Gloucestershire AAA Cross-country Champs - 5th January 2019
The Gloucestershire county cross-country championships always draws-out the best runners in the county, providing a real challenge for anyone wishing to test-out their fitness. This year’s event was hosted by Rencomb College, near Cirencester, with a course and entry list worthy of the championship. Twelve Bourton Roadrunners (and a host of Bourton Juniors) took-on the challenge in near-perfect conditions; this being the first event in the club’s own race competition series. The course included multiple crossings of the river that divides the course.
First Bourton man home was Darren Long (MV45) in 42:01 for the 9k course, on the back of an excellent 2018 of racing. Next home was Martin Cook, recovering from a recent ankle injury, finishing in 44:54.
Competitive performances were also displayed by Harry Shore (46:06); Ben (47:08); Nick Harper (52:36) and Chris Dry (64:21). Chris was also returning after a long injury, providing a Chairman's lead to ensure that the club had a full team.
In the ladies main race Diana Dee was first-home for the Club in the 6k, finishing in a superb time of 32:01 and 3rd LV50. She had earlier watched her twin daughters and their younger brother deliver the brilliant performances that we have come to expect. Next home was Susan Hunt in a fine time of 34:57. Gabby Jones, who trains with the Bourton Juniors, gave an excellent performance amongst a very competitive and experience field, finishing strongly in 37:07 (LU20).
Gill Carrick demonstrated her strength and experience, giving a great performance the finish in 39:19 and 2nd LV55. Ellen, one of the club’s newer runners, was taking part in her first County Championship and provided a respectable performance, finishing in 47:55. This race also incorporates the senior vet men’s categories (MV65+). The club’s sole representative this year was David Turnbull, who worked hard throughout and was rewarded with a time of 39:13 (MV65), finishing just ahead of Gill.
Fladbury Festive 5 - 6th January 2019
The Fladbury Festive 5 has become a popular annual fixture with runners local to Evesham, brilliantly organised and benefitting the community by raising funds for the Friends of Fladbury and St Richard’s Hospice. The race is an approximate 5.5 mile course, mainly off road, along the banks of the River Avon, through Fladbury Village and Lower Moor, Worcestershire.
Susan Hunt and Tom Hill took on the muddy but mercifully flat multi-terrain course, which this year had a record entry of close to 200 runners. Susan, having undertaken the challenging County Cross Country course at Rendcomb College less than 24 hours previously, particularly appreciated the relative flatness of the Fladbury course and also the fact that it followed the course of the river, rather than requiring runners to wade through it. Susan finished 3rd FV45 in 45:39 and Tom ran a well-paced race with 48:29.
The finishers’ goody bag included a festive buff and vines of cherry tomatoes, fresh from the nearby greenhouses. Runners were also rewarded with free hot drinks and amazing cakes. The organisers promise that this year there will be a Summer edition of the race, so it will definitely be one to look out for.
12 Bourton Roadrunners take-on the Glos AAA cross-country championships at Rencomb College, near Cirencester.
Gill Carrick earned silver in the LV55 category at the County cross-coss-country champs.
Diana Dee finished 3rd LV50 at Country cross-country champs.
Catch our photo gallery of 28 pictures from the County Cross-country.
Susan Hunt takes on her 2nd off-road race in 24 hours, at the Fladbury Festive 5.
Susan was joined by Tom Hill, at the Fladbury Festival 5.
Susan Hunt at Fladbury Festive 5 - photo by Hannah Mitchell.
Other reports may be found on our recent race reports page.