Another Fidelity Fun Run Series wrapped up on Saturday and, although the minor placings moved around a little, there was no doubting who the champion would be for the second successive year.
The popularity of this series is reflected by that fact that there were more than 200 finishers on each occasion, with a total of 340 people participating over the entire series.
For the third successive week, the two-mile run started from the John Gray High School on Walkers Road, looped around South Church Street and finished on Denham Thompson Way.
Dominic Corbin completed his second successive hat-trick, coming in way ahead of Jason Saunders, who finished second all three times, and Hayden Isbister, who finished third overall.
Laura Knox was the fastest woman, Joanna Mansi second, and Julia Storrer third.
The pram category was won by Marlon Crowe Sr. with Nchane Jere second, and Jason Windsor and his brood third.
The pet division was won by Melanie Johnson. Rodger Yeomans was second and Greg Meaker third.
Corbin won his last race in 10 minutes, 09 seconds, never achieving the sub-10 he desperately wanted, but at least he had the satisfaction of being champion again.
“I feel relieved,” Corbin said. “Going into a race as the favorite, there is some pressure to win. So I’m glad to have won and beat last year’s time.
“I’m a competitive person and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t frustrated at not running sub-10. Maybe next year.”
Corbin will be in most of the local 5k events as preparation for the half marathon on Dec. 1. He hopes to run sub-17 minutes in all his 5ks.
The best he has placed in the half marathon is third and he is looking for that elusive win this time.
“It always feels great to win the Fidelity runs. The satisfaction isn’t as great as last year when each race was so close against Marius Acker and I had to push hard to win.
“I’m very disappointed at not running a sub-10 minute, I know I’m capable as I felt fine when crossing the line, but I didn’t perform to my best on the day.
“All three races were well organized and I can’t imagine the time taken to time everyone each week, add all the different scores together and find the top three from each age category. Kudos to the organizers. “My only recommendation for next year is a countdown at the start instead of a whistle.”
All participants in the Fidelity Fun Run Series 2013 who did not receive event shirts at the final run may collect them at the reception desk on the second floor of the Fidelity Group offices on Dr. Roy’s Drive no later than Friday Oct. 4, organizers said. Cadet Corps shirts will be collected by a representative of that organization and distributed to members.
Jennifer Pratt of the Fidelity Group said the sponsors were satisfied with the latest series and thanked all participants, volunteers and officials. She distributed the trophies to award winners. Fidelity also distributed goodie bags to all participants.
Individual times for week 3 finishers will be posted on www.caymanactive.com.