Williams enjoys health benefits since discovering running

Paul Williams has become a regular on the running scene since first entering races a few years ago. He is also giving back to the community, having helped organize the inaugural Pines 5K run/walk earlier this year. 

Williams enjoys staying fit while making a contribution to the community, which is why he is helping organize another Pines run next year. 

Organizing the 2015 Pines run was his most pleasing achievement to date. “It was a success and the support was tremendous,” he said. 

“We received donations from a lot of companies who were so willing to help and raised $3,000.” 

Williams claims to no longer have any sporting ambitions. “Honestly, I am quite happy with what I have achieved so far,” he said. 

“It’s beyond what I ever aspired to obtain when I first starting running. I just wanted to get healthy and I wanted to compete to win. Presently, I have 14 trophies and 12 medals.” 

He did track in high school in Jamaica, but was not as competitive nor as dedicated as now. “It was only three years ago I took an interest in running and it just blossomed.” 

The 53-year-old construction worker specializes in painting and masonry. 

Locally, he is inspired by another masters runner, Derek Haines, and his professional heroes are Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell. Williams enjoys the Cayman sporting scene but feels some facilities “need a bit more development.” 

He would like to see an upgrading of the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and more training programs for teens and kids. 

“After upgrading the sports complex and building a better stadium, invite other countries to participate in regular sporting events,” he said. “Or even provide the facilities to be a host for major sporting events in the Caribbean.” 

If Williams could be a sporting champion, the marathon would be his choice. “That’s my passion and strongest point. It’s an event that teaches you to be persistent and endure to the end.” 

Paul Williams (68) is a regular on the running circuit now. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD