Bearbrook Running Club won two trophies at the 86.6-mile Ridgeway Relay race, with one of its teams winning the veterans’ category and another winning the ladies’ prize.
The popular off-road race follows the route of the Ridgeway National Trail – starting at Ivinghoe Beacon in Hertfordshire and finishing at Marlborough in Wiltshire.
The route is divided into 10 different stages, ranging from between 5.4 miles to 11 miles in distance.
Bearbrook fielded three teams and it was the club’s ‘A’ team that finished the highest on the leaderboard. Thanks to a string of excellent performances from Graham Smith, Dermot Martin, Tim Mason, Mark Westall, Emma Curtis-Smith, Pierce Phillips, Simon Allen, Jonathan Mudd, Owen Byrne and Victoria Broadbent, the team’s mighty average pace of 7.07 minutes-per-mile was good enough to claim sixth place overall.
The Bearbrook veterans’ team also ran impressively to beat their nearest rivals Abingdon AC by a massive 76 minutes and claim top honours in their category.
The combined efforts of Kevin Cole, Sandy Hodges, Jules Jackson, Linda Huxley, Mike Lemon, Bob Hodges, Tony Barrows, Pete Mason, Neil Edwards and Steve Charleston also ensured the team finished 17th overall in 11h 43m 42s.
The Bearbrook ladies’ team, which had to include two men, saw off a fierce challenge from Eynsham ladies to win their field by almost three minutes.
The ladies’ team of Adrian Twiswell, Lynn Garricks, Jen Kendall, Victoria Broadbent, Debbie Simmons, Sarah Evered, Mike Fryer, Paul Lynn Garricks, Helen Mulhall and Penny Herbert, recorded a time of 12h 11m 30s to also finish 26th overall.