A high school teacher from Victoria, British Columbia, Karen Welwood, was the top female finisher in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon. She ran the 26.2 miles in 3 hours, 42 minutes and 41 seconds, taking sixth place overall.
Sarah Lewis, 36, of George Town was the second female to finish, in 4:01:13, for 11th place overall. Rebecca Wall, also from Cayman, took third for the women and 15th overall with a time of 4:03:32.
Ms. Welwood, 44, in an interview at the Sunday morning awards ceremony, said she had been to Cayman once before to visit her sister. “My sister was like, ‘Hey, there’s a marathon here, why don’t you come and run it?’” she said.
The last marathon she ran was about four years ago, Ms. Welwood said, but this was her 14th marathon. “I got into trail running and did some ultra-running for the last couple of years,” she said, referring to races that can cover 100 miles.
She said the challenge in this race was the climate – running through South Sound is a far cry from her home in British Columbia. “I am not used to the humidity, and it was really different for that.”
“In terms of marathons, it wasn’t my best time by any means,” she said. “The heat was the biggest factor. I was adjusting my goals as I was going,” she explained.
She did try to train for running in the relative heat of Cayman in December. “I run in cold and I wear a few layers to get used to being a little bit warmer. But it was a lot warmer than what I could have planned for.”
But there was one definite positive to running in Cayman: “I love the flatness of the course.
She said the experience of running the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon was unique for her. “I never started a marathon in the dark before.
“I like that for the first loop, it was dark and there were Christmas lights out. And for the second lap it was getting light, so it looked different.”