BUPA Great South Run
Coutances Athletic Club run the Great South 5K race and 2.5K Junior races

Alexandre Lesaulnier in the Great South Run 5KAlexandre Lesaulnier in the Great South Run 5K

The City of Coutances in Normandy, France have for the last 29 years invited Hampshire Athletics to send teams to run in the Coutances International Cross-Country races in November.

This year Hampshire Athletics invited the Coutances Athletic Club to compete in the Great South 5K Race and the 2.5K Junior races which took place on Saturday 26 October 2013.

Unfortunately we could not organise the weather conditions for the French visitors but nevertheless they had a great time being looked after by families of Hampshire athletes.

The French runners did very well despite the conditions of heavy rain and wind.

The star of the Coutances team was Alexandre Lesaulnier who finished the 5K race in 4th position in his category. Alexandre is only 16 years old and must be a future contender for honours in French running. Guillaume Ruel was not far behind Alexandre to finish in 6th position, Leo Langlois finishing strong to take 10th place and Joachim Le Barrilier was 12th.

In the Junior 2.5K race Lambert Samson had a great run to finish in 6th position. Nolwen Bachelet did well to finish in 17th position in the Girls' Junior race.

It was good to see the Coutances Club President Fabrice Freret have a good run in the 5K race finishing in 24th place, with last years' President Francois Lecoeur also running well to take 32nd position.

Report by Graeme Lowndes

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Photos by Christine Benning

Photographs by Marc Lyne on the Winchester & District AC website

Photographs and report on the Bocage Athlétique du Coutançais website

Coutances Results

5K Men

4Alexandre LesaulnierU17M17:39
6Guillaume RuelU17M17:45
10Leo LangloisU17M18:07
12Joachim Le BarillierU17M18:18
24Fabrice FreretM4020:12
32Francois LecoeurM5020:37

2.5K Boys

6Lambert SamsonU15B7:07
13Maxime FreretU15B7:21
19Norman BacheletU15B7:32
45Robien BarbeyU15B8:08
99Valentin LangloisU15B8:56

5K Women

60Manon LetouseyU17W22:25
62Nathalie LesaulnierW4522:36
67Pauline BarbetU20W22:40
88Diane HarengU17W23:19
107Charlotte GirardU17W24:11

2.5K Girls

17Nolwen BacheletU15G8:40
78Alice GosselinU15G10:37