Congratulations go to our Team Powerhouse of Matthew Malorey, Gregor Wake, Andy Kemp and Alan Teeling who finished first in the State Street Round Island Relay last weekend in a time of 8hrs 11mins They raised £162 in sponsorship which the Company matched. All keen runners, the four aimed to run the full 48.1 miles, which includes 4,000ft of climbing, targeting the Relay record of 7hrs 56min.
Matthew Malorey started out at 3am departing Elizabeth Terminal for La Collette then onward via the coast road to Gorey and St Catherine before handing over the baton before sunrise at 4:30am. Andy covered the next 10.5mile-leg from St Catherine to Les Fontaines on the north coast, passing through Fliquet, Le Coupe, Rozel, Bouley Bay, Le Platon and Bonne Nuit in a little under 2hrs before he passed over to Alan.
The target time was now in their sights as Alan, who had one of the longer sections pushed, on through Devils Hole, Greve, Plemont, Les Landes and St Ouen along to Le Braye, mopping up the remaining solo runners early on in his leg. The near perfect conditions now started to warm up with the sun beating down on all in its path. Organisers had not anticipated seeing competitors this early and had yet to receive their water rations so Alan ran his 13.1miles with the 1/2 litre he was carrying himself.
After 2hrs and 20mins hard running he was at Le Braye to hand over the baton to Gregor for the final leg. Gregor now needed to run 13.3miles, passing through Corbiere, Beau Port, St Brelade, Quaisne Common, Noirmont and St Aubin before the finish line at Castle Quay in a little over 2hrs.
Over this course that was a lot to ask with Gregor crossing the finish line to the applause of his team and family, to bring Team Powerhouse home in 8hrs and 11mins giving them line honours in the 2018 event. The Team had a fantastic day out with some great support at all the checkpoints in this community event. Now in its 28th Year, the event has seen more than 30,000 participants who have raised £2.5m for local charities.