Bath time fun as Cooray breaks his own record

Anuradha Cooray
Anuradha Cooray

With the London Marathon only a few months away, athletes across the country are well into their training programmes and running in the various half marathon events which are taking place nationwide.

Vale of Aylesbury athletes are certainly amongst those and Anuradha Cooray took to the streets for the Bath half marathon this weekend, competing alongside other elite athletes, including Ethiopians and Kenyans. Anuradha can be very pleased with his performance, finishing in sixth position in a time of 66mins 06secs – a personal best time since coming to the UK back in 2005 and one which breaks his own Vale of Aylesbury club record.

His coach Nick Taylor said he was more than happy with his preparation for the big London race.

Anuradha is not the only VoA club member who will be running in London, and two more athletes took part in the Silverstone half marathon on Sunday. Phil Corbett ran well to finish 67th in 83:37 and Richard Bazeley was 97th with a PB of 85:32.

In the junior section, three athletes competed in the Oxford Mail League at Harwell as guest runners. Alice Wright finished 11th in her race; Christian von Eitzen was forced to sprint the last 200 yards of the U17 mens race to take first and Patrick Taylor ran in the senior men’s event finishing a very credible 12th.