Christopher Thompson has set a new record for half marathons in Cayman.
Thompson came through first Sunday morning in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon to crush the previous Cayman half marathon record of 1:15:49 to carve a new benchmark time of 1:07:47 seconds.
Brooklyn New York’s own Leigh Sharek took first for the female half marathon. Organisers said Sharek was just one of over 300 visitors competing in the 17th annual race. Intertrust four-time full marathon champ Steve Speirs was looking to capture his fifth title, but Phil Reed put those plans to rest after finishing with a time of 2:57:50 capturing the gold, while Speirs came in at 3:01:31 to take second.
“The first 20 miles, I was running with Steve Speirs and we were kind of having a chat, so the miles went by fast, I’ve run up and down that South Sound Road for 10 years now so I’m very familiar with the route” said Reed.
The women’s full marathon saw Lindy-Lee Folscher push to the finish line on an empty tank to win with a time of 3:15:05. It was a win that edged Beth Florek, who shadowed Folscher’s time at 3:15:21, for silver.
“I ran the first half really nicely at my pace, but after that I had nothing left in the tank. I needed to cool down,” said Folscher. Folscher came down from the UK where the weather is considerably colder than Grand Cayman. “I really suffered the last 14K, I just had to keep talking to myself, to keep it together because the second lady was closing in on me and I kept saying to myself let’s finish what we started. I’ve been in the UK for the last four years so obviously I have adapted to the weather, so I suffered a little bit with the humidity, but I’ll be back again to do it again,” said Folscher.
Family, friends, colleagues and tourists were out cheering those competing. Organisers said a total of 1270 people participated this year, that’s 80 people short of last year.