Evelin overcomes all handicaps

Wednesday Night Running Club wrapped up their annual handicap championship last week and this one was the closest yet.

The three race series is open to anyone but to be eligible for the championship itself competitors must have previously run with the club on one of the regular weekly runs, Wednesdays 6pm from the old World Gym in Lawrence Boulevard.

The start is staggered with each runner receiving a time handicap based on their previous known finishes, the intention being for everyone to finish together. After each race the handicaps are adjusted making the third race the closest.

The winner is decided on finishing place not running time. The best two finish places being added together to achieve the final score, lowest score wins.

Fastest runner was Neal Ainscow with 17 minutes 10 seconds for the three mile course, followed by JP Hanekom 18:20 and Marius Deyssel 18:50. Ainscow finished fourth in the last race and 13th overall.

Last year’s winner Pablo Costa did well to finish joint fifth overall, tying with Jaqueline Davis who completed the three races in 24:05, 23:40 and 23:30 finishing fourth, ninth and eighth.

Steve Clements, new to the island and probably still acclimatising was fourth with 10 points.

Rodger Yeomans was third with eight points, turning in times of 27:55, 27:15 and 26:45 finishing third, seventh and fifth.

Also on eight points but in second place by virtue of finishing higher in the last race was Nick Small.

The overall winner and 2012 champion is Evelin Broderick who turned in an amazing three performances of 23:25, 22:55 and 21:45 finishing fifth, tenth and first for a final score of six points.

Broderick becomes the fourth club champion following in the illustrious footsteps of Pam Abbott, Brad Marquardt and Pablo Costa. The event is held each year to mark the club’s anniversary.

In 2008 Larry Walters, Brant Buckner and Tony Watts moved the location of their informal Wednesday night runs to start and finish at the old World Gym and with the arrival of Justine Plenkiewicz the running club was born.

The club champion is awarded the Jim Kelly Trophy to keep for one year. The Trophy was named after the club’s oldest member who ran with them regularly age 70, before having to return to Florida.

Organiser Tony ‘Duffer’ Watts said: “The club ethos has always been to provide a resource for runners of all abilities to meet other runners, find training partners of a similar pace, inspire each other, share experiences and advice, persuade people to desert their treadmills and venture outside, help beginners to progress and compete in the many on island events, all while having fun.

“At busy times of the year such as before the Cross Island Relay, up to 50 people have turned up for a Wednesday night run. More often a group of about 20 can be expected, comprising a good blend of diehard stalwarts who have attended from the beginning and new arrivals still getting used to our testing climate.”

The orange running vest – originally introduced as a road safety aid – is in its fourth version,and has become synonymous with both Wednesday Night Running Club and World Gym, over 200 have been issued so far. (Original vests have become collectable and Watts is selling his one with a reserve price of $2,000.)

Watts added: “Hopefully, we can keep going for another four years, help more people stay active and ensure there will still be orange runners in Cayman.”

The overall winner and 2012 champion is Evelin Broderick who turned in an amazing three performances of 23:25, 22:55 and 21:45 finishing fifth, tenth and first for a final score of six points.

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