The sweltering weather that was the making of a great day out at this year’s Chalgrove Festival was also the very thing that made such hard work of the annual 10k race.
This year’s race, which was started dramatically by a large English Civil War cannon, attracted 352 runners, including a number of top notch athletes.
Despite the heat, the course record was broken by Abingdon Amblers, Daniel Hamilton, with an impressive time of 33:21. Unfortunately the magic didn’t rub off on the IWCA AC’s Stuart Craft, who despite training hard for the event, crossed the line a minute slower than last year looking hot and bothered to say the least.
Our younger runners were also affected by the heat, but still managed to put in respectable times achieving places which reflected their recent efforts in training.
Genial all-rounder, Andrew Craft, who has consistently proved to be our fastest runner, for once didn’t have it all his own way. Today he was beaten by a full minute by his team mate Peter Wright. Peter’s achievement was well deserved as he had worked hardest in training over the weeks prior to the race – especially on the hill running which stood him well on Charlgrove’s dreaded double hill. Shawn Merry, who has been more laid back at recent training sessions came a minute behind Andrew, though to be fair, all three boys put in respectable performances.
After the race, the IWCA AC runners and their families and friends stayed to enjoy the rest of the festival before rounding off the day with a kick about..