Corbin prepared to go to Hell

Dominic Corbin has his sights on doing the Pirates Week double.

After a dominant performance in the 5K run last week, the Englishman is looking to pace the field at the annual Jerry Harper 10K, also called the To Hell And Back 10K, taking place this Sunday, 18 November.

Corbin, who is only 23, is looking forward to competing in the last Pirates Week race.

“Next will be the Hell and Back 10K,” Corbin said. “I know that race will be tough as I haven’t run any 10K races, so I’m interested to see where I place.

“I’ll be ending the year with the Cayman Islands marathon and I’m hoping to beat my time from last year.”

Corbin would beat out a field of 149 runners in the 5K run in a time of 17 minutes and four seconds. That time would be the event’s fastest mark over the last four years. Dave Walker was second in 17.29 with last year’s winner Derek Larner, 48, placing third in 18.35. Rounding out the top five would be Chadwick Webster, 37, in 19.05 and Mike McDonald in 19.10.

Corbin figures to be tested by Webster, who won the 10K race in 2011, Derek Larner, a constant podium finisher who placed third in 2010 and 2011 and Marius Acker, the 2006 winner.

The Jerry Harper 10K, sponsored by Krys Global, takes place on the last day of Pirates Week on Grand Cayman, with the race starting at 7am on West Bay Road, opposite the Westin hotel.

The course, which is 6.2 miles in length, stretches into West Bay with the turnaround point at Devil’s Hangout. The finish line will be at Tiki Beach, which will serve breakfast. The race is named after coach Harper of the Phoenix Athletic Club, who has organised the event since inception.

After the 10K, the local running scene will brace for the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon on 2 December. For Corbin, the marathon will represent his journey in the sport coming full circle.

“I’ve been running for 11 months now as the first run I took seriously was the marathon last year. I got into running by accident as a friend recommended doing the marathon. I finished in the top 10 and I was surprised, so I decided to try some of the other races.”

Entry fee is $25 and includes event T-shirt and breakfast. Registration will be at Tiki Beach on Saturday, 17 November, from noon to 5pm. Entry forms are also available at the Pirates Week office. For further information, call 928-2537 or 949-5078

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