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Steph Twell shines in Guernsey

Steph Twell shines in Guernsey

Easter festivals produce competitive results while hammer thrower Jake Norris and London Marathon-bound Marc Scott impress elsewhere

Road and multi-terrain

EY EASTER RUNNING FESTIVAL, Guernsey, March 29 – April 1

Olympian Steph Twell returned to the island to defend her title and did so in style from Aldershot team-mate Louise Small, Martin Duff reports.

For the men, there were different winners to the races as, after Callum Tharme took the opening 5km, it was Max Milarvie who annexed the cross-country and 10km road races to secure a series victory.

As the weekend unfolded the prize money mounted up with each race there was £100 on offer to the winner and £100 for the series overall. Twell came out of the weekend £400 to the good and Milarvie £350.

Race 1, 5km road, L’Aree to Vazon, March 29

Existing course records were smashed by both men’s winner Tharme and Guernsey regular Twell in the opening event of the Festival.

Callum Tharme (Chris George)

In what were described as ‘arguably perfect’ conditions and in Channel Islands Easter sunshine, the strong winds helped and Twell, ably backed up by Aldershot team-mate and another regular on the island, Louise Small, won the women’s section in 16:00.

The winning time broke the many-time European cross country medallist’s own course record by five seconds but Small, the three-time English National silver medallist, chased her throughout before finishing just four seconds down in 16:04.

Tharme was part of a three-man breakaway that included Dulwich Runners’ Milarvie and Aldershot’s Joe Morwood.

The course record for men stood at 14:58 to Guernsey’s own Dan Galpin, but the first four home all bettered that time.

At the tape it was Tharme, who was fourth in the 2022 Scottish Short Course Championships, who got home ahead of Milarvie by just two seconds in 14:28, with Morwood a further two seconds down.

Overall: 1 C Tharme (Cambus) 14:28; 2 M Milarvie (Dulw R) 14:30; 3 J Morwood (AFD) 14:32; 4 C Bain (Guern) 14:54; 5 R Weston (Guern) 15:05; 6 R Bartram (VP&TH) 15:10; 7 A Rowe (Guer) 15:12; 8 J Priest (Guer) 15:24; 9 L Holmes (Jers, U17) 15:31; 10 E Carney (Jers, U17) 15:32; 11 E Woodhead (Guer Tri) 15:36; 12 D Galpin (Guer) 15:42; 13 G Carney (Jers, U17) 15:46; 14 A Dart (Brack) 15:48; 15 I Bate (W Tempo) 15:50

M45: 1 M Jamieson (Guern) 15:33; 2 D Holmes (Vegan) 16:35

M55: 1 A Roe (Guer) 17:56

M60: 1 D Lancaster (York) 20:36

M70: 1 C O’Neill (Guer) 21:51

U20: 1 T Le Cheminant (Guern) 16:53

Women: 1 S Twell…

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