The ATC ended with the 500m hill climb and 6.5km Herm race.
The hill climb from the Saints Bay Kiosk to La Barbarie hotel, is particularly brutal on what is probably Guernsey’s steepest road and the power athletes came to the fore.
In division 5, Matt Bain held the fastest time for over half an hour as the athletes came up the hill at 1 minute intervals in reverse order with 2.25 but Matt Drillot obliterated this with 2.08. John Norman edged the best time down to 2.03 before last man Matt Loveridge, virtually sealed his overall win with a very impressive 1.48. Whilst 800m man Loveridge, would have been expected to win, his dominance was quite extraordinary.
In the women’s race Nicola Smith and Dani Gavet set the early pace before the first three overall came up the hill and Emma Beardsall had the fastest time of 3.09 before overall leader Mel Nicolle became the only one to beat 3 minutes with 2.59.
On the final night in Herm there was a “last day of the Tour de France” feel about it with most of the divisions all but settled. After the very tough first stage the Herm race was a little easier than in the past, although it still took in the climbs on the south and east cliffs and Belvoir Hill before going along the soft sand at Shell Beach.
Carl Holden won his third stage after Matt Loveridge had led much of the way but Loveridge crossed the line only 10 metres behind to seal the overall win. Mel Nicolle extended her already massive lead and Dom Heaume, Adam Dorey, Craig Le Lerre, Rob Toms and Emily Le Prevost one divisions 2-6 respectively.
Day 5 -Matt Loveridge fought back to add another 15 seconds to his lead. After holding second place Carl Holden on the first half of the course he managed to gain a few seconds on the final climb up the Saints Harbour steps.
In division 2, football star Dom Heaume produced the 7th fastest time of the day to take over one minute out of leader Jamie Ingrouille and establish and good lead ahead of the final two stages.
Mel Nicolle further emphasised her dominance of the women’s race by finishing a massive four minutes ahead of second place Sabrina Amy.
Tomorrow’s sixth stage is the hill climb from Saints Bay cafe to just short of La Barbarie Hotel, only five hundred metres but a brutal course.
Day 4 –Carl Holden hit back to win the 5km circuit race at Saumarez Park with overall leader Matt Loveridge 7 seconds back in second. This cut the lead to 57 seconds and leaves all to play for with the 8km cliff path time trial on Thursday.
With Loveridge likely to win the hill climb on the penultimate day, Holden will be anxious to put in a big performance to close the gap ahead of the final day in Herm.
Mel Nicolle still leads the women’s race
Day 3 –Tuesday’s track required the competitors to run an 800m followed some 45 minutes later by a 400m.
Unsurprisingly, as the Island’s best middle distance runner, Matt Loveridge posted the fastest times over both distances and took another 18 seconds out of Carl Holden to extend his overall lead to over a minute.
Island footballer Dom Heaume took over at the top of Division 2 courtesy of some strong running but Matt Drillot was actually the Division 2 winner beating Heaume in both races and was third fastest overall over 400m behind Loveridge and Holden
Mel Nicolle continued her dominance of the women’s category and further down the field strong performances from Matt Bain and Rob Toms pushed them to podium paces in Division 5.
Day 2 – After a brutal first stage which was undoubtedly the hardest single day in the 20 year history of the All Terrain Challenge, the race moved on to the undulating road between Pleinmont and the Fairy Ring.
4km of time trialing with a random start list meant that is was a flat out run as competitors had no idea of how their nearest rivals were doing.
When the times were compiled, Carl Holden came out on top with a creditable 13 minutes 17 seconds,9 seconds clear of Matt Loveridge who after winning stage one, retained the overall lead.
First lady was Mel Nicolle, with Sabrina Amy second and Emma Beardsall third.
Tomorrow gives the opportunity for the speed merchants to shine with the track event at Foote’s lane with competitors running one 800m race followed by a 400m and although short some significant time gaps could appear.
Day 1 of the 7 race series provided probably the toughest course ever encountered in a Guernsey event.
Whilst the cliff path race from Petit Bot was only around 9km it included climbs out of Petit Bot, Saints Bay, Moulin Huet and Saints Harbour and reduced even the top runners to a pace normally associated with a much longer race.
With last year’s winner Jason James, unable to take part due to injury it left the second and third placers from 2015 to battle out for victory and Matt Loveridge came home almost a minute clear of Carl Holden but with Esmond Brown only 2 seconds further adrift in third.
In the ladies’ race, Mel Nicolle ran strongly to finish 2 minutes clear of Sabrina Amy with Emma Beardsall in third.
With the toughest race of the Challenge out of the way, Day 2 is a 4km road time trial.
The OSA Recruitment All-Terrain Challenge 2016 takes place over seven days, commencing on Sunday 17th July. Entry forms are now out and available for download at the bottom of this webpage.
As last year, a cashback is being offered for entries (with full payment) received by 16th June 2016. The ATC provides a unique racing experience – 7 early evening races in 7 days over varying terrains and distances. Split into divisions it offers competitive racing for all ages (min 18) and abilities. Minimum age 18.
The make-up of this year’s series has now been confirmed and kicks off with a 10km cliff path race at Petit Bot, followed by a 4km road race at Guernsey’s south-west tip Pleinmont on Monday. Tuesday’s track night at Footes Lane is next and a 5km circuit race around Saumarez Park is on the menu for Wednesday. Thursday will see a time-trial format on the cliffs at Icart – and the final Guernsey-based event is a gruelling 500m hill climb at Saints Bay. Herm will again bring the curtain down on the week with a 6km cross country race.
|Date:||July 25, 2016|
|Date:||July 26, 2015|