Great Britain's Lee Merrien to run at 2015 Island Games

Lee Merrien running for Guernsey
Lee Merrien has won nine Island Games gold medals at the 2009 Island Games in Aland

Great Britain runner Lee Merrien will run at the 2015 Island Games.

The 35-year-old, who ran the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics and 2011 World Championships, has not competed for Guernsey at the Games since he in 2011.

"It's one of the events that I've earmarked," he told BBC Guernsey.

Merrien has just recovered from a stress fracture in his back which in Glasgow.

"It might not be high on the agenda in terms of the bigger picture, but it's always an event that I like to be doing," added Merrien, who missed the 2013 Games in Bermuda because of injury.

He has not lost a race at an Island Games since 2003, when he was beaten by Gotland's Joakim Daun in the 800m at his home track in Guernsey.

Lee Merrien's Island Games record
2011: Gold - Half-marathonGold - Half-marathon (team)2009: Gold - 5,000m *Gold - 1,500m *
2007: Gold - 5,000mGold - 1,500m *2005: Gold - 5,000mGold - 1,500mGold - 4x400m relay
2003: Gold - 1,500m *Silver - 800m2001: Silver - 1,500mBronze - 800m
1999: Silver - 4x400mFourth - 800mSeventh - 1,500m1997: Fifth - 5,000mSixth - 1,500m
* denotes Island Games record

Merrien made his Island Games debut in Jersey 18 years ago, and says his rival Channel Island should provide a very strong event.

"I think Jersey will be a really good Island Games," he said. "Somewhere like Bermuda sounds a little bit fancy, but realistically it's a lot of expense and for a lot of the islands it's a long way to travel, and that can affect the atmosphere.

"I think Jersey will have a really good turnout from the islands and it'll be very competitive as a result, which is good for the event."

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