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Hundreds hit the roads for Father’s Day half-marathon

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FATHER’S DAY got off to blistering start for more than 700 islanders as they took on the Guernsey Dairy Father’s Day Half-Marathon, otherwise known as the Milk Run.

Starting at 9am from L’Eree, entrants headed up the west coast before turning east past L’Ancresse and then onto Town, finishing on the Crown Pier.

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As is tradition, all competitors were given a half-litre of low-fat Guernsey milk when they crossed the finishing line and a finishers medal.

Also this year the first 500 entrants earned a souvenir running vest or T-shirt as part of the competition.

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Ryan Burling was first over the line in a time of 70min. 25sec., while Becky Le Maitre was first woman in 88min.38sec.

Alex Domaille, who started the race with his father Paul, said he enjoyed the experience: ‘[It]Was a really good day out and I am happy with the time, to be honest. It was beautiful up the west coast but it was as you reached the Bridge the wind turned as you did and we were left with a headwind all the way back to Town – which cools you down but is a struggle to run into,’ he said.

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‘My time was 1:38.07 and my dad came in about ten minutes after me, around 1:45, which he is really happy with.’

Improving their times set last year by a long way were Munya Munzwembiri and Tonderai Kahuri, who have been running every event they can since making Guernsey home a few years ago.

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‘It was a very good day today – the run went well, I’ve posted a good time and I’m very happy that I’ve managed to improve. My time was 1:29, which was 25 minutes better than last year,’ said Mr Munzwembiri.

Mr Kahuri was also delighted with his time. ‘I am also very happy with the time that I set, I think I’ve made a 13-minute improvement on last year’s time and I will look to make it even better next year.’

Yves LeMarquand

By Yves LeMarquand
News reporter

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