A couple of months ago 345 Athletic Club decided to bring back a 5 x 1mile relay race to Grand Cayman as it has been many years since Scotiabank held its annual event and it was felt this relay distance was an event that might become popular again, especially for the children. Thankfully the event was very well attended with 52 teams of 5 runners entered, and very importantly, this event brought many very young runners out for the first time to compete against the mums and dads.
To run a mile in under 10 minutes is the first benchmark for the couch potato (or newbie) getting back in to fitness after a long lay-off; if you have been at it for a few weeks and running comfortably your next target is to run the mile under 9 minutes. The recreational jogger who is at it a couple of times a week will be content with completing the distance under 8 minutes, but if you are aiming for under 7 minutes we know you are taking it more serious than the average dude and looking to move to the next level. The more accomplished runners will of course be looking for the 6 minute mile, but as the time comes down, these 1 minute progressions are much more difficult so anything less than 5.30 is fantastic.
The course was a 1 mile loop starting at the side of Blackbeards Liquor store, Grand Harbour with runners going through the car-park and exiting the complex towards Careenage, but before reaching the apartments, the course took a very sharp right turn and down the dirt track to the back of the skateboard park continuing to Bimini Drive, then head back to Grand Harbour turning into the other end of the car-park back to where one started. Each leg runner covered the same course and therefore the distance covered was the same for all.
Leg 1 - The race started on time with Mona-Lisa Meade our official starter, “on your marks, Get set! GOOOOO”. Straight away the speedsters made their way to the front jostling for position when veteran Cayman runner Chadwick Webster (MO Running) showing that he still has what it takes as he took on the youngsters at their own game and headed out of the complex in the front. Breathing down his neck at the half-way stage was Dominic Dyer (Red Sail 1) and William Edwards (345 AC – Fast But Not Furious 5) who have both been selected to represent the Cayman Islands in the metric mile at Carifta and were each running two legs to test their strength (just a training session apparently) so making sure they paced it correctly to save enough energy for their next leg. But of course, Dom’s pride will not allow him to ease home anything less than first place so he eased passed Chadwick down Bimini Drive and he finished leg 1 in 4:43 and had opened a 11 second lead over Chadwick (4:54), who for a man in his 40s to run a sub 5 minute mile on a twisting course is phenomenal – well done Chad. Will was close behind in third and also ran under 5 minutes. The first female home was Kiara McLaughlin (345 AC - MDR Gurls) in 6:06 and Emily Harrison (Cayman Prep Ladies) next fastest female in 6:25, only a second ahead of Jayme Farrell (The Beachettes).
Leg 2 – Hayden Isbister (MO Running) took over the baton from Chadwick and chased after Chase Young (Red Sail 1) to try close the 11 second advantage, chase the Chase so to speak! Okay, no more jokes. Meanwhile, Tommy Kehoe (345 AC – Fast but Not Furious 5) went after Hayden. Chase is a good runner but unfortunately for him there were a group of good runners trying to close the gap. Hayden is not just a good runner, but a very good and experienced runner and it wasn’t long before he was not only able to catch Chase, but go past him and move into the lead. Tommy was also able to catch and overtake him moving the young guns into second place overall. So at the end of Leg 2, ‘MO Running’ was leading with a 18 second gap over the ‘345 AC – Fast But Not Furious 5’ team with times being first (5:09) and second (5:21) quickest leg 2. Chase kept ‘Red Sail 1’ in third place whilst Samuel Young had a decent leg moving ‘345 AC Omega 5’ up the rankings. Meanwhile, in the ladies race, it was Molly Kehoe quickest in 6:09 putting the ‘345 AC – MDR Gurls’ in a clear lead. Gill Gordon (formerly Comins) was next quickest in 6:29 for ‘St Ignatius Striders’.
Leg 3 – When Hayden handed the baton to Ali King one would have thought it was in the bag. Ali is well known for earning second place in the Cayman Marathon last December and most recently winning the St Patrick’s Day 5k. Ali did not disappoint, as he was able to extend the lead for ‘MO Running’ by another 4 seconds quicker than Juan Pablo Valerio (345 AC – Fast But Not Furious 5) who did exceptionally well to keep Ali in his sights with a time of 5:28. ‘Red Sail 1’ team remained in contention for the podium spot thanks to a decent run from Mark Tilly (5:33) and Nick Yale of ‘Cayman Prep Men’ keeping this team in a good spot perhaps looking favorite for first corporate team at this stage. According to the data entries, the quickest female on leg 3 was Kyra Rabess (6:25) of ‘345 AC Mak-Million Miles Girls’ who is better known for her swimming prowess, but if you know her parents you will understand where she gets the fitness genes. Second quickest was Christine Conner of ‘Anytime Fitness Tribe’ in 6:44.
