– By Jamie Ingrouille
Three of Guernsey’s Eastleigh-bound athletes challenged themselves
with a spontaneous trail race following their target event’s
unfortunate cancellation due to heavy snow.
The Eastleigh 10k remains a popular target for many athletes seeking
fast times, and its cancellation disappointed many GAC members who had
travelled over the previous day with the intention of competing.
However, Andrew McArthur, Michael Way and Danny Blake instead tested
their race-ready legs over the uneven trails of the New Forest Running
Festival 10k, each producing top-10 finishes.
McArthur, who led the Guernsey trio home in 3rd (43:30), said:
“Following the cancellation of Eastleigh 10k, it was a really good way
to not miss out on the weekend and not let our race prep go to waste.”
“It was fun, but it will probably not be a regular part of the
(racing) climate. If I lived 30 or 40 miles away, would I drive to the
race (again)? Probably, yes.”
Blake and Way finished 5th (44:49) and 9th (48:13) respectively, with
the former being particularly awestruck by the 20-strong haras of
horses that seemingly appeared out of nowhere after the start.
Each runner was satisfied with their performance, losing no more than
a few minutes to the race’s challenging conditions and terrain.
Although many of Guernsey’s endurance athletes were treating the Eastleigh
10k as a target race, the upcoming Easter Festival provides an ideal
opportunity for these athletes and many others who are seeking fast
The Easter Festival kicks off on Friday 30 March, with the first event
being the road 5k that has become known for producing particularly
In the meantime, the Home Countries International on 24 March provides
a welcome end to the cross country season for a select few athletes.