The change of venue for this year's Cayman Beer Mile had participants chugging and running back and forth from Calyco Jacks. With Race Caribbean providing the electronic chip timing it looked like 'Yours Truly' would not be defending the title and Beer Mile record, as you can't do both... can you!
For the uninitiated, the Beer Mile has participants chugging down a can of Beer, in this case CayBrew Light (thanks for their support) as fast as possible and when finished they have to prove it is empty by tipping the can upside down above their head before heading off on a quarter mile run, belching whilst running and still breathing is a difficult skill but one must master it to be able to get around quickly. The run was a simple out and back route with a turn around point heading back into the beer swigging transition area to pick up a second can of CayBrew's finest. The art here is to catch your breath sufficiently to be able to drink the next beer. The second beer is much harder to drink than the first beer as one is generally gasping for air after the first leg of the run.
Organiser of this event was Flashy Nation did an excellent job in over-measuring the course making sure it was very difficult for anyone to challenge the Beer Mile record of 7:40 from 2015; I am advised the average GPS watch measured the course almost quarter of a mile over distance, which is worth at least 90 seconds in my book. As the race is designed to have athletic types being challenged by those drinkers with a running problem, a longer course was surely more helpful for the athletes, so on behalf of all road runners, thanks Kendall.
Having too many runners at one time makes it difficult to manage an event where you have to ensure all participants actually drink all of the beer, so it was decided to split the individual runners in to three separate heats with places being decided on best times from the three runs. There was also a separate race for team runners. which was put on for all those light-weights who can only manage two beers and half a mile, in the case where there were teams of four..... well you do the math. Less said about that the better :)
And so it was at around 4:40pm, the first heat got under way with the likes of Robert Powell, Shaggy Thompson, Jenni Bradwell and Michael 'the Caveman' Testori setting the pace for others to follow. And what a pace the Caveman set from the very start destroying the field after the first lap and maintaining solid form for the rest of the way, winning comfortably in a time of 8 minutes 37.76 seconds; Not bad considering he has not drank a beer in anger for around three weeks. Had the course been accurate this would surely have broken the Beer Mile record. Just over a minute behind him was David Pursley and Darryn Monaghan. Decent runs from Jenni Bradwell and Emily Lecouteur proved the ladies can also knock beers back like champions.
Race 2 was a bit of a damp squib if I'm being honest. A line up of John Davies, Joel Porter, Anthony Parchment and Jeff Palleschi had one thinking there might be a serious challenge to the Caveman's earlier performance, but they were not in his league. To be fair, the first race was a tough act to follow, but no-one broke 10 minutes in race 2 so I will type no more about this race.
The next race was the Team event, which was generally two competitors although at least one team had four members... does that really count! However, participate they did and well done to team 'AA' who won in a time of 7 mins 8.71 seconds with team 'Anytime Fitness' a comfortable second place in 7 mins 31.03 seconds with Grunewald & Romer in third.
Going in to the final heat of the individual's races, things took a new twist with Jeff Jakubiak and Robert Powell putting up $1,000 of their own money for the winner to donate to a cause of their choice. They wanted to see a race off between last year's first and second place (me and Dale Avery) along with Marlon Crowe, Christine and Kendall (although these two not chipped) and current race leader the Caveman who was already half-cut, and anyone else who had not yet ran.
With pride at stake but mainly to chance to raise 2 grand for 345 Athletic Club, I quickly trained up Dominic Dyer and Will Edwards (who would have raced if of legal age to do so) to use the electronic timing system before making my way to the start and collecting a CayBrew. The DJ started this race and so it was that the Caveman and Dale were first out of the beer transition and made their way down the run leaving the defending champion 15 seconds behind and other runners in between. By the end of lap 1, it looked like a three-way race with the gap remaining around 15 seconds between them as they left transition for the second time. On lap 2, although still in the lead the Caveman was feeling the effects of the first race whilst Dale closed the gap. Meanwhile, the wily old Masters veteran Derek was monitoring the distance between them and the gap closed to around 5 seconds between the three as they entered transition for beer number 3.
Dale headed out of transition in the lead for the first time with Derek not far behind and the Caveman still hanging in there but losing ground. By the turn around it was a two way race between last year's top two heading in to transition together for the final time but with Dale still managing to swig the last beer a few seconds quicker and having a marginal lead. However, Dale's failure to attend the Thursday morning interval training sessions for months was the telling factor as he started to fade handing the race to Derek who was able to ease into the lead and win it by around 14 seconds.
