Guernsey dominate Hampshire Cross-Country Championships

Individual champion Lee Merrien (left) with Guernsey's winning men's team
Individual champion Lee Merrien (left) with Guernsey's winning men's team

Guernsey's strength in depth at running has been highlighted by their unprecedented success at the Hampshire cross-country championships, according to coach Paul Ingrouille.

The island won men's and women's team gold, while Olympic marathon runner Lee Merrien won the men's title.

Sarah Mercier took silver in the women's race at the annual event.

"It shows the hard work of the whole sport over a number of years," Ingrouille told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It's great having Lee Merrien there, but even if he hadn't been there we had a seventh runner that still would have ensured we would have won team gold.

"It's more about the strength of your fifth, sixth, seventh-best runners rather than your best."

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