Dominic Corbin has established himself as king of short distance road races in the past year and after a two month hiatus he is back to his dominant self.
Corbin went on a long vacation and despite the lay-off won almost two minutes ahead of the second finished. He cruised to victory in the Olympic Day 5k Walk/Run on Sunday at the new course from Tiki Beach.
This event was part of the Olympic Day 40th celebrations. Participation was free and everyone was encouraged to wear their national colours or carry flags or symbols.
The Olympic Day 5k, sponsored by the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, is one of the highlights of Cayman’s annual running calendar. Prior to 2013 the 3.1 mile loop course had always begun on Aspiration Drive and finished back at the Truman Bodden Sports Centre.
The route was a challenge as the road is constantly changing around Public Beach. Organiser Derek Larner ran various routes multiple times to ensure the distance was accurate and that it was the safest possible.
Corbin ran it in 17 minutes 01 seconds, followed by Evans Simiyu in 18:59. Samuel Young was third, eight seconds later and then came JP Hanekom (19:29) and Marius Acker (19:32).
Laura Knox was first female home, 13th overall in 21:51, way ahead of the second placed woman, Kerryann Simpson (26:05). A total of 170 finished, including track association president Dalton Watler.
Corbin said: “It felt good, I was curious to see how the long break had affected me. With no exercise, lots of bad food and drinking with Anglia Ruskin Old Boys. I was expecting to run it in around 19 minutes, so I’m pleased with my time, despite getting lost at the start.
“Running in the 5pm Cayman heat is tough. Just walking around in that temperature drains you. I’m sure the heat affected everyone running.
“I did get confused at the turning onto Esterley Tibbetts and started to run the wrong way before I was helped out.
“Public Beach has completely changed in the last couple of months and it was the first time I had seen and used the new roads. But the race marshals where well organised and with their help I navigated the course fine.”