Ideal running conditions enticed a larger than normal number of competitors to the ninth running of Tadley Runners’ 10 mile race through the pretty country lanes around Baughurst.
182 runners crossed the finish line at the Race HQ, the Hurst Comminity College. The race was won by Tom Bowerman of Aldershot and Farnham District in an impressive 57mins 40s, just under a minute ahead of Cameron Knapp of Tonbridge Athletic Club, who finished in 58mins 37s. Steve Barnes of Newbury AC came in third in 59mins 11s.
The first Vet male over 40, Stephen Jeffery of Basingstoke & Mid Hants, came fourth in 60mins 59s, The over 50 vet prize was awarded to Christopher Pudney of Newbury AC with a time of 68mins 7s, while the over 60 prize went to Michael Sheridan of Team Kennet who managed 65mins 45s.
The first lady home was unattached runner Laura Woodley who finished in fifth place overall, with a brilliant time of 62mins 6s (and also the winner of Tadley Runner’s 10k race in July). Laura was over 8 mins ahead of the second place lady, Lisa Guttwald, of Chineham Park Running Club (70mins 13s). Third lady across the line was Kate Robson of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC in 70mins 44s.
The ladies’ vets prizes were won by Nina Martin of Newbury AC for the over 35 category (73mins 25s), Julie Hughes of Sherfield Park for the over 45 category in 80mins 24s and Nicola Dale, over 55 in 87mins 34s.
The team prize was awarded to Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC – Stephen Jeffery, Mark Soane and Kate Robson.
Tadley Runners are now busy preparing for a special milestone on 7th December this year, that is the 25th anniversary of their successful Xmas cross country, starting at the Hurst Community College at 11am. They have designed a new exciting course, entirely off road, taking in varied terrain such as woodland paths and water meadows. Tasty soup and a special memento will beawaiting all finishers. More details can be found here http://tadleyrunners.co.uk/xmas-xc/