Dominic Corbin’s health woes may stifle his holiday success.
After defending his Pirates Week 5K crown, the 23-year-old Brit admits his participation in the upcoming Pirates Week Jerry Harper 10K Run is iffy and he is not in optimum shape for the 2013 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon.
“I’ll be taking it easy from now, less running and more work at Anytime Fitness, just letting my knees recover,” Corbin said. “If I’m feeling fit this weekend, I’ll be sure to race the 10K. Mentally I’m feeling good but physically not great. I’ve been working with Tenson from Chrissie Tomlinson to speed up my recovery, so I’m sure I’ll be ok for the marathon.”
Corbin would beat out over 150 runners at the Pirates Week 5K, which kicked off the sporting events for Cayman’s national festival. Tiffany Cole, 17, was the first woman finisher and a number of notable runners took part, including Derek Larner, Kevin Connolly and Tom Gammage.
Corbin said he was not happy with his performance.
“I wasn’t happy with my performance in the 5K, a lot slower than last year which must be my body telling me to ease up as I feel fitter and faster than last year.”
The Jerry Harper run, sponsored by KRyS Global, takes place on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 a.m. Organized by the Phoenix Athletic Club and named after the founder, Jerry Harper, who is still very much in control of this event, the race traditionally starts on West Bay Road, with the course running into Hell Road in West Bay before looping back.
This year will see a new route as the start will be on the Esterley Tibbetts highway, near Consolidated Water. The turnaround will be at the Devil’s Hangout with the finish at Surfside Beach. As usual, breakfast will be served to all participants and awards will be distributed at Surfside.
Performance awards will be presented to the first three male and female finishers overall and the first finishers in the Under-20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+ age groups. A large number of random and theme-related prizes will also be distributed.
Last year, 181 runners and walkers took part with Marius Acker winning and setting a new course record of 34 minutes, 19 seconds. The first female finisher was Sara Ellis, who successfully defended her 2011 title with a time of 40:16.
For the record, the marathon usually more than 350 overseas runners and is scheduled for Dec. 1.