Steve Dawes and Louise Perrio won their respective gender divisions in race four of the FNB Guernsey League, which was contested in windy conditions on the ‘Stonecrusher Long’ loop.
Returning star Steve Dawes demonstrated impressive form in winning the six-mile division one race in a time of 33:12 over runners-up Andrew Van Kints (34:20) and Carl Holden (35:24).
Dawes crested the first climb up to Tower Number Five [at one mile] with a small but significant gap on his competitors, and continued to extend this lead over the next five miles.
“I went off harder than intended, got a gap in the first half mile, and decided to try and hold it,” he said.
“The middle lap was hard because I went off too hard on the first lap, but the last lap was okay.”
“I was happy to win, I was just trying to be competitive in the race but it’s a long way to go to get back to where I was before – the races are going in the right direction though.”
Louise Perrio took a comfortable victory in the four-mile women’s race, clocking 24:30 en route to a six-mile time of 37:25.
“It’s quite a technical course and I’ve got a slight knee problem so I didn’t feel like really pushing it,” she said.
“Other than that, I was quite happy. The effort felt right, but it was a strange race as I got stuck on my own – a lot of people did really.”
Although Perrio won the women’s race by a significant margin, she had to relinquish her division two honours to under-17 Sam Culverwell, who performed excellently to clock 24:04 over four miles.
Summer Woodhead added to her chain of age group victories, spanning both Guernsey and Hampshire League fixtures, by winning the two-mile under-13 race in a time of 12:27 – over a minute ahead of her nearest rival, Jack Le Tissier (13:35).
With one race remaining and discards to be considered, Dawes is the definite favourite for division one victory.
While Perrio’s status as lead woman is insurmountable, a strong showing from Culverwell in the final race could jeopardise her hopes of winning division two.
The FNB finale will take place on January 20 at the Home Farm near Saumarez Park.
In the interim period, cross country enthusiasts will be able to test their legs over the traditional 4.75-mile ‘Full Course’ on either Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.
A sizeable contingent will also don Guernsey vests for the prestigious Hampshire Cross Country Championships at Fairthorne Manor, Southampton, on Saturday 6 January.
|Date:||December 16, 2017|
|Date:||November 20, 2017|
Thank you to volunteer helpers. Course Markers:- Danny & Joseph Blake, Mikey & Jamie Ingrouille, Ray Scholes, Michael Way, Andrew Watts, Jim De Garis. Check-in:- Alun & Rosie Williams. Timekeepers/Finish Judges:- Linda Moroney, Hazel Solway, Mick Perrio, Pete Wickins. Marshalls Tom Druce & Sam Holden. Canteen Alan Rowe & Ove Svejstrup.