Seems a few teams had swapped the order of runners from registration so if your name is on the wrong leg, please let me know and we can correct the results. Muppets!
Wow! What a course, and what a day this has been!
This was without any doubt THE hardest OTBT course there has been since the inaugural race 9 years ago. This was thanks to the time on the ground and hours of map study by Marcelo Magalhaes, Scott Ruby, Ronan O'Keeffe, Theo Kelly and Olivia Shanks who I believe were competing against each other to provide the most difficult course. I'm not sure who won (and lost a few mates); I will let the runners be the judge!
Off the Beaten Track would not be the same without our route unintentionally upsetting some property owners. Although we try hard in the course design to contact property owners when we believe we might be trespassing on property it is extremely difficult to contact everyone; everyone involved is doing so voluntarily to put on this event, which at the end of the day has the main objective to help raise thousands of dollars for local charities. Listening to one property owner, he said he believed one runner from last year had left his farm gate open which could have had his cattle escape and is a perfectly legitimate concern and the gentleman has my sympathy. I sincerely hope it was not one of our runners and looking at last year’s OTBT route, the route that went in a cow field was manned by a volunteer throughout the race so perhaps he was referring to another field that was not on the official course. Anyhow, I apologised and advised we would reroute our course. Apologies to those who had to run an extra few miles on leg 4, but I had to make a quick decision and the only logical solution was to redirect to the East-West Arterial. These things happen, and I am sure you are all hardened as a result of the experience – always try to find the positive!
Leg 1 - The course this year started near Tikki Beach with runners heading down the sandy beach into the darkness for a couple of miles before turning on to more solid footing to West Bay Road, via a dusty trail to Esterley Tibbitts Bypass, turning into the ‘Swamp’ (and it lived up to its name) with mud, bush, walking the plank and spiders webs to contend with before ending up on Ebony Lane off Eastern Avenue. With it being a beach run for most of the way, it was no surprise to me that Dashing Thru the Sand winner Tiffany Cole (345AC – Tower Rangers) was first home, just ahead of Abraham Whitaker (345AC – EFG Bank) who lost his footing and took a little knock as he was in first place at the time and eased home for second. Neal Ainscow (Mourant Ozannes) was seconds behind for third. Meanwhile the solo race was being led by Esmond Brown some 7 minutes ahead of nearest rival Geoff Cornwall, with Enrico Carmassi close behind in third. The three ladies competing this year were all very close together and clearly pacing themselves for the threat to come.
Leg 2 – this route saw runners through Rock Hole, Harbour Drive to South Church Street, some Iron Shore, some bush, a bit of Winsor Park and finishing on South Sound dock – designed to test one’s navigational skills. The experienced Chadwick Webster not only ran the quickest leg 2 of the day, but moved 'Mourant Ozannes' into the lead. Tommy Kehoe of '345AC – EFG Bank' ran a solid leg to keep his team in contention, whilst Phill Thompson of 'WNRC – None Starters' and Marlon Crowe of 'FlashyNation Sprint Team' ran well to stay up front. Molly Kehoe was next for '345AC Tower Rangers' keeping the first place for an all-female team. The fastest female leg 2 runner was Nadine Gray (It Nearly Didn’t Happen). Of the solo runners it was still Esmond Brown who was way in front with Dan Kelly and Phil Reed moving into the next two spots, whilst Natalie Mallinson had started to edge ahead of Kerri Kanuga and Karina McDermot in the ladies race.
Leg 3 – Bored yet? I thought as much! This leg was less challenging to some with others hating the beach section adjacent to Old Prospect Road. Into Prospect and ending up at the end of Windswept Drive. By the half-way stage it would take someone getting lost for 'Mourant Ozannes' to lose top spot as Hayden Isbister ran a stormer of a leg to create a huge gap between first and the next best. Will Edwards [a replacement for Juan Pablo Valerio who ended up overnight in hospital after a track race the night before – we wish you a speedy recover Pabbers] who had not had any time to study the map and certainly had not checked the route struggled with his directions and although he lost a few minutes, he did keep his team '345AC – EFG Bank' in second spot. Stuart Bray also ran a quick leg moving his team 'FN Sprint' into third spot, whilst in the solo run, Phil and Dan had closed the gap on Esmond who was now probably wishing he had started a bit slower. Natalie had put 20 minutes between her and her two rivals. The fastest ladies leg of the day was Olivia [what! The course designer?], although in fairness she had just ran leg 1, hot-footed to leg 3 to run again.
