At around 6am this morning the heavens opened and along with the downpour was a strong gale coming off the North Sound. Struggling with Marcelo Magalhaes to set-up the finish line area whilst tackling the weather, another concern was if the electronic timing equipment would survive the wet. Have no fear, the team of Trevor and Claire came up with the genius solution. Whilst this was going on, the amount of calls and messages from runners (who unbeknown to me were actually sat in their cars at the time) asking if the race was still going ahead! Jeez guys, don't you know me by now? It will be a cold day in Hell the moment I allow a little inclement weather cancel a Race Caribbean event and as this is a cross country race, one might consider this is just a typical winter run. Back in my day we raced in snow, hail and storms. Pull up a sandbag and let me tell you all about it........ yawn!
Sorry, where were we. Oh yes, at around 6.30am and wondering if the participant numbers would reach double figures, the weather eased back and out of the cars you all came. Low and behold we only delayed the start by 5 minutes and surprisingly there were over 60 runners on the starting line, which just goes to show the level of commitment from the Cayman running community. Considering also there were over 140 people entered in the Pedal to the Point (Cycling event) taking place simultaneously that attracted many of the local runners, the turn out was pleasing. I had to rush off to West Bay for the start of the cycling event (which, for safety reasons was then cancelled) and missed the first part of the cross country race, but I returned in time to see it all unfold at the end.
I am informed that no-one took off too quickly and there was a group of the quickest runners all bunched together for two-and-a-half miles or so. Although the pace was not slow the conditions under foot were slippery so it was probably a wise decision to start steadily.
That said, when athletes see the finish-line in the near distance the pace tends to pick up rapidly and today defending champion Dominic Dyer made his strike for home around the 2.5miles mark and I suspect the rest knew the race was for second and third place. Dominic won quite easily and turning down the final fairway to the finish it was William Edwards who had taken charge of the second spot with Levi Superville (who has recently turned 13 years old) and Matt "Sticks" Volkwyn fighting for third and fourth place. With Levi's track speed and Matt just coming off a 3 week Christmas vacation my money was on Levi - he did not disappoint.
In the ladies race, with Kym Bailey (winner of many local races this last year) unable to attend because of her commitment to the cycling event, with 2016 defending champion Joanna Mansi having moved to the UK, it was 2015 champion Tiffany Cole who took control and a long way ahead of her nearest challenger, which just happened to come from Gill Comins who ran her self to her physical limit almost chucking up as she crossed the finish line. No concern from me though as I see her chuck up at training every Thursday morning. All those who wish to see this spectacle, join us for training at Leguinea Circle for a tough session. Not far behind Gill in third place was Doris Araln with Elecktra McErlean fourth - well done ladies.
As always, a big thanks to helpers such as Trevor, Claire, Marcelo, Phil G, Teresita, Oddy, Madison, Diane, Laura, Joan, Hilary (soory if I missed anyone) and special thanks to the Race Director Phil Riposo who sets high standards and put on a fantastic race, in spite of the awful conditions. Thanks also, not just from Race Caribbean but from all the runners to the management of North Sound Golf Club for allowing use of their course and facilities - it is our pleasure and also a great experience for runners to compete on this course.
Full results below.
|7||55||Juan Pablo Valerio||23:43.3||7|
Mikaeyla Dacres DNF
Jan 8, 2017