Scallywags run round Bear Island

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier jriley@digbycourier.ca
Published on July 8, 2012
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Neil Pothier and a group of runners splash over the still submerged sandbar while a large group of walkers wait for the path to dry up a bit more during the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove.

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Sean Merrett of Digby won the first Scallywag 8k fun run and walk round Bear Island in Smith’s Cove with a time of 41:58.

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The first of the walkers in the Scallywag 8k (plus some ‘just happened to be out for a walk’ dog-walkers) make their across the beach in Smith’s Cove near 8 p.m. Saturday night, July 7.

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The first of the walkers in the Scallywag 8k arrived at the sandbar before the sandbar did.

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Most of the walkers in the Scallywag 8k ended up waiting a quarter of an hour for the tide to recede and reveal the sandbar to Bear Island.

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The lead runner, Sean Merrett of Digby, passes the walkers while they wait for the water to recede.

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Sean Merrett wades into the Annapolis Basin on his way to Bear Island during the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove.

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Sean Merrett of Digby leads the way across the still submerged sandbar to Bear Island on the way to winning the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove.

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The first of the walkers follow the runners’ lead and begin wading across the submerged sandbar to Bear Island during the Scallywag 8k.

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Wendy and Danny Harvieux wade into the Annapolis Basin while other walkers wait for the path to dry up a bit.

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Two runners splash their way across the sandbar to Bear Island during the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove.

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A young runner enjoys cooling off in the Annapolis Basin during the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove on Saturday, July 7.

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Carol Klessens of Mavillette was the first woman to finish the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove in a time of 58:27.

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Participants in the Scallywag 8k Fun Run and Walk disappear over the sandbar on their way round Bear Island Saturday night, July 7.

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A young runner flies over the sandbar headed home from Bear Island during the Scallywag 8k in Smiths Cove NS.

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The last participants in the Scallywag 8k round the far northwestern point of Bear Island. From left are Hing Lam of Toronto, David Oliver of Brighton, Bill Amirault of Digby and Candy Sin and Adela Lam of Toronto.

Photos by Jonathan Riley

Sean Merrett of Digby didn’t hesitate when he got to the still submerged sandbar that was supposed to provide a bridge to Bear Island.

Merrett was the lead runner in the Scallywag 8k Fun Run and Walk Saturday night, July 7.

A group of walkers had already been waiting about 10 minutes when Merrett arrived. He continued past them and splashed into the knee deep water. Other runners followed and eventually so did many of the walkers. Still others waited for the falling tide to reveal all of the sandbar before starting their crossing.

Merrett was already on his way back before those walkers had even started across.

He won the race with a time of 41:58 The first woman across the finish line was Carol Klessens of Mavillette in a time of 58:27.

A total of 78 runners and walkers did the walk on a warm sunny evening with little wind. The course started at the Smith's Cove Firehall and down to Harbour View passed the pool to the clammers parking space, across the beach to the causeway leading to the island and out and counterclockwise round the island and back.

The last walkers returned to the mainland about 9:30 and reached the Smith’s Cove Firehall at 10 p.m.

jriley@digbycourier.ca