And away they go: Runners pack out annual race again

A thousand runners took part in the Thame 10km helping to raise money for local charities
A thousand runners took part in the Thame 10km helping to raise money for local charities
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A thousand runners laced up their trainers to take on Thame’s 10km road race on Sunday.

It was the first year the race had introduced high-tech chip readers in its bibs to record finishing times.

Claire Novak, of Thame Runners said: “We had 813 runners who finished with chip times.

“There were some late stragglers who came in after they stopped the chip timing. There were several withdrawals due to injuries.

“Thame Runners expect to allocate between £2,500 to £3,000 to several local charities which will take place around September time.”

James Bolton was the first senior male to finish (32.32) and Jane Ovington the first senior female (38.08).

The town’s largest mass participation sports event started in the 1980s as a charity fundraiser for the Thame Boys Brigade and has grown to be one of the key sporting fixtures.

Thame Runners took over the organisation of the event after the first year but have kept the charities as a priority allocating profits to good causes in Thame.

Last year the race raised a total of £2,375 for various local causes.

The race started at 9.30am at Thame Leisure Centre carried on through town to Towersey and came back along the Phoenix Trail.

Several local charities caught the eye at the race particularly the Supergran Team of around 25 members of an extended Asian-origin family.

The three generations of the late Sudagar Masih family, who live in Oxford, raised £5,000 for Sobell House to pay tribute for the excellent level of care provided to their beloved grandmother in her final days.