Leg 4 – this got interesting as we were forced to make the last minute change. The relay runners might have brushed it off but I really felt for the solo runners who ended up adding probably another 4 miles on what was already a long day in the office. However, we adapt and overcome adversity, a little change of route would not spoil the day so onwards and upwards we go. So instead of cutting across the trail that would eventually lead to Hirst Road, we took the more scenic route, via Poindexter Road and the East-West Arterial. Matt Volkwyn kept going for 'Mourants' and increased the lead, whilst this change in leg 4 completely changed the order of the other teams who go lost and were all over the place. Warren Keens was the best able to adapt it seems moving his team 'InterTrust' into the second spot. The '345AC – Brown Rudnick' runner Charles Sokohl moved his team into the top three. Jennifer Coleman was also a quick leg runner for ‘Watch Our Heels’.
In the solo run, with Esmond withdrawing it was Phil and Dan running together with the latter [a visitor from the USA] using Google maps to help navigate the way. Whilst Natalie was well ahead in the ladies race.
Leg 5 – back on route cutting through to Shamrock Road, turn on Poindexter back through Prospect and eventually finishing at the far end of Grand Harbour. With 'Mourants' having such a lead Marius Acker was more than happy to run an easy leg knowing he could not be caught. Toby Bowles of WNRC None Starters was fastest with Matt Volkwyn running a second leg also next quickest but this time for 'FN Sprint'. Ava Hider was quickest female ensuring that the '345AC Tower Rangers' stayed ahead of the all-female teams.
Ultra-distance runners often run in pairs as having company makes competing grueling miles more bearable. Dan and Phil had ran together for most of the route [probably because only one of them had Google maps] and stayed together had planned to run the finish-line together. Natalie on the other hand had teamed up with anyone who just happened to be passing as she knew she was leading the ladies race and by now probably couldn’t wait to see the finishline.
Leg 6 – the last bit was a very difficult leg, considering it was in the heat of day and had more off-road sections than any other leg. Cutting all the way from Linford Pierson By-pass through to South Sound must have been one of the toughest sections of the entire course and that was only the first part. It continued through another three sections of bush before eventually finishing at Smith Cover. Brad Scott (38:45) of 'Ogier Global Originals', which seems particularly fast when compared to Patrick Harfield (42:31) who is quite possibly the fastest 10k runner in Cayman at the moment. We will give you the benefit of the doubt Brad as it does not affect the overall results, but…. I think you might have missed a portion of this leg is my gut feeling.
However, there are no prizes for quick legs so at the finishline we are more concerned about who made the grade. Of course 'Mourant Ozannes' team (Neal Ainscow, Chadwick Webster, Hayden Isbister, Matt Volkwyn, Marius Acker and Patrick Harfield) was easily the best team of the day and were totally unchallenged by the end of leg 2. 'FlashyNation Sprint team' (Michael "Red" Ford, Marlon Crowe, Stuart Bray, Kendall Ebanks, Matt Volkwyn and Conrad Proud) had moved into second place and 'WNRC None Starters' (Matthew Yates, Phill Thompson, Tom Cowling, Nick Yale, Toby Bowles and Ben Strangeway) were very close behind in third. The youngsters of '345AC – Brown Rudnick' (Josh Weaver, Adam Godfrey, Oisin McGough, Charles Sokohl and Pierre Sokohl ) were fourth and the '345AC – EFG Bank' (Abraham Whittaker, Tommy Kehoe, Will Edwards, Fabian McCallum, Rowan McLean and Alex Logvinov) team fifth place.
In the All-Female div it was '345AC Tower Rangers' (Tiffany Cole, Molly Kehoe, Ava Hider, Kiara McLaughlin, Mikaeyla Dacres and Kira Rabess) leading the way with 'F45 Trailblaizer' (Olivia Shanks, Gill Gordon, Breda Meehan, Amy Dyer, Jana Conradie and Evelyn Ritch) second. The Mixed div saw 'InterTrust' (Jaco Smit, Vikram Dookhy, Brian Eden, Warren Keens, Charlotte Cloete and Ben White) win the day and the to Corporate team was 'MUFG NAV Ninjas' (Kevin Huys, James Murray, Alan Kenedy, Jason Windsor, Paul Skinner and Leo Kassam).
The solo run was eventually decided on the last leg when Dan seemed to pull something and told his buddy Phil to proceed without him. Phil duly obliged and won the race in 5:36:00 with Dan following behind just over 4 minutes later. Geofff Cornwall was third and Natalie Mallinson was fourth overall and of course the fastest female of the day. Kerri and Karina ran home together for second and third place.
A massive thanks to all those property owners that allowed runners to run through your land and apologies to anyone who may have been offended by runners traipsing through ones property. The big winners of this event are the 'Academy' and the 'Cayman National Cultural Foundation'.
