Kowenicki stuns local field

NOBODY could have predicted the Boxing Day podium placings at L’Ancresse yesterday morning.

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Richard Kowenicki closes in on the finish

NOBODY could have predicted the Boxing Day podium placings at L’Ancresse yesterday morning.

Lee Merrien was restricted to the role of frustrated bystander as a seasonal cough and cold delayed his comeback to competitive racing and, out of the blue, in the Olympian’s absence it was an unknown islander who took the honours.

Richard Kowenicki, a 34-year-old teacher, ran away from a strong field just short of the one-mile mark and, wearing the vest of Thames Hare & Hounds club, crossed the line first in a handy 25min. 35sec., finishing 42sec. clear of runner-up Danny Ray.

Holidaying Serpentine AC runner Rick Weston took third spot having started out as arguably the pre-race favourite on the back of his 5k track victory at Footes Lane back in the summer.