The weather may have been damp but the mild conditions saw a glut of personal best performances through the field in the March edition of the Guernsey Athletics/Lee Merrien Running Park 5km. (Pictured:- leading man Carl Holden and leading woman Jenny James – image courtesy Phil Nicolle)
Julie Lawlor currently stands as Britain’s leading septuagenarian – and she remarkably strengthened that position with a personal best time of 24 minutes 50 seconds but she wasn’t only female runner with something to smile about as the first woman home Jenny James, who placed 6th of the 42 finishers, strengthened her island games selection credentials by slashing 30 seconds off her previous best with an Island Games ‘A’ standard performance of 18 minutes 25 seconds.
The field was headed by Carl Holden, another athlete with island games aspirations. The improving long distance specialist claimed a personal best of 16 minutes 25 seconds, though for Holden the real test will come when he lines up in next week’s Reading half marathon.
James meanwhile joins a strong FNB Endurance team that travels the same weekend to the Eastleigh 10k.
Third placed Simon Ingrouille edged his personal best down to 17 minutes 46 seconds and into runbritain’s Top Ten 45 year olds whilst one of the younger runners, 15 year old Isaac Powers, also ran his best to date for 9th place.
|Date:||March 12, 2017|
Event organised with thanks to volunteer officials Hazel Solway, Brian Holden, Richard Hann, Samantha Ingrouille and marshals Vanessa Rodrigues, Helene Herve, Michael Way and Kevin Kreckler.