Tiaan Erwee made it two wins in two races with a dominant run in one of the most gruelling events in the GIAAC calendar. Now working full time in Guernsey the manner of his win in the 15 Mile Cliff Path event suggests the South African trail specialist will be another addition to an increasingly vibrant local running scene.
Erwee pulled clear soon after the start and by the 3 mile Jerbourg climb was already clear of closest challengers Tristan Robilliard, Luke Richards and Jim de Garis. De Garis and Robilliard stopped at the Petit Bot 8 mile point leaving Erwee the clear leader and he crossed the Fairy Ring finish line in 1 hrs 55 minutes 52 seconds.
Nikki Neal had bided her time at the start and was happy to initially trail Laura McCarthy but by Petit Bot she was into her running and up in to 5th place with McCarthy three minutes behind in 6th. The island games 10,000m 6th placer is probably more at home on the trails and cruised past Richards to finish 2nd overall in 2 hr 9 minutes 49 seconds. Richards was 3rd in 2 hrs 18 minutes 30 seconds with McCarthy a further 30 seconds back in 4th.
In a much larger field than recent years 30 runners completed the full 15 mile distance with a further 13 finishing at 8.
Thanks to all helpers. Particularly timekeepers Ray, Dawn & J-P and all of J-P’s Runners who have made this such a great series – look out for updates on JP’s running group.
The Series prize giving will take place immediately after the opening FNB XC race at Delancey Park on Saturday 31st October.