Sick Maisch is too good for the rest

ULRIKE MAISCH overcame sickness to win £2,500 as first woman home at the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon.

Guernsey’s outstanding distance athlete Ulrike Maisch breasts the tape to win the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon at the finish at Weighbridge Square. (Picture by Rob Currie, 19484299)
Guernsey’s outstanding distance athlete Ulrike Maisch breasts the tape to win the Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon at the finish at Weighbridge Square. (Picture by Rob Currie, 19484299)

And to cap a fine day for the Sarnian distance runners in the sister isle, a squad comprising Lee Merrien, Mike Wilesmith, Dave Emery, Jason James and Richard Friedrich – the last-named the husband of Maisch – won the relay event within the main race.

Maisch, the one-time European marathon champion and a previous winner of the Guernsey title, crossed the finish line at Weighbridge Square in a time of 2-57.28.

‘The race was really tough because I’ve been a bit sick this week,’ she said.

‘The training over the year was OK and I thought I could go for 2-55, but there was quite a lot of things happening over the last week and I felt really tired.

‘The first half was really tough, going uphill but then downhill I recovered and saw the other two ladies with about 12k to go – it pushed me a bit, I kept my pace and it worked out well.’

The men’s race was won by Kenyan Hillary Chirchir in 2-22.32.

James de Garis marked his marathon debut by finishing as the leading Sarnian, clocking 2-51.

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