Amy and Perrio victorious in quintessential cross country race– write-up by Jamie Ingrouille, photo by Phil Nicolle
Peter Amy braved blustery conditions to leave behind a sizeable field in this year’s summer rendition of the traditional 4.75-mile ‘Full Course’.
Amy led from the start to record a new personal best of 26:42 and claim another consecutive win, which bodes well for the upcoming FNB cross country series.
“I decided to go out quickly because looking at the people around me, there are some great runners in the race,” he said.
“I wanted to get a PB, I did and I am happy about that, with four wins on the trot in various events – park races, track and cross country.”
“Hopefully I will continue to go on the up and be ready for the cross country series in the winter. There are people who are faster than me but were not here today with it being summer, so I had to take the opportunity today.”
James Priest and James De Garis were second and third with times of 27:35 and 27:57 respectively.
Louise Perrio won the women’s race in a time of 28:12. This was good enough for fourth overall and was one of her fastest times in recent years despite having missed a few weeks of training due to calf injury.
“It was alright, with the wind you did have to think about when it was going to be behind you and when it would be a headwind and gauge your effort accordingly,” she said.
“I felt good around the tip [Chouet] but I struggled a bit on the grass later on, as I’ve recently had a bit of a calf injury.”
Her closest rival was Jenny James, who edged closer to the coveted 30 minute mark with a new personal best of 30:10.
Tom Stapley won the 2.8-mile junior ‘half course’ in a time of 16:55, just ahead of Summer Woodhead who clocked 17:01.
The event was a great tune-up for the aforementioned FNB cross country series, which begins on 14 October with an undulating jaunt around Delancey Park.