Pirate pulled out a Hell of a run

The Pirates Week Jerry Harper 10K Run is a challenging one but typically attracts more than 150 runners locally and internationally.  

It is organized by the Phoenix Athletic Club and named after the founder, Jerry Harper, who is still very much in control of this event. 

In last week’s race, participants were forced to make a different approach than in previous years, but they still made it to Hell and back on the final day of Pirates Week. 

The route started at Consolidated Water Company on Esterley Tibbetts Highway, running toward West Bay and Town Hall Road. Turnaround was at the Devil’s Hangout and the finish at Surfside Beach Resort, West Bay Road.  

Although not a member of the Seafair Pirates, Kevin Guiberson flew in from Seattle and captured first place in 37 minutes 48 seconds.  

Greg Meaker was runner-up in 38:06, with Derek Larner posting 39:40 for third.  

Tiffany Cole was the youngest female starter and proved to be the swiftest among the ladies, crossing the line in 12th place overall at 43:18. Cole also won a 10K race last weekend, so is in fine form.  

Next across the line was Laura Knox in 43:24. Justine Plenkiewicz checked in as third female at 46:18. 

Male age group winners included Tahj Lewis, Samuel Young, Johan Heath, Sean Killeen, Eamon McEarlon and Chris Sutton. Female leaders besides Cole were Julia Storrer, Martene Fitzgerald, Joanna Mansi, Laurie Copeland and Shelley Major.  

Friendly invaders were noted from such points as New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Manitoba and British Columbia. 

Random prizes from various businesses were awarded to winners. Prizes included excursions on land, on and under the water, and in the air.  

Some runners were presented with certificates for dining and others won Pirates Gold, 7 Fathoms Rum and rum cakes. Other theme-related presentations included items from Guy Harvey, SportsPort and the Church Mice. 

The buffet breakfast received thumbs up and sponsor KRyS-Global was roundly applauded. Appreciation to all volunteers was expressed by the Phoenix Athletic Club. 

The route started at Consolidated Water Company on Esterley Tibbetts Highway, running toward West Bay and Town Hall Road. Turnaround was at the Devil’s Hangout and the finish at Surfside Beach Resort, West Bay Road.  

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Tiffany Cole was the fastest female.

Derek-Larner-Cayman-Islands

Derek Larner ran another great race. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Greg Meaker was the fastest local home.

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Eamon McEarlon won his division.
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