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Dawes wins new Guernsey marathon

Steve Dawes
Dawes finished the race in under two-and-three-quarters hours

Local athlete Steve Dawes led from start to finish in the first full marathon to be staged in Guernsey for 17 years.

Dawes, who won two medals at the 2009 Island Games, finished the course in two hours 43 minutes and 54 seconds.

"The last five miles was a real struggle and I thought I must have been getting caught," said Dawes.

"I was surprised by how much support there was... it was good weather for marathon running - not too hot."

The first woman was Devon-based Heather Foundling-Hawker, the British 100km champion who won even after taking a few wrong turnings.

"I was concerned when I'd realised I'd gone wrong because I thought these little nippers they can catch me up and I thought well I hope I can recover," said Foundling-Hawker.

"I did, but it's quite a mental stress to be honest."

There was one wheelchair competitor in the marathon, Andre Reece-Sherrin, who finished the course in around three and a half hours, despite falling from his chair at one point.