As always, huge pat on the back to the major sponsors KRyS Global, Island Heritage, Tower Marketing and Brown Rudnick. Thanks also to supporting sponsors Solomon Harris, Campbells, Mourant Ozannes, Ritch & Conolly, Cricket Square, CayBrew, Derek Marshall [entertainment]. Thanks to Bordens for providing the food, the timing volunteers at each checkpoint and the water stops. The Cayman Island Cadet Corps continue to provide safety marshals and you would have seen them on route.
We sincerely hope you enjoyed the day and help us to improve this event for future years to come. Scroll down for legs timings.
|OTBT 50km Individual Results|
|Place||Bib||Name||Time||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5||Leg 6|
|OTBT 2018 - Team Results|
|Place||Bib||Team||Time||Leg 1||Leg 2||Leg 3||Leg 4||Leg 5||Leg 6|
|2||57||Flashy Nation Sprint Team||4:51:49.06||40:34,5||43:02,5||37:36,9||1:24:08,2||39:11,9||47:14,9|
|3||58||Wnrc None Starters||4:52:43.71||39:11,5||43:14,4||42:20,4||1:20:43,0||38:35,2||48:38,9|
|4||32||345ac Brown Rudnick||5:04:38.68||38:50,3||45:29,7||43:19,0||1:17:42,0||46:24,5||52:52,9|
|5||45||345ac Efg Bank||5:05:17.72||34:22,5||42:06,5||43:02,3||1:27:03,0||44:05,9||54:37,4|
|6||4||Mufg Nav Ninjas||5:07:54.73||51:08,7||43:59,0||38:17,7||1:14:32,3||45:01,7||54:55,2|
|8||16||345ac Tower Rangers||5:34:22.74||34:03,8e||49:53,2e||47:45,7||1:40:35,0||44:01,2||58:03,5|
|13||60||Wnrc Scrambled Legs And Achin'||5:37:20.00||56:51,2||47:29,3||48:59,9||1:17:50,2||44:25,9||1:01:43,2|
|15||36||345ac Solomon Harris||5:40:19.81||48:43,0||49:36,9||43:49,3||1:28:36,4||43:18,4||1:06:15,5|
|17||61||Wnrc Miles To Martinis||5:41:32.71||44:15,5||54:57,7||45:14,1||1:27:10,8||46:27,6||1:03:26,8|
|18||41||Watch Our Heels||5:44:51.87||49:01,1||1:01:41,2||43:55,1||1:15:40,1||53:57,3||1:00:36,8|
|20||24||Kpmg Quads Of Fury||5:46:56.98||44:42,7||53:48,6||49:47,8||1:24:03,3||44:20,1||1:10:14,2|
|22||54||Flashy Nation Endurance Team||5:47:35.73||44:52,1||52:28,2||43:52,5||1:12:56,5||1:00:48,9||1:12:37,2|
|25||22||345ac Island Heritage 2||5:52:27.33||40:33,0||53:32,7||46:42,3||1:27:23,4||45:26,2||1:18:49,5|
|26||18||Girls In Limbo||5:54:41.42||48:19,0||50:06,3||46:36,4||1:30:08,9||53:03,4||1:06:27,0|
|27||46||Grant Thornton To Big To Fail||6:01:47.37||48:29,3e||56:19,3e||47:25,7||1:28:02,6||1:02:15,2||59:15,0|
|28||17||Kpmg Chafing The Dream||6:02:53.74||48:11,2||1:02:12,7||48:48,7||1:32:18,8||55:21,7||56:00,4|
|29||37||Wtf Where's The Finish||6:04:21.44||56:17,5||52:56,5||53:51,0||1:18:08,2||55:16,5||1:07:51,5|
|31||28||Pwc Old Man Runners||6:13:33.03||56:11,7||52:55,8||42:35,1||1:38:37,0||49:54,8||1:13:18,3|
|33||68||Marriott On The Move||6:14:52.05||49:21,2||1:06:13,8||42:04,1||1:13:08,6||1:05:44,0||1:18:20,2|
|35||6||Pizza Hut Trailblaizers||6:20:55.22||44:28,3||53:48,0||46:08,9||2:18:04,4||41:28,2||56:57,2|
|36||8||Kpmg Insurance Lost Runs||6:26:22.67||55:57,3e||50:37,4e||57:51,7||1:58:11,9||54:36,3||49:07,8|
|37||25||The Ritz-Carlton Lions # 1||6:27:16.86||56:17,4||58:27,6||44:36,5||1:25:11,0||1:22:59,6||59:44,5|
