Stride gave chance for super-fit to stretch out too

Serious athletes seized the opportunity at the Stride Against Cancer event at Public Beach to get in a decent workout by completing a 13.1-mile half-marathon.

The majority of those who turned up were content to walk, push their strollers and lead their dogs or run the 10K at a leisurely pace.

There were also some great water stops along the way, the classiest being The Ritz-Carlton, which literally rolled out the red carpet for the occasion.

The half-marathon runners were generally seasoned athletes who enjoy the competitive aspect of road racing and entered not only to support the Cancer Society, but also as an alternative to their typical weekend long run.

It was won by Chadwick Webster, who has not competed here since he ran the 2013 marathon.

Webster’s last race was in New York last May at the Buffalo Marathon when, in fantastic shape, his time of 2 hours, 42 minutes would have got him first or second in any of the Cayman marathons ever staged.

But a muscle injury to the knee in training kept him away until now. Webster won Stride in 1 hour, 26 minutes, Tobias Muchene was second in 1 hour, 29 minutes. Joanna Mansi was the fastest woman in 1 hour 35 minutes. All three will be in teams in the Cross Island Relay this Sunday.

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