GUERNSEY FES­TI­VAL

Louise Per­rio and Ryan Burl­ing win the Chan­nel Is­land’s Easter race se­ries

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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

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