Sunday 5th September
all photos below by PJ
Irene George, Dave Mackey, Marie Jackson, Sean Hands, John Cannell, Jock Waddinton, Vinny Lynch, Maureen Cox, Michael George, Terry Bates, Simon Cox
Isle of Man walkers in action just seconds after the start on the South Esplanade in St Peter Port l-r John Cannell (7), Maureen Cox (27), Sean Hands (39), Simon Cox (4), Dave Mackey (9), Marie Jackson (25), Jock Waddington (2)
Michael George (right) -First ever Manx winner of this classic Guernsey walk which has been held annually since 1936. Michael is pictured with his wife Irene who exceeded all her expectations to finish in 4hrs 23m 33s. Michael and Irene’s son Terence (centre) cycled round the course supporting both Mum and Dad.
Marie Jackson won the ladies race completing the testing 19.4mile course in 3hrs 19m 46s and recording the second fastest time ever by a lady.
Simon & Maureen Cox won the Husband and Wife (first couple to finish) Trophy. Simon finished 13th in 3hrs 31min 56s and Maureen was 3rd lady finisher and 18th overall.
Left; John Cannell crosses the line in 27th place in 4hr 11m 54s Right; Manx Harriers team mate Irene George was next to reach the finish 12 minutes later.
A local plot to foil the Isle of Man challenge by changing the race direction arrows ended in chaos for Vinny Lynch, Sean Hands and Jock Waddington. Jock finished in 4th place in 3hr 04m 11s, Vinny 6th exacltly 4 minutes behind and Sean was 8th in 3hr 14m 25s.
Aisle be back! Manx walkers have vowed to return for next year’s Church to Church Walk in Guernsey after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of social and racewalking action. l-r; Jock Waddington, Michael George, Irene George, Sean Hands, Maureen Cox, Vinny Lynch, Dave Mackey, Marie Jackson, John Cannell, Simon Cox.
First Team Prize went to Manx Harrriers and the first three counters l-r Sean Hands, Michael George and Marie Jackson. Local club Sarnia WC were second and Isle of Man Veteran Athletes’ Club third.
Just enough time for last minute rehearsals for a late entry in the Guernsey’s Got Talent auditions on Sunday night
One of the race sponsors was Relate. Thankfully PJ thought on, and made a note of the phone number……
Guernsey Press coverage -scanned image – click here to open, save file and rotate image view