One of Cayman’s senior athletes continued his run of strong performances for the year, while two of Cayman’s top youth amateurs made their mark in the 2018 Pirates Week sports festivities.
2018 Pirates Week 5k Run
On the heels of his third Cayman Islands Triathlon win, Patrick Harfield was the first of 80 runners to finish Friday’s Pirates Week 5k with a time of 17:16.6 seconds. This was Harfield’s second Pirates Week 5k win in a row, after taking the 2017 edition in a time of 17:13.
“I had great fun racing in my second Pirates Week 5k. I’m pleased to be able to defend my title and in a similar time to last year,” said Harfield.
Harfield has dominated distance running and multisport events in 2018, setting new amateur course records at both the 2018 McGrath Tonner Duathlon and the 2018 Mercuryman Triathlon.
2018 Pirates Week 5k Sea Swim
17-year old Alex Dakers outlasted 24 swimmers including United States Olympian Sean Ryan to win his second open water sea swim of the year with a time of 59.54. Dakers edged Stingray teammate Jake Bailey (59:55) in an all-out 50-meter sprint to the finish line.
“I knew he was just behind me, so I figured I’d just start spinning my arms, thrashing my kick and get to the finish first,” said Dakers. “Conditions were great as always. I think it was me and Jake together all the way. I took the first lap pretty easy, and starting getting at it the second two.”
Bailey, who finished second to Dakers in September’s Fosters 800-meter Sea Swim, says it was a thrilling finale.
“Alex just like shot ahead and I was trying to catch up with him,” said Bailey. “After the second lap, he moved ahead a bit. I reached the last corner of the second lap, so I tried to catch up to him, and catch a draft, so I didn’t waste energy. We were within a quarter of a second of each other.”
2018 Pirates Week 10k Run
345 Athletics Club Juan Pablo Valerio set a new personal best Sunday (11 November) in the 10k ‘To Hell and Back’ run with a time 38:52. The John Gray High School standout is just eight months removed from a major health scare that saw him sidelined from last year’s CARIFTA Games.
“I’m glad that I was able to be here to show that I’ve had this commitment,”said Valerio. “I’m glad people are able to see that you might have a problem, and it’s hard to face it, but once you face it, and it’s finished, you can say thank god I did that.”