The Hell N' Back 10 started at 7.00am on Raleigh Quay Road (near the Kimpton Seafire) and a slight change of route to accommodate seafront development near Tikki Beach, the route had runners going on to the By-Pass and over the bridge to rejoin West Bay Road and continue all the way towards the John Cumber school, turning left and turning at the Hell post office, run around the half-way antennas (the first time we have provided the turn-round split in this race) then head back the way they came. When runners reached the turn to Raleigh Quay Road (where the race started) they continued to the roundabout and followed around to the entrance of the Public Beach car park and follow all the way to the finish line next to Calico Jacks.
With a light breeze to keep the heat at bay, we started the race just after 7am after the safety briefing. Straight out of Raleigh Quay a few of the faster runners started to push the pace and before long the runners were spread out with the "athletes" at the front, the "walkers" at the rear and everyone else somewhere inbetween. Juan Pablo Valerio is in good form at the moment and has regular ding-dong battles with club member and training partner Levi Superville who has been very consistent himself over the past couple of years. With Levi winning the battle on Friday evening, the Pabbers decided it was time he forced the pace for once and with this in mind he put the hammer down early on and started taking it to the field. The turn-round is just short of 3 miles and by then Pablo had a 42 seconds lead over Levi and other training partner Wyatt Bodden [compared to Levi and Pablo, Wyatt is a late bloomer and has just realised that he is a good runner and can hold his own with Cayman's top distance stars]. Javier Perez and Hugh Anderson were neck and neck at Hell post office with Alan Kennedy immediately behind them. In the ladies race it was Lauren Hogan a good minute ahead of Ava Hider and Megan Webb-Sanders a further minute behind for third.
For those who have not done this 10k before, the way back is much tougher as the sun is on the way up with very little shade to hide and the temperature increases making the last 2-3 miles particularly tough. No such problem for Pablo as he continue to press the pace and at the end he finished in a new personal best time of 38:52 and easily the winner. Levi on the other hand was "not feeling it" today and by the cemetery he decided to ease back. No complaints from Wyatt as he seized the opportunity and pushed ahead for second spot in a massive pb for him in a time of 40:19 with Levi in third 40:42.
Lauren also pushed the pace and finished top female [fifth overall behind Hugh Anderson] in a very impressive 41:19. Ave held on to second place breaking the 45 minutes barrier for the first time whilst Jennifer Coleman had a strong second half and overtook Megan to snatch third place.
Hope you all enjoyed the Subway sandwiches provided by the 'Pirates Week Office' during the medal presentation, which was a different approach and very much welcomed by hungry runners. As always, a big thanks to all the volunteers who were up as early as 4am to ensure there was water and safety marshals along the way. Thanks to sponsors RedSail, Bar Crudo, Guy Harveys Restaurant, Harley Davidson and the the Government Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
|Hell N' Back 10k 2018 - Results|
|Place||Name||Bib||Ave 1k Pace||M/F Place||Lap 1||Lap 2||Time||Club|
|1||Juan Pablo Valerio||300||3:53||1||17:59.3||20:53.1||38:52.3||345AC|
|9||Douglas Anderson||348||4:29||7||20:30.7||24:27.5||44:58.2||Red Sail|
|15||Megan Webb Sanders||377||4:53||4||21:42.4||27:11.7||48:54.0|
|32||Toni Ann Canova||379||5:45||14||23:56.4||33:35.2||57:31.6|
Entry Fee is $25 includes an event t-shirt whilst stock lasts [Note: if you also enter the Pirates Week 5k it is $40 for the two races] and breakfast at Calico Jacks.
IMPORTANT: No registration on race day: enter via www.CaymanActive.com or visit Pirate's Week office on Cardinal Avenue, George Town.
Awards: U12, 12-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ for male and females.
Contact: 345 949 5078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 11, 2018