The Fidelity Fun Run series always attracts a big crowd and Sunday’s first run as no exception, with 259 participants turning out.
Elite runners, walkers, strollers and dog owners converged beside John Gray High School on Walkers Road and made their way to South Church Street before finishing the two-mile course on Denham Thompson Way.
Despite the blazing heat, there were plenty of fast times with 74 finishing inside 15 minutes, and another 20 under 16 minutes.
Last year’s champ and Cayman’s king of short road runs Dominic Corbin breezed home first in 10 minutes, 16 seconds.
Jason Saunders (10:46) was second and Hayden Isbister (11:07) third. Chadwick Webster (11:09) was marginally behind him, then came Derek Larner (11:22) and Tahj Lewis (11:51).
Laura Knox-Clingman was first female home in 12:41. She ran with Julie-Anne Pearson, who was one second behind.
Other fast women included Joanna Mansi (12:59), Tiffany Cole (13:17), Julia Storrer (13:18) and Leslie-Ann Daley (13:26).
Greg Meaker ran with his dog in a speedy 13:11, and Nchane Jere was the fastest stroller in 14:39.
Corbin enjoyed his win, but not the blistering sunshine. “The heat always makes the runs harder, but I feel I’ve acclimatized to the temperature now and thankfully it was a short run,” he said.
People have suggested it should start at 7 a.m. and Corbin would welcome that. “The earlier the better,” he said.
Saunders was 30 seconds behind Corbin, so did not test him. “Not this year, he’s stronger at the longer distances like 10K and half marathons. It’ll be a close race in the coming 10Ks,” said Corbin.
Corbin enjoyed the atmosphere created by the huge numbers. “Fidelity always has a great turn out so I wasn’t too surprised. There haven’t been many runs the last couple of months, so a two-mile run is a great warm up for the upcoming 5Ks and marathons,” he said.
He added, “I’d like to see a fast newcomer on the island. Everyone needs close competition to push themselves, otherwise it can become boring. But there is still another two weeks left and you never know who may show up.”
In training for the Cayman Islands half marathon on Dec. 1, Corbin did a training run before the Fidelity event. “I’ll always do a warm-up before a competitive run, roughly 3-4 miles easy with some stretches.”
The second of the three Fidelity Fun Runs is this Saturday Sept. 14 at 7:30 a.m. from the same place. Registration is from 6:30 a.m.
Finish times for all individuals, as well as the names of overall leaders and leaders in various divisions will be posted on www.caymanactive.com as they are compiled.