More than 180 signed on for the Fidelity Fun Run’s second race in the three-race series, on Walkers Road on Saturday.
Runners love this series is because it marks the beginning of a fresh season after a summer break and provides the motivation needed as athletes want to improve their times each week.
Dominic Dyer had won unchallenged in 10 minutes, 33 seconds the previous week and was a little disappointed that he had not improved from last year.
This time, Dyer went off from the start with the full intention of running away from the rest and concentrated on a pace that would get him closer to 10 minutes.
Coming on to Denham Thompson Way, he held his pace to come over the line in 10:10, an impressive time that gives Dyer the motivation to try to get under the 10-minute barrier. Only Marius Acker and Dave Walker have achieved this feat in the Fidelity series in an epic battle a few years ago.
Behind Dyer, three athletes battled for the second spot as they emerged together from South Sound Road to Denham Thomson Way. William Edwards, Andrew Keast and Delano Callender (second, third and fourth last week) were really working hard not only to beat each other, but also wanted better times.
They all improved their time, but again it was Edwards who held it together to pull away as the group approached the line. He took second place, knocking 10 seconds off last week’s time, finishing in 10:47.
Callender ran 32 seconds quicker in 10:50 and managed to out-sprint veteran marathoner Keast.
Keast took nine seconds off his time and came over the line in 10:54. Fifth and sixth places were reversed from the previous week, with Victor Magalhaes (11:24 and 19 seconds quicker) ahead of Tobias “Machine” Muchene (11:30 and six seconds quicker).
Other impressive runs came from Jordan McLean (11:50) and Sherlock Brooks (11:53), both of whom broke the 12-minute barrier.
In the women’s race, again it was Joanna Mansi who won unchallenged in 12:15.7 (12 seconds faster). Molly Kehoe, just 11 years old, romped home in second in 14:01.4 (more than a minute quicker).
Judy Rivers was the third female home in 14:43.9, closely followed by Jaki Day (14:48.7) and Marlena Williams (14:57.9).
Greg Meaker headed the dog race with 11:29, and Richard Harrison won the pram race in 15:04.