Luke Richards removed 5 minutes from his 2yr old previous best to win a close race in the opening event of the four race PwC cliff path series (image Phil Nicolle – Luke Richards  part hidden behind Jason James ).
The challenging 6 mile route took the runners from Havelet to Petit Port on the lower paths before returning across the Jerbourg National Trust meadow onto the upper paths to Fermain and back the the finish adjacent to the Gents pool at La Valette.
Richards was joined by Jason James and Tristan Robilliard for much of the race but when they hit the final run in after dropping down the steps by the aquarium Richards strong finish was too much for Robilliard who said “I went with him initially but just could not hold him” or James “I just don’t quite have the race fitness at the moment”. The winning time of 48 minutes 19 seconds was the fastest in the three years it has been used as the opening fixture of the series and a course record for this version of the route.
In a large field of 65 finishers Vanessa Rodrigues carried through her good form from the recent OSA All Terrain Challenge to finish leading woman just 2 seconds under the hour in 22nd overall whilst Caroline Creed again showed her liking for the terrain with a strong second in 25th overall just a few places clear of Chantal Green.
With one septuagenarian(Ray Scholes) being absent celebrating his birthday Roger Naftel kept the flag flying with a solid run to finish well within 1 hr 30.
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