Red Cross kept spirits bubbly

The colourful, often costumed and cheerful volunteers at the Cayman Islands Intertrust Marathon water stops have become a huge attraction at the event, always on the first Sunday of December.

The Red Cross were present again three weeks ago and once more provided a welcome service in more ways than one.

Jondo Malafa Obi is the director of British Red Cross in the Cayman Islands. She said: “The Red Cross is the main organisation that has been providing first aid coverage for the marathon and so we felt that we could increase our participation by having a water stop and also creating awareness about the work that we do.

“We’ve always provided first aid coverage, but last year being our 50th anniversary, we had a water stop for the first time and we were voted the best water stop by the runners.

“This year we had two water stops with 20 volunteers and we came second.”

Cayman’s own Jon Rankin won in 2 hours 43 minutes and 10 seconds. Last year’s champ, Justin Grunewald, ran three-quarters of the race but dropped out.

The 26.2 mile race started at Breezes by the Bay at 5am and ran along South Sound up to Prospect Point and back twice. Consensus is that this one of the world’s most beautiful courses, especially along South Sound and Prospect. The atmosphere generated by the water stops, like the Red Cross, is a big plus too.

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