Island take lion’s share

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Run over a tough course over the sand dunes at Les Quennevais, Jersey won eight individual and eight team trophies against Guernsey to delight the runner and official.

Guernsey’s men’s team victory was their 15th in succession.

Woodsford said: ‘I’m delighted with the results; last year Guernsey’s club president Rob Batiste said he was concerned with the emergence of Jersey’s runners and so it proved.

‘I’ve nothing but praise for everyone who ran; it’s a very tough five-and-a-quarter mile course; I should know as I recently fell off a ladder at work and finished last!

‘Our women were absolutely fantastic.

We had four finishers in the first five, led home by Jo Gorrod who came up trumps again to retain her title.

‘The emergence of Catherine Hutton is also making a big difference to the team.

Yes, the women did exceptionally well.

‘We knew it was going to be tough for the men, Guernsey have some fine athletes and although we grouped well during the race Guernsey went on to take the first five places.

‘Andy Murfin was our first runner home in 36 minutes and 22 seconds which was some three minutes and 24 seconds behind the winner.

‘We have been boosted by numerous triathletes taking part in our events.

They are more than welcome and we are only following what Guernsey have done for years.

‘They are also helping bring the age of our team down; that’s great and it’s only going to make us more competitive in the future.


‘Our vets and super vets also excelled.

Jo ‘Gorrod’ and Peter ‘Le Couilliard’ are natural runners in the sand, they really make it look easy when it’s so tough for others.

‘Unfortunately we had no under-17 runners but under that we are strong and if athletes remain with us then I can only see Jersey going from strength to strength.’

Woodsford also praise the performances of Ana Goncalves on her first run, taking a couple of notable scalps, while 14-year-old Felicity Johnson-Deeley impressed to win the under-15 girls’ race in a time that beat the winner of the under-17 girls’ race.’

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