Bicester AC and Alchester Running Club combined again to organise last Sunday’s Andy Reading 10k a race named in honour of local running stalwart Andy Reading. The profits from this year’s event are to be donated to Hummingbird Cancer and Support Therapy Centre. Over 360 runners supported this year’ event run in near perfect conditions. These proved ideal for race winner Ian Kipton from Luton AC who went into a commanding lead from the start. Proving to be a class apart from the rest of the field, Kipton had over two minutes to spare at the finishing line to win in the super fast time of 30mins 28.9secs which was a new course record.

Leading county runner was Paul Fernandez, from Abingdon AC, who was 2nd in the race in 32mins 29.3secs but was an easy winner of vet male over competition. Third in the race was unattached runner Rob Elmore (34mins 2.4secs). First local runner was Ben West (Bicester AC) who, despite being under 17, finished a fantastic 5th place, in spite of competing the previous day. West’s time of 35mins 10.3secs was enough to propel him to 24th place in the British under 17 rankings. He was ahead of local favourite Richard Gould, competing for Alchester RC, who nevertheless ran very well for 12th (36mins 30.1secs) which was good enough for 2nd in the vet 40 male category. Gould however was one place behind the leading contender in the vet 50 category, Tim Grose from Walton AC who clocked 36mins 28.8secs. Evergreen Simon Pritchard from Banbury Harries took 3rd place in the vet 40 category finishing 14th overall in 36mins 35.2secs.

David Cantwell from Woodstock was 2nd man home in vet male 50 category with a time of 37mins 33.8secs. First female runner was Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook running Club), who also won the vet female vet 45 category, in a time of 39min 24.7sec. She was 5 places in front of 41st place runner Rachel Vines (CCL Striders) who took the senior lady title with a 39mins 52.2secs clocking. Best local runner was Sam Usher (Alchester Running Club), who was not only the next lady finisher but first vet female over 35 finisher in 40mins 36secs). 2nd lady home in Usher’s category was Hook Norton Harrier Hannah Rogan (41mins 17.8secs).

One of the most eye watering performances of the day was from 63rd placer Leighton Buzzarrd’s Gail Duckworth. Not only did Duckworth win the female vet 55 award but her time of 41mins 45secs was the 11th fastest by a female vet 55 runner in the UK this year. First male 60 runner was Nigel Hoult from reading Road Runner who was 68th overall in 42mins 20secs. And first vet male over 70 runner was Oxford City’s Phil Kimber (108th in 45mins 26.6secs).

Other Alchester Running Club finishers were as below:

38th Lee Godber 39mins 33.6secs
64th Alasdair Kerr 41mins 45.6secs
184th Alan Rawlinson 50mins 12.6secs
262nd Michael Thorne 56mins 31.5secs
283rd Ellie Ward 58mins 22.8secs
306th Sam Suter 60mins 2.41secs
360th Danie Revell 77mins 37.2secs