Bourton Half - 2nd July 2023
ROBINSON MAKES IT A DOUBLE!
Ben Robinson of Bristol & West AC was the clear winner at the Bourton Half Marathon on Sunday morning, organised by Bourton Roadrunners Club as part of its three-race charitable fund raising series. The race was part of the Gloucestershire AAA Road Race series and was also the County half marathon championship.
Robinson led the race from start and despite the hilly challenges, with the route taking the runners from Greystones Nature Reserve in Bourton on the Water, through the villages of Farmington, Sherborne and Clapton on the Hill, before returning to Bourton. He stunned the crowds and other runners by completing the 13.1 miles in a brilliant 70 minutes and 59 seconds. No stranger to Bourton, Robinson had previously treated the locals to a dramatic win at the Bourton Mile in May this year. Will he return in February for the Bourton 10k to claim his hat-trick?
Joe Willgoss of CLC Striders was second (76:19) and Max Thompson of Cheltenham & County Harriers third (79:09). Bourton Roadrunners’ Danny Hannig knocked nearly a minutes from his PB, finishing fifth overall, in a blistering 81:06 - congratulations to Danny.
The first woman was Jane Fairbairn of Cheltenham & County Harriers in 94 minutes and 9 seconds, with Fleur Peoples an unattached runner second (94:23) and Joanna Musk of Cirencester AC third (96:05). Bourton’s Liz Hulcup accompanied the tail-runner around course but was still able to win second in her age category for Gloucestershire AAA Championships.
Gloucester AC won the men's team prize and Running Somewhere Else the women's prize. The full race result is available to download.
Parkruns - 1st July 2023
On the social side of running, members were taking part in a number of parkrun events on Saturday, including the following locations:
Cheltenham Pittville Park: John Harding – 25:23 (MV65/1 and course PB), Chris Dry – 25:44.
Chipping Norton: Matt Price – 26:23 (SM30/1 and course PB).
Cirencester: Linda Edwards – 31:44.
Stratford-upon-Avon: Susan Hunt – 24:31 (LV55/3).
Congratulation to Bourton Roadrunners’ Danny Hannig, who finished 5th overall, smashing his PB with a sizzling 1:21:06.
Bourton Roadrunners’ Danny Hannig finishing 5th at Bourton Half.
Penny, Peter and Mark of Stroud & District AC.
Friends Naomi, Elli, Tim, Richard, Mark, Elizabeth and Francis (l-r).
The full results from the 2023 Bourton Half are available to download from LuSH Race Timing.
The list of prize winners for the 2023 race is available to download.
Other reports may be found on our recent race reports page.