|38||63||It Nearly Didn't Happen||6:29:03.93||49:21,3e||45:16,3e||50:05,7||1:43:08,8||1:01:07,3||1:20:04,3|
|39||64||Dead On Arrival||6:37:17.35||44:34,1||1:03:17,4||1:03:21,7||1:51:26,2||59:30,4||55:07,4|
|40||26||The Ritz-Carlton Lions # 2||6:38:34.44||49:14,6||56:03,1||55:51,1||2:06:45,3||48:18,6||1:02:21,7|
|42||39||We Can Walk Faster||6:39:49.83||1:03:08,8||57:39,6||49:40,5||1:53:28,1||58:45,2||57:07,3|
|43||48||Cricket Square Sixes||6:40:25.39||56:56,3||1:06:17,0||1:04:37,4||1:35:50,6||55:39,4||1:01:04,4|
|44||12||Beaten Off The Track||6:54:10.58||56:21,8||57:08,5||52:33,6||1:58:42,4||54:18,9||1:15:05,1|
|47||44||Mourant Ozannes Corporate||6:56:21.36||51:17,5||1:01:50,2||1:02:47,0||1:47:21,7||45:54,2||1:27:10,5|
|49||11||Kpmg The Running Dead||7:04:40.56||1:03:18,5||59:06,9||52:32,8||1:50:18,7||54:25,6||1:24:57,8|
|50||7||Kpmg Mind The Gaap||7:05:13.02||1:04:16,6||1:10:32,4||46:39,5||1:41:01,3||1:14:27,4||1:08:15,5|
|51||29||Cops & Runners||7:08:49.25||55:37,8||53:56,6||1:01:12,5||2:00:18,8||1:12:46,7||1:04:56,7|
|53||31||345ac Island Heritage 1||7:15:17.83||48:48,0||47:04,3||55:47,9||2:13:01,1||1:21:34,7||1:09:01,6|
|55||27||It Outsource George Town||7:18:58.81||1:02:43,9||1:14:26,0||56:32,9||1:30:42,6||1:00:54,7||1:33:38,4|
|56||19||Purple Dragon Road Warriors||7:19:06.17||1:02:04,1||1:18:40,1||58:49,8||1:46:11,6||58:06,5||1:15:13,7|
|59||50||Ogier Global Originals||7:24:40.76||57:53,4||55:26,8||1:11:58,1||2:14:00,0||1:26:37,2||38:45,1|
|60||23||It Outsource Seven Mile||7:28:55.29||1:02:39,8||1:06:22,3||53:52,7||1:41:28,3||51:47,6||1:52:44,3|
|61||59||Pwc Off The Audit Track||7:31:47.12||38:11,4||1:14:37,5||54:08,9||2:00:52,0||51:11,7||1:52:45,4|
|64||10||Kpmg Accrual World||8:15:06.88||55:56,1||59:46,3||1:08:49,3||1:49:24,6||1:28:52,3||1:52:17,9|
|67||62||Water Authority Cayman||DNF||57:30,9||53:15,9||57:30,4||2:28:57,9||57:18,7||DNF|
|David Angel Lilley||52:55,8|
|Yen Yeo Wong||1:14:37,5|
|Van Zyl Fourie||43:17,4|
|Miryam Van Hamersveld||48:30,4|
|Ana Dos Santos||51:09,3|
|Ma Thersa Obispo||59:10,9|
|Pedro Felipe Da Silva||1:25:11,0|
|Marlie Du Toit||1:41:01,3|
|Eduardo Escobar Orbea||48:18,6|
|Jan Robinson Paderan||1:05:46,4|
The routes are now out - watch out for updates
WARNING - Leg 2 between Eastern Avenue and Mary Street (Diaz Lane) - Probably wise to ensure you check this route with a friend. One single female was approached this morning and was made to feel unsafe. We will ask the Cadet Corps to monitor this area on race day.
Please note the directions below for each relay Leg are to be used in conjunction with the maps, which can be found by clicking the respective weblink.
It is worth noting that we may have to make last minute changes to any leg as there might be objections raised between now and race day. With this in mind, all runners should check the maps again the day before race day to ensure they are aware of any changes.
Leg 1 – 7.2km The Beach leg
Route Starting near Tikki Beach head down the beach towards town.
