Batiste and Perrio take honours on a still Summer evening’s incarnation of classic cross-country race writes Jamie Ingrouille (with thanks to Nicola Smith for image).
The re-introduction of a 4.7-Mile ‘Full Course’ into the GIAAC Summer calendar saw a high-quality field take to L’Ancresse common in the hopes of fast times and solid competition. Aside from starting and finishing at the Beach House, the course was nearly identical to that seen in the traditional Winter and Spring fixtures.
Middle distance star Mike Batiste, who had only just resumed training after a few setbacks, drew ahead of several of the islands top senior runners to take first place overall. Batiste overturned David Emery’s early lead and focussed on ‘maintaining the pace’ over the tougher middle miles, his finish time of 25:32 making its way into the GIAAC all-time rankings. Dave Emery and Mike Wilesmith took second and third place, clocking 26:06 and 26:15 respectively. u17 Alex Rowe dipped inside the 28minute mark for 5th place.
The women’s race was dominated from the start by Louise Perrio, who latched onto a small group of male runners after a relaxed opening mile and worked with them for a 28:07 finish – her fastest Full Course for 3 years. Sarah Mercier was second woman home, just outside 29 minutes.
Today’s race was the first in an influx of local off-road fixtures. The PWC cliffpath series commences on Sunday with a 6 Mile loop based from Havelet. In addition, the first race of the ever-popular FNB cross country series takes place on 15 October at Delancey park.
With thanks to Organiser Alun Williams, Officials Pete Wickins, Hazel Solway.
Course Marking -Jim De Garis
Marshalls – Ben Foote, Chris Dorey, Nat Whitty, Chantal Bordeaux, Kristen Price, Eliza Mason