Marius Acker was happy to regain his Cayman Islands Intertrust Half Marathon title in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes 30 seconds, ahead of second placed Jason Saunders who won it last year.
Acker was fourth in the half last year although he ran the fastest 13.1 mile race, but he started a few minutes late because he overslept. A ship’s fog horn was placed beside a reggae sound system at the foot of his bed to ensure there was no repeat this time. The race went according to script with Saunders 2 minutes and 29 seconds behind.
“It was a tactical race until about half way,” Acker said. “We were on record breaking pace until half way but I wasn’t fit enough to sustain it so I was happy just to win.
“This one was much harder. It’s becoming more competitive. The experience is always great. It’s such a blur, goes by so quickly.
“The most memorable part was at half way when I pushed to break because I wasn’t sure when and where I would break him.
“My next event is the Miami Marathon over the last weekend in January. It’s one that I do every year. It’s six weeks training from now and hopefully I’ll get there.”
Dominic Corbin finished the half in 1:23:32, a seven minute improvement on last year to come third. “Maybe next year I’ll be seven minutes quicker,” he joked. “This year I was running my own race for the first and in the first ten miles I was holding back a lot and in the last few miles I was trying to catch up.
“Maybe next year I’ll try to stick with the front group.
“I’ll probably do the Jingle Bell run this weekend but I’ve got a massive blister on my foot. My next serious race is likely to be the Valentine’s Mile Run in February.
“The short distances are my forte. I want to improve my times on the shorter distances and work up to the longer ones.”
Claire Critchley was the first female home in the half, finishing 13th in 1:34:08.
Chadwick Webster was fourth, Mark Hogan fifth, Neil Coleman was next, then Christophe Alexandre, Conrad Proud, Erik Suderland, Johan Heath, Greg Meaker and David Dyer twelfth.
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