” I felt a bit rusty there” said Lee Merrien after his first race in 8 months but he still looked a class act in the Chertsey House 10k staged between Pembroke and White Rock.
After the opening mile Merrien was already well clear of the chasing duo of Jim De Garis and James Priest ” it was a bit tough into the wind in the opening two miles” said the runaway leader “but not too bad after that”. The 37 year old duly cruised to a big win.
The 2012 Olympian has often used local events as part as part of his wider preparation for bigger races and this year may prove no different as he comes back from a foot injury and eyes places in island games and commonwealth teams. Though his time of 32minutes 31seconds was a full 3 minutes outside his own best it still put him well clear of second placed De Garis who crossed the line in 36min 36sec
Though several leading athletes chose to miss the race after their efforts as part of last week’s Island FNB squad in the Eastleigh 10k it was two athletes that did compete that again came away with cracking times. Fourth across the line was veteran athlete Warwick Helps who continues to reap the rewards of hard training and edged his PB down to 37min 40sec whilst Laura McCarthy, though just outside her best set last week, was first woman across the line in another good time of 39min58sec. Louise Smith ran another excellent race to finish second woman in 42 minutes 17 seconds.
Julie Lawlor keeps on living up to her “Evergreen” tag and ran her best time in over 7 years to top the age graded rankings. She still heads the national lists for 5k in the age 70+ rankings and added to that with a national top 5 placing over 10k with her time of 52min29sec.
special thanks to volunteer officials Michael Way, Chris O’Neill, Catherine Sinclair-Stott, Brian Holden and Hazel Solway and an elite group of marshals(!). Sarah Mercier, Michael Wilesmith, Emma Beardsell, Dan Hunter, Richard Hann, Ben Foote, Kevin Kreckler, Chris Gilman.
|Date:||March 26, 2017|
Age Graded Results