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Chertsey House 5mile Road Race

Chertsey House 5mile Road Race
20 Dec
6:42
It was a husband and wife double for the Wilesmith household in today’s Chertsey House 5 Miler.
Matt Loveridge was Mike Wilesmith’s main challenger for the overall win, and the two were neck and neck at Bordeaux. Wilesmith started edging away at the Vale Castle two mile mark and proceeded to front-run to a 27:00 victory but Loveridge held on to finish 2nd in 27:23. Less than a minute behind, Tristan Robillard outkicked junior Dan Galpin for 3rd place. Triathlete James Gower was the 5th and final runner to dip under the 30:00 mark. Wilesmith, who was happy with his win, commented that he had entered the race as a ‘blowout before Hampshire’ but that he ‘knew that he (Loveridge) had been running well in training so they had been likely to push together’. True to his word, Wilesmith is one of Guernsey’s top senior prospects in January’s Hampshire cross country championships.
In the women’s race, Kate Wilesmith took an early lead but was tracked by a trio of female runners who had amassed around Bordeaux. The gap did not grow any bigger but Wilesmith pushed her way to win the women’s title in 34:02, with Jenny James finishing 2nd in 34:23. Mel Nicolle and Vanessa Rodriguez took 3rd and 4th place respectively, both less than 15 seconds behind James.
 
Evergreen Julie Lawlor was the leader in the age graded rankings – her 83% grading placing her comfortably clear of reigning series champion Sean Galpin and race winner Mike Wilesmith who both posted 79% gradings.
The race was held in pleasant conditions albeit with fairly strong Southwesterly wind, which made some of the more open sections of the course a challenge. With many athletes also focussing on upcoming cross country races, both locally and off island, a field of 59 finishers was a decent turn-out. The next race of the 5-race series will be a 5k event held at Saumarez Park on January 24th.

race result

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Age Graded result

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