It was back to school for Alex Miller with a win for the second year running at the Burford Bolt 10K on Sunday (16 July). He dashed across the finish line in 37:05.
The motivational signs along the route inspired the Belgrave Harrier to victory and a PB, knocking nearly a minute off his 2016 time. Ben Sendall followed him in 38:41 with Graham Smith taking third place in 39:31.
Lucy Rogers was first lady in a time of 43:37 with Lesley Whiley of Reading Road Runners coming second in 48:53. Debbie Channer of Vale of Aylesbury AC was third in 50:46.
Runners at the mature end of the spectrum dominated the top 10 results, in particular Brian Bower of Marlow Striders who won his age category (M60-69) in 50:41. Brian is an Operations Manager at Runner’s Retreat and proved that age is just a number.
In the 5K, Zac Randall of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers was first across the line in 17:38. Nicki Johnson was the fastest lady in 22:54.
The event was held to raises funds to purchase IT equipment for Burford School. It was organised by race director Samantha Amend, who’s a GB elite athlete at marathon and ultra-marathon distance, along with head teacher Ian Garner and Burford Race Management. Phil Moggridge was in charge of the marshals who the runners praised for their support and encouragement.
Former Olympian, Sport Relief coach and renowned Sports Scientist Greg Whyte OBE presented the awards, adding a celebrity touch to the event.