Leg 4 – a last minute tactical change for ‘MO Running’ had Jason Saunders take over from Ali King who now had around 22 seconds lead over the nearest rival (good to see Jason back to full fitness these days after a gradual journey back after a bicycle accident a year ago). No surprise that Jason would run the quickest of the leg 5 runners in 5:12, and it was up to 13 year old Levi Superville to keep ‘345 AC Fast But Not Furious 5’ in contention and the dream of winning their Club’s own event. Of course Levi ran well and with the second quickest leg 4 time, he had lost a little time but with Cayman’s number one runner to follow hopes were still alive. Mike Ridsdale (5:29) of ‘Red Sail 1’ ensured third spot although ‘345 AC Omega 5’ were a bugs dick away thanks to a decent run from Pierce Maynard. Also running well were ‘Atomic N-R-G’ with the likes of Fabian McCallum, Marco Miranda and Mike Stevens making good time. Michelle Veldhoven and Michelle Vinton were quickest ladies running 6:14 and 6:15 respectively.
Leg 5 – 30 seconds down, Dominic Dyer is running his second leg of the day but this time for his club team (345 AC Fast But Not Furious 5) and trying to chase Neal Ainscow (MO Running) who will give most people a good run for their money in Cayman. Neal is capable of running around a 5 minute mile so if he is running to his best, Dominic would have to get under four and a half minutes to close the gap. As Dom’s first leg was slower than the target time, could winning be possible? Spectators quickly moved to the rear of Grand Harbour to see how the race would unfold as runner came from behind the skate board park. Sure enough, Dominic had closed the gap, Neal had gone out very hard busting his lungs and still had 80 meters lead but was looking a bit cream crackered (fatigued to the rest of you). The other runners were doing their thing but all eyes were focused on the leaders and rightly so as this was a tremendous effort from both Neal and Dom, so who would prevail? Dominic being 6 foot 6 inches can make use of the long stride making moving at speed look effortless, and it was amazing to see how he was able to close the gap on Neal by the time they reached Bimini Drive. Neal is a strong runner and was working hard to stay with Dom, but there was simply nothing more he could do as Dom went past him and put the accelerator pedal to the floor. Neal had finished in a good time of 5:16, but Dom ran the last leg in 4:32 meaning his last leg was quicker than his first leg (we call this negative splits) and earned him not only the winning team prize but the fastest two legs of the day. Quite an amazing runner!
Also running 5:16 on Leg 5 was Victor Magalhaes who is coming back after a 3 months lay off. This ensured his team (345 AC Omega 5) finished 4th place overall, but it was Will Edwards who did what he needed to do to hold off the challenge from Victor to ensure ‘Red Sail 1’ remained in third place. Marlon Crowe was another who ran 2 legs (negative splits) earning ‘FlashyNation Cool Kids’ 5th place overall.
In the ladies race it was Tiffany Cole winning the race in style for 345 AC MDR Gurls being the only female runner to break the magic 6 minutes per mile time. Ava Hider excels in sailing, but today she enhanced her reputation as a runner being the quickest in her team and ensuring 345 AC Mak-Million-Miles Girls came second overall. Girls on Fire (Kind of!) where third all female team.
The top three Open teams were ‘345 AC – Fast But Not Furious 5’, second place was ‘MO Running’ and ‘Red Sail 1’ came third. The three Corporate teams were ‘Cayman Prep Men, followed by ‘Butterfield’ then the ‘Ritz Carlton Running Warriors’. The top three female teams were ‘345 AC – MDR Gurls’, second ‘345 AC Mak-Million-Miles Girls’ and third place was ‘Girls On Fire (Kind of!)’.
The event was financially supported by sponsor McGrath Tonner and we thank David and Ben for their kind donation, and for also competing in the relay (Ben also ran two legs with negative splits). In addition, we thank the owners and management of Grand Harbour for allowing this race to occur on the property, and of course we appreciate the many volunteers both on the course as marshals, at registration and round the finishing area.
