The Cayman running scene is buzzing with the news that Chadwick Webster ran an amazingly fast Buffalo Marathon last week.
Webster completed the 26.2 mile course in upstate New York in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 24 seconds, which would be good enough to put him in the top three – and possibly win – at the Cayman Islands Marathon in December.
More than 6,700 runners competed, so for Webster to come 12th and fastest in his age group (35-39) is an enormous achievement.
The 39-year-old Caymanian was only beaten by more seasoned runners, many of whom originate from Kenya and Ethiopia, countries that are world renowned for churning out super middle and long-distance runners.
In fact, the winner was Kenyan Kiplangat Tisia, who now lives in Rochester in 2:17:16.
“The race was good for me, it was my first big race in the United States,” Webster said. “It was windy and an uphill and downhill course but conditions were cool which was good.”
It was his personal best by a long way, but he was actually hoping to do a 2:40 as designed by his coach Karl Strutelberg.
His previous best of 3:05:46 came in the 2013 Cayman Marathon.
Webster is now looking forward to recovering and hoping to do another in July.
He has not been running in Cayman much recently and is looking to run abroad more, where he can afford.
A tour driver for Webster’s, owned by his cousin Kenrick, Chadwick is appreciative of his encouragement.
“I just love to run,” he said. “It helps to occupy myself and frame me away from trouble and also keeps me physically active.”
A late starter to running, Webster did not enter a serious race until four years ago, although he knew from childhood that he had an innate ability to do well in the sport. There is lots of opportunity and motivation now to be seriously involved in sports but between the ages of 10 and 12 he feels adults discouraged him.
Webster is certainly making up for lost time and admits, “I’m hoping to do well in the Cayman Marathon, of course, but only Father Jehovah knows how well I will do.”
He obviously gleans plenty of satisfaction from his exploits.
“A lot of those I met during the beginning of my running hobby aged 35 said I was too old and other stuff but it’s never too late to be fit and enjoy what you love and I’ve always loved to run since I was a kid.”