UK veteran dominates as marathon returns

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Veteran Payne (49), who won the men’s race by taking an early lead and then stretching the pace, finished in 2 hr 44.33 min.

Ladies’ winner Buckle, who finished ninth overall, came home in 3 hr 3.47 sec – and was immediately sick.

‘It wasn’t the first time,’ she said afterwards.

‘I’m usually sick at the end of a marathon.

I would have liked to have run under three hours but I felt comfortable after 12 miles and although I didn’t like the crosswind, during the last five miles, I’d like to come back again next year.

‘I’d been told that the hill (Waterworks Valley) was only a mile long – but it seemed five miles at least, if not longer! ‘I have had a great day and I will be back to defend my title next season.

I think I can run faster.’ Buckle caught Jersey’s Glenda Illing around the eight-mile mark, and after tracking her, and overtaking her, she was always in control.

So, too, was Payne, although he became ‘lonely at the Railway Walk.

The crowd helped me on; and it was a nice feeling, knowing that I can win a race like this at my age.’ Payne runs up to 100 miles a week and only heard about the marathon when he was on holiday in Jersey last year.

He didn’t expect to win; believes he can run much quicker than this; and will be back next year to defend his title.

Blind runner Henry Wanyoike, from Kenya, was second, while his running buddy – and fellow villager – Joseph Kibunja was third.

The pair, attached by a rope tied to their wrists, both finished in 2 hr 52 min 7 sec.

First Jersey resident home was Chris Townsin, from St Martin, who has only recently taken up running – and had no idea he was as high up the ranking as fourth (arguably third if the two Kenyans were counted as a single entry) – until he crossed the line.

Meanwhile, probably the best-known Jerseyman to finish high up was footballer Danny Bosio, sixth, in 2.56.44.

He overtook Spartan Jerry Keen with less than a mile to go.

Keen, who is passionate about his running, fell close to the finish and although he eventually completed the 26-mile plus course, he had cuts to his body and head and was so pale and shaken that he spent the next half an hour plus in the care of the St John Ambulance in a recovery tent.

He was shadowed over the closing stages by St John Ambulance volunteers and a member of the public – a great show from runner and first aid workers.

As for Bosio, this was his marathon debut.

‘I’ve been training in spells along the whole course, and have run up to 20 miles at any one time,’ he said.

‘I hit the wall, I think, at Les Quennevais I’ve done it once but I’m not going to do it again.

I wanted to “”tick the box”” for a marathon before I’m 30.

I’m 29.

You won’t see me doing this again!’ Second lady home was Jersey’s Glenda Illing who, at her first attempt at the distance, achieved a time of 3 hr 18 min.

Spartan member Sue Le Ruez, who is 51 years old, finished third in the women’s race despite having been injured three week’s ago and having done very little training since then.

She ran the last Jersey marathon in 1986 aged 31 in a time of 3 hr 26 min- but yesterday she ran quicker, finishing in 3 hr 23 min.

‘It is remarkable when you look at it like that,’ she said.

‘But I have run about 14 marathons in other places inbetween – my best time is 3 hr 5 min.’ Spartans’ Rob Douglas (43) was seventh and despite ‘running into the crosswinds when my legs had gone’ reckons he’ll run again in another year’s time.

‘This was my 30th marathon; I’ve been running for the last 25 years so I’m not about to give up now,’ he said; while the relay event was won by a French team under the captaincy of Kevin Lalleman.

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