if he is to become the fastest runner in the family.

The most amazing performance of the day was turned in by Wiggles, who charged across the line to claim fourth place, and in the process dragging Shaun Green to a very fast 21:31 finish.

They were followed across the line by the first lady, Emily Davies, who clocked a time of 21:36 for fifth overall, with Emma Byrnes taking second and Saskia Lawrence third.

In 18th place overall, Koda pulled Claire Hughes along to the fastest female finisher with a dog prize.

There were also prizes for the fastest St. Matthew’s students, claimed by Tom Walsh and Tiffany Gisel respectively.

Lesley Agostinelli of CARE said the money raised by the event would go towards the spay and neuter programmes of the organisation and thanked event sponsors BritCay and Cayman Animal Hospital for their help in making the event possible.

“I really want to thank the many volunteers and officials, as well as all the participants – residents and visitors – and all the spectators,” she said.