Guernsey’s established endurance runners were out in force for the opening distance track fixture of the summer season and whilst Ed Mason produced a solid line to cross the line first in the Footes Lane 5000m track event Jason James emerged with the biggest smile on his face, a big personal best time and a fast 16 min 6 second run. Dave Emery was a good third.
Louise Perrio’s gradual return to her best continued and she inflicted a rare track defeat on reigning Island Games champion Sarah Mercier.
Mason soon hit the front of the twelve an a half lap race and reeled off a succession of 75 second laps to quickly build up a 100m lead on the chasers who included James, Dave Emery, Tristan Robilliard and Pete Amy. After starting in a more reserved fashion James also locked into Mason’s pace and whilst the 17-year old drifted slightly in the closing stages James, who competed over 5000m in the 2015 Natwest Island games, sped up and finished with a flourish for a 20 second personal best and a time over 40 seconds quicker than his Jersey performance.
Ahead of him Mason himself ran a marginal personal best of 15:48.39 seconds and edged into the top 20 islanders to have run the distance. (full All time lists here).
Also entering the all time lists were Chantal Green, Jenny James and Kate Wilesmith. Newcomer Adam Thoumine was the winner of the B event but there were fast runs behind him with the trio of women all dipping below 20 minutes. In the A race Louise Perrio started conservatively but ran strongly in the closing stages to pass Mercier in the final 800m, a rare defeat for Mercier but glimpses of Perrio getting back to her best “I’m enjoying my running so I seem to be running better and because I’m running better I’m enjoying my running” said the 33 year old multiple island games gold medallist.