Dyer shatters PB to win Pirates Week 5K

Dominic Dyer dominated on the road as he obliterated his previous best time to win the Pirates Week 5K run on Friday, 11 November, 2016 ahead of more than 80 other competitors.

Leading wire-to-wire, the 345 Athletics Club star crossed the finish line in 15 minutes 46.31 seconds, well ahead of any other competitors and his prior personal best of 16:09.

“I was really hoping for a PB today,” Dyer said of his mindset coming into the race that set off outside Bar Crudo along South Church Street and looped back. “From the start line, I set off in first place and just stuck in first place for the whole race.”

More than 80 runners lined up for the event.

More than 80 runners lined up for the event.

The winner of multiple CARIFTA Game medals is often forced to push himself against the clock and not the field. This time, he employed a new technique with the assistance of his father.

“I had my dad on the bike next to me, which really helped. We hadn’t done that before but we thought it was no point me just racing myself. So, he rode next to me, giving me words of encouragement and that really helped,” Dyer told CaymanSportsBuzz.com.

Spurring him on as well were other members of 345 AC as he neared the line. “Towards the end of the race – the last 1,500 metres – was pretty tough and when I came around the bend with about 300 (metres) to go, it really helped seeing the finish line and hearing people cheer me on,” he said.

A week of training awaits, as he returns to the road for the To Hell and Back 10K race on Sunday, 20 November.

In a tight finish, Jason Saunders (17:16.38) overtook Will Edwards of 345 AC (17:18.25) in a sprint to the finish to claim second place. Victor Magalhaes (17:44.90) was fourth and Neal Ainscow (18:20.98) fifth.

Jason Saunders overtakes Will Edwards down the home stretch.

Jason Saunders overtakes Will Edwards down the home stretch.

Molly Kehoe, also of 345 AC, continued to show good form in road races this season, as she was the first female runner to complete the course in 20 minutes, 19.10 seconds. Olivia Shanks was second in 21:06.85. Kim Ekhart (22:10.83) was third.

Click here for a complete list of winners in the various age categories.

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