Full results are below.
|Name||Bib||Time||Posn||Lap 1||Lap 2||Lap 3||Lap 4||Lap 5|
|345 Ac Fast But Not Furious 5||1||25:42.61||1||04:58.27||05:21.65||05:28.26||05:21.91||04:32.51|
|Red Sail 1||28||27:44.74||3||04:43.89||05:40.44||05:33.89||05:29.29||06:17.22|
|345 Mdr Omega 5||45||27:46.42||4||05:21.18||05:24.83||05:52.24||05:51.23||05:16.91|
|Flashynation Cool Kids||15||29:50.78||5||06:30.81||05:53.29||05:54.46||05:58.20||05:34.01|
|Cayman Prep Men||12||29:52.20||6||05:54.00||05:50.90||05:46.10||06:45.70||05:35.70|
|Atomic-N R G||7||30:41.33||8||06:06.67||06:20.20||06:24.85||05:39.84||06:09.75|
|345 Ac Mdr Gurls||3||31:23.10||9||06:06.30||06:09.30||06:52.60||06:26.30||05:49.00|
|Tree 4 5||32||32:23.48||11||06:21.59||06:20.08||06:39.39||06:03.08||06:59.32|
|345 Ac St Ignatius Speedsters||43||32:47.45||12||06:17.75||06:58.63||05:50.27||05:59.06||07:41.71|
|Anytime Fitness Tribe||48||33:09.53||13||05:43.59||06:56.16||06:44.25||07:12.39||06:33.11|
|Ritz Carlton Running Warriors||51||33:12.80||15||06:40.20||06:48.40||07:36.70||06:30.80||05:36.80|
|Red Sail 2||29||33:14.50||16||05:59.20||06:20.60||07:30.30||07:30.00||05:54.60|
|345 Ac Mak-Million-Miles Girls||2||34:00.00||17||07:08.40||07:07.10||06:25.70||07:03.80||06:15.20|
|345 Ac The Jams||5||35:08.58||20||07:07.64||08:10.03||06:00.51||07:27.82||06:22.57|
|Girls On Fire (kind Of!)||16||35:36.70||21||06:46.30||07:32.30||06:53.10||07:21.90||07:03.40|
|Movers For Life Team: Pacers||22||35:47.30||23||05:44.91||08:09.38||07:26.07||07:42.23||06:44.69|
|345 Ac Road Runners||4||36:19.08||24||07:09.72||08:20.18||07:24.40||06:20.65||07:04.12|
|Purple Dragon Road Warriors||47||36:40.40||26||06:02.47||06:48.29||09:01.02||06:41.81||08:06.79|
|Cayman Prep Ballers||10||37:22.50||28||07:50.30||07:25.60||07:27.10||08:22.50||06:17.20|
|Red Sail 3||30||38:29.40||32||07:46.90||07:57.00||08:08.30||08:25.60||06:11.80|
|Cayman Prep Ladies||11||38:40.40||33||06:25.80||08:14.00||07:39.20||09:22.70||06:58.90|
|St Ignatius Striders||52||39:00.31||34||06:22.21||06:25.46||08:35.33||08:49.45||08:47.84|
|Rapid Thigh Movement||27||39:58.80||37||07:04.30||08:06.60||08:24.00||08:54.40||07:29.70|
|Movers For Life Team: Strikers||23||40:06.72||38||07:02.97||08:06.44||07:30.50||09:14.45||08:12.35|
|Mums And Sons||24||40:49.80||39||07:40.77||07:47.45||09:35.99||08:07.52||07:38.05|
|Dead On Arrival||46||41:02.69||40||09:47.70||06:33.43||11:01.55||07:00.06||06:39.94|
|Century 21 Runners||13||41:47.80||42||07:19.80||08:53.60||06:45.20||09:36.30||09:13.20|
|The Yellow Duckies||37||41:56.46||44||08:14.56||08:09.43||09:12.24||08:25.98||07:54.23|
|Mourant Ozannes Girls Gone Running||20||42:15.00||46||07:52.40||08:28.00||08:48.90||07:55.80||09:10.20|
|Are We Nearly There Yet?||6||42:47.14||47||07:54.29||08:42.03||09:39.82||09:18.92||07:12.06|
|The Dashing Cheetahs||36||46:38.63||49||07:41.29||08:47.63||10:04.03||09:08.55||10:57.11|
|Team Justice League||33||53:53.27||50||07:41.17||09:28.41||16:57.14||10:12.34||09:34.18|
|Movers For Life Team: Challengers||21||57:04.28||51||10:09.68||10:49.39||09:56.72||12:15.58||13:52.89|
Mar 27, 2017