Bourton 10k - 25th February 2018
The cold weather didn’t deter a record number of people from running the Bourton 10k road race on 25 February. A total 545 completed the course, enjoying the bright morning sunshine and windless conditions.
In the men’s race, David Bell from Cirencester AC took an early lead and dominated the first half of the race only to be clawed-back by Will Ferguson from CLC Striders who won in a time of 32 minutes and 18 seconds. David came 3rd (32:39) having been caught by last year’s winner Alex Lee (32:30) from Cheltenham Harriers.
The ladies’ race was dominated from start to finish by Jenny Nesbitt from Worcester AC, who was delighted to win the race in 33:23, finishing 6th overall. Kate Maltby, Bristol and West AC, came 2nd in 34:30 and last year’s winner, Rachel Fenton from Shaftesbury Barnett Harriers, was 3rd in 34:47.
Cirencester AC won both the men’s and ladies’ team prizes, where points are awarded to the first 3 runners home for each club.
Bourton Roadrunners club members performed well on the day. The ladies team came 2nd and there were a number personal best times over the distance. First home for Bourton was Cal Winwood who was 15th overall in 35:11. Victoria Briggs, in her first race for Bourton, ran superbly to finish 5th senior lady in 37:04.
There were also terrific Bourton performances from: Joe Armstrong, 38:52; Steph Lane, 39:55; Niamh Shoemark, 40:53 (PB and 2nd lady vet 50); Rosanna Mutsaars, 43:43 (PB); Gary Holton, 49:41 (PB); Linda Edwards, 52:15; Alan Gibson, 53:20; Naomi Robinson, 54:46.
Race director, Ian Shoemark was pleased with another successful event: “We're very proud of our 10k and try to make it a positive experience for everyone who enters”, he said. “We know runners hold the event close to their hearts as many loyal people return each year and we’re very grateful to Bourton residents and visitors for tolerating the road closures and disruption to make this happen”, he added.
With the race entry having filled within 37 minutes, and 545 runners completing the course on a bitterly cold day, signals that the Club still hosts a very popular event.
Congratulations go to CLC Striders’ Will Ferguson and Worcester’s Jenny Nesbitt, the winners of the race, and for the entertainment that they provided to everyone.
CLC Striders’ Will Ferguson, the race winner.
Worcester’s Jenny Nesbitt, the ladies’ winner and 6th overall.
Other reports may be found on our recent race reports page.