The Andy Reading 10k is jointly staged by Bicester AC and Alchester Running Club and this year’s race on Sunday 9th December attracted 419 runners from all over the South East of England. The event again raised valuable funds for the CLIC Sargent fund. There were also children races held over 1k and 3k in conjunction with the main 10km event.
In the children’s races it was a fantastic day for the Gould clan. In the under 11 girl’s event run over a 1km course, three of the finest runners in the County, all from Bicester AC scrapped for first place. Having lost out to her rivals in the opening cross country events Amy Gould made no mistake on this occasion as she emerged victorious over the 1,000 metre course clocking 3mins 56secs and thus retaining the title that she won here last year. She was pushed hard by Molly Acton who had a recorded a podium finish in the Oxford Mail Cross Country event and this time had to be content with runner up spot just 2 seconds shy of Gould. Maisie Silvester, who was a brilliant runner up in the second Oxford Mail Cross Country, was a further 5 seconds back in 3rd place.
Tom Gould made it a magnificent family double as he triumphed in the under 15 boy’s event run over 3km. He was too strong for clubmate Callum Steer as Gould triumphed with a 12mins 4secs clocking, just 8 seconds ahead of Steer. In the girl’s race over the same distance Banbury’s Tia Williams was an impressive winner. However there was a tremendous scrap for the podium finishes with Bicester AC’s Jennie Proctor just too strong for a former winner here, Nawal Elkirate both clocking 14mins 33secs. Also timed at 14mins 33secs and unlucky to miss out on a podium finish was Bicester’s Ellie Faulkner who placed 4th of the 15 finishers.
In the boy’s 1km race there was further success for Bicester as they scooped the first three places. As with the girl’s race it was those who have already been prominent in Oxford Mail Cross Country races who dominated. Tom Couzens produced a classy performance to run out a comprehensive winner in 3mins 47secs. Billy England got his revenge over William Sims after being beaten by him the previous week clocking 3mins 58secs just 2secs clear of Sims. Further down there was an eye catching runs by young Michael Cadle and Edward Davis who finished an excellent 11th and 13 the respectively of the 47 finishers despite giving 3 years in age to the older runners in the age group.
In the main 10km race this year attracted Sri Lankan international marathon runner Anuradha Cooray. Competing for Vale of Aylesbury AC Cooray dominated proceedings from start to finish and strolled to an easy victory clocking an impressive 31mins 55secs which was a good time in the conditions. He was followed home by Joshua Entwhistle, competing for Oxford Brooks Running and Athletic Club, who clocked 32mins 37secs. Ben Reynolds, running for Thames Hare and Hounds was third home and first veteran stopping the clock at 33mins 14secs.
In the lady’s 10km event, Samantha Amend who has won at Bicester before, and competing for London club Belgrave Harriers, triumphed in the lady’s race winning in 36mins 24secs. It was a dominant performance as next lady finisher was Di Moore from Headington, who was also first vet home, in finishing in 37mins 49secs.
Further down the field there was a whole clutch of runners competing for the two local Bicester based clubs. First amongst the finishers was Bicester AC’s young James Minchin who did well to finish 136th in 43mins 43secs. Other Bicester AC finishers were Jen Page (51mins 39secs) and vet over 50 Graham Pickup (51mins 45secs) who was over two minutes quicker than his last 10k effort at Eynsham.
First home for Alchester was Jack Mackintyre who placed 151st in 44mins 51secs. First lady finisher for Alchester was Donna Newton who placed 162nd in 45mins 46secs. Other Alchester finishers included the following:
- Nik Garside 180th 46mins 40secs
- Robert Evans 184th 47mins 02secs
- Catherine McDonnell 199th 47mins 32secs
- Sam Suter 248th 50mins 32secs
- Paul Davis 251st 50mins 45secs
- Gary Souch 272nd 51mins 57secs
- Emma Nelson 282nd 52mins 44secs
- Keith Jones 324th 57mins 14secs
- Donna Rotherham 339th 58mins 06secs
- Kathleen Garrilovic 361st 61mins 00secs
- Ian /Carlson 391st 64mins 53ssecs