There wasn’t any swanning around by the finishers at Sunday’s (15 April) Gords 6 in Herefordshire. They made every effort to avoid hissing riverbank residents at this 10th anniversary commemorative race.
Organised by Wye Valley Runners, the Gords 6 race is held to remember the life of Gordon Clements, a founder member of the club and an outstanding athlete. Gordon passed away eight years ago but his memory lives on through this race with all proceeds going to a local cause. Hope Support Services was the chosen charity this year.
The race started at 11am from Fownhope Recreation Park with runners following a multi-terrain course around the ancient Caplor Hill fort. They enjoyed the beautiful Herefordshire countryside including a section alongside the River Wye and home to swans with an attitude but thankfully, there was no ‘fowl’ play.
Andrew Salt of Croft Ambrey RC won this anniversary special in 42:32 followed by Barry Reynolds of Hereford Couriers in 43:04. Luke Gray of Monross Trailblazers was third in 46:10.
In the women’s race, Fern Cotterill of Ludlow Runners was first home in 49:22. Laura Tootell of Wye Valley Runners was second in 54:05 with Kelly Bowen of Croft Ambrey RC third in 55:42.
There were two children’s races that started at 10.30am with 2K for the over 8’s and 1K for under 8’s. A vote of thanks goes to third lady Laura Tootell who paced the youngsters to a sprint finish in the 2K race.
This small but popular event is known for not only its route but the excellent tea and cakes afterwards. New for this year was a T-shirt for every finisher plus a bottle of beer from (ironically) Swan Brewery.
Photo courtesy of Juliet Moxon.