In second place, only four seconds behind, was triathlete Tim Rogers while in third place was promising youngster, more used to the track, Ian Carter.Coote, who represented Jersey in the half marathon in the recent Island Games, ran an intelligent race, knowing if it came to a sprint finish both Rogers or Carter might have the edge.
So, at 6 km, he made a break, increased the pace and maintained it for the win.The ladies’ race was a different affair, as Melissa Messervy took the lead from the start and used her strength and experience on the hills to pull away from the field, even though a fast-finishing newcomer to the sport, Sue Le Gros, almost ran her down as she finished second, ahead of Glenda Illing.Age group category winners were – Vet male 40+: Artur Pires (36.33).
Vet male 50+: Peter Le Couilliard (36.09).
Male 60+: Geoff Bourne (41.38).
Lady 35+: Sarah Bruce (40.02).
Lady 45+: Sue Le Ruez (41.52).
Lady 55+: Ellen Barr (45.45).From a record field of 172 runners there were also nine members of the Leonis Boxing Club, who were using the race as part of their pre-season training.There were many PBs set during the race although special mention should be given to 67-year-old Shirley Rowe who finished in 57.52.At the prizegiving race organiser John Cunningham thanked race sponsors Wheways Sports for their support.