Fidelity fun run produces large turnout and big names

The 2011 version of the Fidelity Fun Run Series was not short on numbers and names.

From the likes of top road runner Marius Acker to track stars Sheyla Torres and Tristan von Kirchenheim, there were loads of notable athletes. Each edition of the series, which took place in George Town, also drew hundreds of runners with the last meet over the weekend reportedly topping the 200 mark.

Heading into the weekend the focus was on a series sweep for Acker. The South African had top spot in the first two races with times of 10.56 and 11.11. Conrad Proud has been a close second the whole way with times of 11.33 and 11.19. Carl Grant rounded off the top three with marks of 11.50 and 11.29.

All would traverse a two-mile loop course that starts on Walker’s Road, opposite the John Gray High School. They would be joined by more than 50 newcomers for each race along with the usual array of pram pushers and dog walkers. Among the new faces to do well is Chadwick Webster, who placed fifth in the second race with a mark of 11.38.

For the ladies,in the absence of first week winner Beth Schreader, Tracey Walker captured first place in race two in 13.07 with Lauretta Bennett second at 13:20. Rounding out the ladies top five were Emma Byrnes (13.32), Marion Pandohie (13.42) and Pam Abbott (13.50).

With a recent addition, Russell Coleman is one of the established runners in the pram division. Interestingly he has had good competition. After winning race one, he had to settle for a tie with newcomer Nchane Jere. Shaun Green seems to be the favourite in the pet division with two victories in that category.

In all there are some 10 segments of runners in the series ranging from the pet and pram groups to the under 12 and 60 plus sections.

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