Louise Perrio and Ryan Burling win the Channel Island’s Easter race series
WITH a larger than customary mainland contingent, the Easter Festival saw record fields in some events, although many gave the muddy and windswept cross-country course at L’Ancresse Common on Saturday a miss.
However, more than 200 contested the 5km, relay and 10km in sometimes miserable weather.
The programme kicked off with the 5km in wet, if windless conditions and Eleanor Davis quickly confirmed her favourite’s tag with a women’s victory in 16:29.
The 29-year-old, fresh from a PB 33:42 win in the Cardiff Bay 10km five days earlier, relegated last year’s overall women’s champion Louise Perrio to second, more than a minute in arrears.
Local runner Ryan Burling had things very much his own way at the head of a near 250-strong field as he improved the 5km course record here for the fourth time recently with a gun-to-tape victory. The 24-year-old won by nearly a minute over junior Guernsey clubmates Richard Bartrum and Dan Galpin in 15:15.
In windswept conditions and in contrast to the still
Good Friday race, Burling then enjoyed a similar margin of victory in the Keith Falla Memorial 4.75 mile crosscountry race on L’Ancresse Common on Easter Saturday.
Galpin and Bartrum swopped places but were again in the minor positions, after Galpin had pressured the eventual winner in the early stages.
Perrio retained her stranglehold over the muddy and blustery course as
Davis opted to miss the event and the 35-year-old was also in form for the knockabout Sunday relay with a 5:15 clocking that put her on course to retain her series award.
Dan Galpin gave a Guernsey quartet an opening leg lead with 4:47 and his team-mates from the Home Countries International the previous weekend, Sammy Galpin, Alex Rowe and Richard Bartram, extended the lead to 90 seconds by the finish, as a record 50 teams completed the race.
Rowe, 18, upset the established order to post the quickest one mile relay split with a 4:44 clocking.
The 10km event on Easter Monday gave Burling another big win, this time in 31:50, as runner-up Galpin secured the overall junior men’s award with a 34:04 10km PB ahead of Cheltenham’s Andy Van Kints.
There was a second road race win for Davis, whose 34:43 was outside her PB but gave her a three-minute victory over Perrio, who duly retained her title. Grice was top junior in second on the day.
Sammy Galpin, Alex Rowe, Dan Galpin and Richard Bartram: winners of the crosscountry 4x1 mile relay
Ryan Burling: tackling the Keith Falla cross-country race
Eleanor Davis: successful weekend
Ryan Burling: overall winner
Ryan Burling and Louise Perrio: victorious in Guernsey
Runners tackle the final race of the weekend over 10km
Another day and another win for Eleanor Davis
Braving the conditions: Louise Perrio