Despite less than perfect conditions Deeside runner James Espie flagged the possibility that the near 30 year old record of 1 hr 44 minutes for the full cliff path “Dogbreaker” route may come under outside pressure over the next few years.
The wind was predominantly behind competitors but the wet underfoot conditions slowed the runners and Espie’s produced a clear winning run of 1:50:15. “the conditions were Ok underfoot, I slipped a bit on some of the muddy sections but I think that time may be achievable”.
Espie, a sub 33 minute 10k runner, also raced the Guernsey parkrun event the previous day and finished in an impressive 16 minutes 51 seconds.
James De Garis, though second in this closing race of the four event series was a clear series winner ahead of Kirk Bourgaize who was fourth on the day, behind Aivis Kergalvis. Leading veteran Danny Blakes excellent run of 2:18:42 caught the eye and was a 25 minute improvement on his performance of last year. Dave Dyke, who has been impressively mixing cycling and running of late, returned back to the sport he first made his name and was the first supervet in 6th.
Caroline Creed also belied her years and ran superbly again for a top 10 overall placing and led the women home in 2:27:57. Seven minutes clear of Louise Smith – who altered her race plans following the cancellation of the swim-run event scheduled for the same day. Karen Farman was third woman.
There were 38 finishers including septuagenarians Roger Naftel and Ray Scholes.
|Date:||October 14, 2018|
Thanks are extended to JPs runners for their help in staging this series particularly those who helped mark, water station or timekeep in this final event (sometimes more than one duty!) including but not limited to Michelle Torode, Carol Le Carpentier, J-P Mace, Rosie and Abbie, Karen Robinson, Dawn Scholes, Brian O’Meara…and more.