Saunders recovers in time for half marathon target

Jason Saunders is back after a year out injured and the middle distance runner is determined to win the Cayman half marathon again. 

Saunders won the Credit Union 5K on Saturday in 18 minutes, 17 seconds, four seconds ahead of teenager Victor Magalhaes, who runs with the MDR club. 

“It’s a victory, so I am satisfied,” Saunders said. He is not fully recovered but plans to race over the next couple of months in preparation for the half marathon on Dec. 6. 

The 39-year-old gardener used to run half marathons for Jamaica and believes he can take the 13.1 mile title, which he won in 2011. 

Unperturbed by the emergence of the MDR youngsters who are maturing fast, Saunders is confident he can continue beating them “just until they are mature enough to take over.” In the meantime, he is grateful to have recovered enough to be racing again. “I thank God to be back.” 

The Credit Union run was well attended with 185 starters. The fastest Credit Union male was Kevin Connolly (20:30) and female was Lilly Bodden (29:30). Fastest civil servant male was Dave Stock (21:08) and female Jessica Jackson (23:22). 

Jason Saunders
Jason Saunders used to run for Jamaica. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

Victor Magalhaes

Victor Magalhaes is improving with every race.