Dave Emery moves clear at top of 2016/17 FNB XC league table following a good win over Mike Wilesmith in the Division 1 Six mile race. After a close race held in near perfect still wintry conditions Emery moved clear in closing lap to win by 60 metres in 33 minutes 24 seconds. The race was a near repeat of the shorter version of the Stonecrusher course staged in November.
Sam Culverwell was the winner of the four mile event from Sammy Galpin and he moves to the top of the Division 2 table. Louis Le Cheminant was the winner of the 3.3 mile “mass race” but whilst Le Cheminant is assured of the U15 title going into the last race Culverwell is now level on points with Alex Rowe and the Division 2 Title could go either way. Rowe missed the race nursing an injury but he is in light training and could yet sneak the title in what has been a very competitive division.
Louise Perrio was the leading woman overall but Jenny James (pictured) continues to improve and was nipping at the heels of some of the island’s leading veteran men and placed 7th in the race. Whilst she has yet to race on the road or track this season James continues to keep herself in the Island Games selector’s minds with consistent top level performances.
Fran Bown could only finish 7th in the Division 4 (3.3mile) race but still hangs on to her position at the top of the division.
With premium points available in the final race division 5 is another that sees several athletes in contention for the overall prize. Gina Rowe currently leads but Ali Lihou, Brian Holden and Nikki Scott are all in close contention.
There is a three week break before the series finale is held at Home Farm (Saumarez Park) on Saturday 11th February.
|Date:||November 21, 2016|
Images:- Phil Nicolle.
Thanks to Officials & Volunteers:- Jim De Garis, Louise Perrio, Mikey Ingrouille, Michael Way, Alun Williams, Hazel Solway, Michael Perrio, Linda Moroney, Chris O’Neill, Gina Rowe, Alan Rowe, Tracey Scholes, Alison Mason, Juliette Ingrouille, Pete Wickins.