The only way was up at the new Bourton Hilly Half & 10K (Sunday 16 June) as the field completed a hard morning’s run in the Cotswolds. Cake at the finish made it all worthwhile.
Bourton Roadrunners have organised Humph’s Hilly Half and a winter 10K for several years, both of which are popular with the running community. This year they revamped the route, added a summer 10K and had a new race HQ courtesy of Bourton Vale Cricket Club. The one thing that hadn’t changed was the tough climb known as ‘The Steeps’.
Inclement weather meant a wet start to the new Bourton Hilly Half & 10K as runners were sent on their way at 9am to be faced with ‘The Steeps’ within the first mile. They were treated to views of the superb Gloucestershire countryside before passing through the village of Clapton on the Hill. A long descent followed then on to Bourton where the 10K (one lap) runners finished at the Cricket Club and the half marathoners completed another lap of the course.
It was a clear victory for David Bell of Cirencester AC who won the Hilly Half in 1:14:34. Shona Crombie-Hicks of Tewkesbury RC was Queen of the Hill, winning for the eighth time in 1:30:13.
Callum Roberts was the winner of the Hilly 10K in 36:47. Donna Allen of Hook Norton Harriers was the first female in 43:25.
There were technical t-shirts for the finishers’ and tea and cake at the Cricket Club.
Everyone who completed the Hilly Half or Hilly 10K were offered Early Bird entry to the Bourton 10K in February 2020.
Image courtesy of John Gibson.