It was a good day to go down to the wood for host club Stroud & District AC who had two reasons to celebrate at the Standish Woodland Chase on Sunday (13 August).
Stroud’s Jack Turner and Lee Stopford were first and second respectively at this tough 9.5-mile race in Gloucestershire with Turner winning in 58:21 followed by Stopford in 1:00:09. Bill Leggate of Cirencester AC took third place in 1:00:20.
Amber Bullingham of Almost Athletes was first lady in 1:12:57 with Chrissie Horak of Gloucester AC second in 1:14:11. Margaret Johnson of Dursley RC was third in 1:15:49.
The last runner crossed the line in 1:57:14 and there were 143 finishers with Almost Athletes fielding the biggest team. Full results are available on our race listings
Woodlands, hills and descents are a feature of this multi-terrain race that follows sections of the Cotswold Way. The route started with an uphill climb for the first mile before heading into the woods for a couple of laps followed by a mile downhill to the finish. The race began at 10am from Horsemarling Farm, Stonehouse in Stroud and had a two hour cut off time from the start.
The Standish Woodland Chase is one of five events organised by Stroud & District AC along with the Stroud Beer Race, Frampton 10K, Woodchester Park and Stroud Half Marathon.
Photo courtesy of Sharon Stevenson.