Anguilla run for aids half marathon
Whilst the rest of team Nevis were doing the mini triathlon, three of its club members had made the journey to Anguilla to represent Nevis in this annual event that helps raise money and awareness of AIDS in the region, the Anguilla Optimist Club host a 5km, 10km and half-marathon run on the same day.
Andy and Wendy Brear teamed up with Sarah Petre-Mears to take on the caribbean in this gruelling event of 13 miles (22km), Andy is a veteran runner with 13 full marathons to his credit and untold halfs and 10k's, he had got himself in great shape for this race and was looking for a good time. Wendy has done a marathon before but many years, and two young children, ago, but she had steeled herself and trianed with Sarah for the last few months to get ready to complete this daunting task. Sarah is another story, with no sports background whatsoever, earlier this year she set herself the task of not only learning how to swim, how to bike and how to run (competitively), but entered and won her first mini tirathlon at the Lord Nelson Triathlon in October, as well as signing up for this mammoth running event.
All three must be applauded for their efforts as Andy placed 11th overall with a time of 1hr 33mins against a very tough field of athletes from the region and beyond, both Sarah and Wendy completed the race well within the time they had set themselves, Sarah finishing in 2hrs 28mins, and wendy in 2hrs 31mins, both of them join the ranks of the few who have half-marathon finishers medals in their cabinets. Congratulations to them all, and we wish them equally well on their next adventure.