Combining the race times from all three heats, the final margin between the top two was less than one second but enough for Derek Larner to retain the title of Cayman's Beer Mile champion. Second place Michael 'Caveman' Testori had two excellent runs and when one considers that his second run was done whilst half-cut, it was still good enough for 4th overall. Dale came an excellent third place overall.
In the ladies event, it was Jenni and Emily taking top two places with Gaynor Hunter-Wong in third.
Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to CayBrew, Calyco Jacks and Flashy Nation for this event.
|Place||Bib||Name||AG||AG Place||Sex Place||Final Result||Race|
|1||141||Derek Larner||M40+||1||1||08:37.76||Race 3|
|2||99||Michael 'Caveman' Testori||M18-29||1||2||08:38.64||Race 1|
|3||139||Dale Avery||M30-39||1||3||08:51.89||Race 3|
|4||142||Michael 'Caveman' Testori||M18-29||2||4||09:38.29||Race 3|
|5||107||David Pursley||M18-29||3||5||09:49.73||Race 1|
|6||100||Darryn Monaghan||M30-39||2||6||09:50.83||Race 1|
|7||136||John Davies||M40+||2||7||10:15.41||Race 2|
|8||138||Daniel Lowry||M30-39||3||8||10:30.59||Race 3|
|9||135||Jeff Palleschi||M40+||3||9||11:10.27||Race 2|
|10||140||Marlon Crowe||M18-29||4||10||11:47.02||Race 3|
|11||108||Robert Powell||M40+||4||11||11:51.15||Race 1|
|12||137||Jonathan Crawford||M18-29||5||12||12:18.62||Race 3|
|13||105||Jeff Jakubiak||M40+||5||13||12:46.15||Race 1|
|14||115||Kalle Selin||M30-39||4||14||13:03.99||Race 1|
|15||104||Ronan Okeeffe||M30-39||5||15||13:12.72||Race 1|
|16||103||Jenni Bradwell||F30-39||1||1||13:15.43||Race 1|
|17||102||David Lickrish||M40+||6||16||13:29:41||Race 1|
|18||116||Emily Lecouteur||F30-39||2||2||14:00.14||Race 1|
|19||143||Robert Powell||M40+||7||17||14:05.28||Race 3|
|20||110||Shaggy Thompson||M30-39||6||18||14:21.76||Race 1|
|21||120||Gaynor Hunter-Wong||F30-39||3||3||14:40.93||Race 2|
|22||119||Sarah Jones||F40+||1||4||14:41.33||Race 2|
|23||128||Roger Freeman||M30-39||7||19||15:52.93||Race 2|
|24||131||Joel Porter||M18-29||6||20||15:52.98||Race 2|
|25||133||Ryan Charles||M30-39||8||21||15:58.21||Race 2|
|26||129||Anthony Parchment||M30-39||9||22||16:33.54||Race 2|
|27||118||Jason Mann||M40+||8||23||16:41.96||Race 1|
|28||114||Jason Parchment||M18-29||7||24||16:52.98||Race 1|
|29||132||Dannel Rahamut||M30-39||10||25||17:00.20||Race 2|
|30||106||Richie Specht||M18-29||8||26||17:16.11||Race 1|
|31||113||David Bees||M30-39||11||27||17:24.99||Race 1|
|32||127||Sean Douglas||M18-29||9||28||17:33.95||Race 2|
|33||123||Brigitte Tomascik||F18-29||1||5||17:34.24||Race 2|
|34||134||Jerome Mano||M18-29||10||29||17:38.04||Race 2|
|35||122||Rachel Specht||F30-39||4||6||17:47.98||Race 2|
|36||126||Richie Specht||M18-29||11||30||18:12.85||Race 2|
|37||124||Andrew Woodcock||M40+||9||31||18:13.38||Race 2|
|38||111||Jim Macallum||M40+||10||32||18:31.39||Race 1|
|39||109||Lisa Queen||F40+||2||7||18:38.11||Race 1|
|40||112||Elliott Crowe||M40+||11||33||18:40.78||Race 1|
|41||130||Matthew Powell||M18-29||12||34||18:56.24||Race 2|
|42||101||Roger Freeman||M30-39||11||35||20:11.19||Race 1|
|3||3||Grunewald & Romer||3||07:49.40|
|4||1||Zoltan & Erno||4||08:30.59|
|5||2||Jess & Tobi||5||08:35.18|
|8||4||Tom, Jim & Owen||8||09:18.95|
|10||5||Darron & Amber||10||11:56.88|
|*||164||Elvis & Muff||*||DNS|
|*||165||Louisa & Joyce||*||DNS|
|*||166||Maloney & van||*||DNS|
Oct 2, 2016