The threatened rain held off and fast times were recorded in the opening Saumarez Park 5km race of the year. (Images:- Phil Nicolle & Paul Hammond)
Ed Mason bided his time, sat behind David Emery, then used his middle distance speed to burst clear in the final 400m and post a 4 second victory to cross the line in 16 minutes 15 seconds.
Second placed Emery ran a road best and Sarah Mercier in 4th place overall ran her fastest 5k for 2 years to post an impressive fast time of 16 minutes 48 seconds. The reigning island games champion now awaits confirmation that the time will suffice as a qualifying performance for next month’s GB Indoor Championships. Her coach Lee Merrien said ” Sarah missed last year’s track season but it was indicated that an early season road time of between 16:40 and 16:50 may be accepted but we have to wait to hear officially”.
Many feel the Saumarez loop, that features sections of gravel and several tight bends, is potentially 15-20 seconds slower than ideal and Mercier’s time compares well with her 16:31 island track 5000m record set at Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mercier had a great race with Peter Amy. Unlike the apparently cagey game played by the overall race winner the positions between Amy and Mercier changed several times as they aggressively took the race to each other. Eventually Amy edged his PB down to claim the final podium place in 16:44.
72 year old Julie Lawlor ‘s inspirational time of 24minutes 54 seconds was 10 seconds faster than the 2016 performance that saw her end the year as Britain’s 4th fastest Septuagenarian.
At the other end of the age scale 12 year old Summer Woodhead became the youngest Guernsey female to break 20 minutes with a stunning time of 19 minutes 36 seconds to place second woman.
Lisa Evans made her debut over this course a year ago and 12 months on was an amazing 11+ minutes quicker in dipping below 30 minutes for the first time.
The race was the second of the 4 race Chertsey House series and the age graded results were always going to prove interesting. 17 Yr old island games medallist(Mason) vs. established age-graded queen(Lawlor) vs commonwealth games athlete (Mercier) vs County under 13 champion (Woodhead) …….. Ultimately Lawlor came out on top with a massive 89.78 % age grading from Mercier’s 87.90.
The next GIAAC fixture is FNB XC League round 4, L’Ancresse Stonecrusher on Sat 21st Jan.
|Date:||January 15, 2017|
|Date:||January 15, 2017|
Thanks to all helpers including but not limited to Danny Blake, Wendy Ensink, Richard Hann, Warwick Helps, Carl Holden, Jenny James, Laura McCarthy, Louise Perrio.