11 Jan

Hard Graft At Naunton

race briefing at the Naunton Nearly 19

There was some serious calorie burning in the Cotswolds at Sunday’s (8 Jan) Naunton Nearly 19 with the aid of hills, mud and fog. This 18.3-mile race was the ideal way to shed the extra pounds gained due to the Christmas excesses, with a challenging course set amidst picturesque countryside.

The 139 runners who turned out for this event faced damp, overcast weather conditions with mist obscuring the views from the hills. They also had thick, cloying mud and tricky, ploughed fields to contend with on a single-loop course that took its toll as time went on. Mandatory kit including waterproofs, map, food/drink and a first aid kit was required due to the weather and the location.  
The race started and finished at Naunton Village Hall in Gloucestershire, taking the participants along a clockwise route that included 1450ft of ascent and a few downhills. They passed through the villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper Slaughter and The Guitings before heading back towards Naunton. 
Tommaso Migliuolo of Cheltenham Harriers was first to cross the line in 2:15:08. Tim Hutchinson of Stratford upon Avon AC followed him in 2:18:48 with teammate Kate Wright taking third place in 2:19:08. This FV50 runner also won the women’s race.  
Gemma Hargraves of Almost Athletes was the second female finisher in 2:20:40 with Jackie Bradshaw of Halesowen AC & C as the third female finisher in 2:32:36.
The last runner finished in 4:49:22.    
This race was organised by Cotswold Running who host several other races in the area, ranging from a half marathon to ultras including a 100-miler and a 3/6/12 hour lap event. 
Photo courtesy of Lilia Pegg.