After last year's last minute rush of on-the-day entrants, this year we switched from timing the race using ankle straps to having race bib numbers with electronic chip. This proved to be beneficial as we were able to hand them out much quicker and a change in the way we upload data meant we were able to start the race on time and more importantly to the impatient ones, we were able to provide the results very quickly. Happy days :)
It is no surprise that the track and field athletes do very well in this short race, which probably felt like a sprint for many of the long distance runners. With times similar to last year's race it was the deadly duo of Will Edwards and Dominic Dyer who led the field together for half the distance before Dom pulled away from his training partner. In 2016 Dominic won in a new course record but was unable to repeat the same time this year but still won in a very respectable time of 4:40.9, with Will second again in 4:52.4
Marius Acker was enjoying the very short distance and earned third spot by holding off the challenge of Matt 'Sticks' Volkwyn who was only 3 seconds adrift in fourth. Sherlock Brooks improved his time from last year but had to do so in order to stay ahead of the two 13 year old boys not far behind him, Levi SuperMario and Juan-Pablo Valerio. 14 year old Tommy Kehoe was just behind them and with these young guns, distance running in Cayman has a very good future.
In the ladies race defending champion Tiffany Cole has been running well but a slight hamstring pull kept her on the sidelines to observe from the volunteer's perspective. Former champion Claire Critchley was in the field as were Kym Bailey and Gill Comins who are usually running half and full marathons so would probably have only just got into their strides before this race would be over. As in the men's race, Claire would feel the strongest threat would come from the track stars of 345 Athletic Club, and it came from the experience of Kiara McLaughlin and up and coming star Molly Kehoe. Kiara who had placed 3rd in 2015 and missed this race last year because of illness was the sharpest out of the block and won in a time of 5:38.9, with Claire second in 5:48.6 but had to work really hard to hold off the challenge from 12 year old Molly. Gill Comins, Michelle Lamont, Kym Bailey and another up and coming youngster Ava Hider were not that far behind.
Below is the full list of finishers and others who entered and either ran without a bib or chose to simply donate to CHC. Looking through the list it is very pleasing to see the first 9 placings came from 345 Athletic Club with many of the club's youngsters in the top 20 placings.
Thanks again to all volunteers. We have had some good feedback and it seems we made very few mistakes.