The “To Hell and Back” 10K Run attracted 128 runners to close out the Pirates Week sports calendar.
Residents came out in force to tackle a challenging course designed by race founder Jerry Harper and his assistants with Phoenix Athletic Club. Runners across all age groups started out from Indies Suites in Raleigh Quay and raced down West Bay Road into West Bay, traveling down Town Hall Road and Hell Road, before reaching the turnaround point at Devil’s Hangout. Participants then looped back to West Bay Road before finishing the 10-kilometer race at Calico Jack’s.
A number of runners would end up claiming bragging rights. Dominic Dyer was the overall race winner in a time of 37 minutes and 42 seconds, claiming the Under-19 category crown ahead of overall runner-up Tahj Lewis and his time of 38:36. Will Edwards was third in the youth ranks and seventh overall in a time of 41:29. Tiffany Cole was the top U-19 female finisher with a time of 47:02.03 – good for 23rd overall. Kiara McLaughlin was second at 53:44 and Marlena Williams was third at 1:09:36.
Samuel Young won the men’s 19-39 segment in 39:16 and finished third overall. Benjamin Wuethrich was second – and sixth overall – at 40:48 and D.J. Evans was third with a mark of 41:56 that put him eighth overall. Rozlyn Glanfield claimed the women’s crown in 47:44, Jo Clarke was second at 48:28 and Rebecca Wall was third at 48:41.
Derek Larner topped the men’s 40 and over section in 39:44, good for fourth overall. Tom Gammage was right behind him in 40:30, finishing fifth overall. Bill Edwards was third in 45:25. Joanna Mansi topped the women’s section, placed 10th overall and was the first female finisher in a time of 42:17. Imelda Clarke was second in 44:16 and Polly Brown was third in 52:02.
The majority of the runners expressed their satisfaction with the overall organization of the event. Most of the runners went into the 10K using various levels of training, with Mansi crediting a varied and interesting regimen.
“I train at CrossFit 7 Mile – my amazing coaches are Chris Spigner and Latin America champion Wanda Brenton,” Mansi said. “It is thanks to their programming and expert coaching that I am increasing my speed and fitness. I also attend the Cayman Free Runners boot camp at Camana Bay, which is a program put together by legendary ultra distance runner James Murray – we run up the (Observation) Tower. I also have started attending the Wednesday Night Running Club. Just wanted to make sure credit was given where it was due to the people who have helped me on my journey!”