Creasey feels like doing Irish jig

Ben Creasey has been in Cayman only a couple of months but is already a sporting champ, having won the Irish Jog 5K on Tuesday.

Confident of victory before the race, nevertheless, he didn’t take anything for granted and was pleased that it turned out as planned.

Creasey said the run around Britannia golf course was “fantastic and a great course with nice scenery.” He was also impressed with the “massive turnout” for the jog and how well it was organized.

He won in 18 minutes, 29 seconds, well ahead of Conrad Proud. Joanna Mansi was the fastest female and Kym Bailey the second fastest.

A record 1,300 people turned out at the golf course for the 23rd staging of the event. It was again sponsored by Butterfield and Grand Cayman Beach Suites. Money raised will go to the Special Olympics athletes competing at the World Summer Games in Los Angeles in July. A contingent of around 50 Special Olympics representatives and athletes entered.

A 26-year-old accountant with KPMG, Creasey arrived here from his Guernsey homeland with a long list of triathlon accomplishments, including an Olympic best of 2 hours, 3 minutes. His next intention is to finish under two hours.

“My ultimate ambition is to continue representing Guernsey and if that can take me to the Commonwealth Games, that would be wonderful,” he said. He has also been selected for a Great Britain triathlon team.

Many triathletes and super-fit weekend warriors like to enter the Genesis Duathlon, which is on April 19 at its usual spot, Grand Harbour.

It involves two 2-mile runs with a 12-mile bike sandwiched in between. Marius Acker has won it multiple times and hopes to regain the title from last year’s winner Pedro Lopez Ramos, but Acker believes that Creasey is the man to beat.

Acker is fully aware of Creasey’s ability because he ran the day’s fastest legs at both the Cross Island Relay and Off The Beaten Track.

If David Lim, recent winner of Off The Beaten Track for a second year, enters, it will be a fascinating contest.

“There will be some good people in it who I haven’t raced yet, so I’ll just go in there and aim for personal bests and race the best I can,” Creasey said.

He added that he has never met Acker but heard a lot about him and looks forward to racing him and possibly training with the veteran South African as well.

Acker jogged around this course, as did many serious athletes who primarily use this event as a training run or just to support a great event and contribute to the recipient charity.

Once he settles in properly, Creasey looks forward to pursuing water sports like sailing and windsurfing, as well as the triathlon disciplines. “This is a fantastic scene,” he said.

CrossFit 7 Mile had a strong presence with gym owners Carl and Wanda Brenton entering many members. Other runners included Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and sports minister Osbourne Bodden.

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Ben Creasey (739) led from the start and won the Irish Jog comfortably. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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The Special Olympics contingent had a good turn out.
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