A lovely long beach stretch – welcome to OTBT 2018
Come off beach between South Bay Beach Club and Tamarind Bay (Water stop in this location)
TR on West Bay Road
TL to Marbel Drive and follow trail to Bypass
TR on Esterley Tibbetts and TR at Church, through car park to the Swamp
Follow map and weave through to Eastern Avenue
TL on Eastern Avenue and finish leg on Ebony Lane
Leg 2 – 8.8km Race Caribbean Leg designed by Marcelo Magalhaes
Route Start Ebony Lane go down side of warehouse to open ground bearing right at the end and between houses
Follow around towards Diaz Lane and TL follow to end on to North Church Street
TL and head through town on Harbour Drive to South Church Street
TR through Don Fosters Dive centre and TL on to iron shore (you’ll love it)
TL before you reach Sunset and back on South Church Street and take a right
TL and dog leg around Point Four Street and TL again on Moxam Road
Cross Walkers Road (Water stop in this location) and cross over to trail that skirts John Grey High School
End of trail go left into the bush and follow flags to exit at Zeedah Cres and left on Coemer Dr
TR and cut through towards East Blvd, on to Apollo Link and Hawkins Drive
Weave around July Street and TR on to Oak Mill St to Border Dr.
Now get your bunky into the bush and enjoy the next few minutes until you almost exit near the old container
but instead TR towards the fields of Agape Church cutting across to Fairbanks Road
TL to Ithmar Circle, to Richmond Ct and follow the flags through the bush again until you exit on Vienna Circle
Almost there, TL on South Sound Road and finish at the Dock, Phew!!
Leg 3 – 7.5km Island Heritage Leg designed by Olivia Shanks
Route head up South Sound Road to Cayman Crossing and follow the trail that skirts the complex
On to Bel Air Drive and left again on South Church Street to Shamrock Road
TR on old road that leads to Old Prospect Point Road, same as the Cayman Marathon route and Cross Island Relay
Water stop along this road just before you turn on beach
TR at monument and onto the beach, TL and enjoy the difficult pebbly beach and come off just after Old Prospect Groves
TR and pass Lantern Point. TL at end and cross over the roundabout then TR on to Mangrove Ave
Easy so far? At the end, TR and come off road and follow map route to exit at Poindexter Rd
TL and TR to Windswept and follow to end
Leg 4 – 9.3km Tower Marketing Leg designed by Theo Kelly Jr
Route Head down trail and follow map to the clearing and cut across the lake and exit on Hirst Road then TL
TR across open ground onto Royal Palm Dr the TR to cross bridge and follow through to Water Street.
Follow to end the TR on Leeward Dr, TL on Southward Dr and TL again to Windswept Rd.
Water Stop - TR down dyke road and TR towards the farm and prepare yourself as this might get interesting
If you can read a map, or at least follow the signs then you will exit at Timerland Close. Follow the map through back to Hirst.
Onto East West Arterial to finish
Leg 5 – 7.7km KRyS Global Leg designed by Scott Ruby
Route cross the open ground and hit Doubletree Lane TR then TL on to Chime St
Head all the way down and TR onto Shamrock Road and TR on to Poindexter Road
50k runners don’t get confused as you were here a couple of legs ago
Run past the security hut and TR on Patricks Ave (Water Stop) then TL to Rosemary St and across at the end to open land
Look carefully as this land has been developed over the past year so things may look a bit different
Back in the bush and exit at Parrot Ave and TL on to Selkirk Dr
TR and cut through to the rear of Grand harbor and the Skate Park and run to to end of leg
Leg 6 – 9.5km Brown Rudnick Leg designed by Ronan O’Keeffe
Route head out and follow tree line until you find the gap through to Forest Lane
On to Legacy Dr to end and TR on to Crewe Road and pay attention to the map from here
TL on Ormonds Place (opposite Navis Cl) and follow through the bush leading to back of house on Canal Lane
Must stick to the lap as you cut around Windfern Cl and Alcan Lane and onto Linford Pierson Hwy at the new roundabout
Still paying attention I hope as you could get lost on this leg
TL on to Halifax Road and follow to end and run around a house (shown on the map as Campbells Welding) – now the challenge begins as you got some bush coming
Head South through the bush and follow through until you reach South Sound Road where you TR
TR up Vienna Circle and cut through to Ithmar circle (deja vu for the 50k runners) Water Stop on corner
TR on to Fairbanks Road and TL on trail after Agape Church
TL into the Bush near rusty container and follow through to Outpost St
TR up the banking (opposite Football field) that takes you to Leguinea Circle and follow out
TR and run past Truman Bodden Sports Complex
Almost there - take the trail around John Grey High School. at end TL on Walkers Road and watch for the TR into open area.
Follow through to Thompson Drive and finally TL to Smith Barcadere (Smith Cove) to finish Line
Feb 25, 2018
Road, Sandy beach, Off-Road, Grass