There is a new annual event for sporty people to get involved with which also supports a worthy cause – Life Style Sports Run in the Dark.
The inaugural staging of the 5K run was from the waterfront in downtown George Town on Wednesday night.
At 8 p.m. more than 50 people started out to help raise money for the Mark Pollock Trust, a charity devoted to finding a cure for paralysis and spinal cord injury.
Entrants wore flashing arm bands and went around the loop course three times to complete it, and in addition to elite athletes and walkers, one solitary dog also participated.
Pollock, 39, is a blind Irishman who is an adventurer and motivational speaker. He is based in Dublin and was once able-bodied. On the eve of his wedding five years ago, Pollock fell from an upstairs window and suffered paralysis as a result.
The Run in the Dark happens globally on the second Wednesday of November, mainly in towns and cities in the United Kingdom, with pop-up participation in various places, starting in Australia and moving across time zones around the world, always commencing at 8 p.m. More than 9,000 people attended the Dublin event.
Cayman’s top three finishers were Phill Thompson, coming in at 19 minutes, 30 seconds, Neil Randell in 19:39 and top female finisher and third place overall, Jayme Farrel in 21:27.
Paul Burke (21:33) was fourth, fifth was Mark Hall (21:35) and Kim Eckart (21:39) was sixth.
Hannah Foreman, Cayman’s organizer, thanked all the participants, volunteers and sponsors.
After the race, runners reunited upstairs at Margaritaville to raise a toast to Mark Pollock. There was also a raffle with a selection of prizes.
For more information, visit www.runinthedark.org.