Cooray continues dominance at jam packed Bearbrook 10k

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Running star Anuradha Cooray continued his dominance of the Bearbrook 10K road race on Sunday morning, winning the event for the fourth time in 31mins 38secs.

A field of 475 competitors joined the double Olympian on the start line of the Bearbrook Running Club-organised event at Aylesbury Rugby Club, but only one man came close to breaking the Sri Lankan’s stranglehold of the race.

The Bearbrook 10k was full to capacity at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Sunday   PHOTO:  www.faultlessphotos.co.uk

The Bearbrook 10k was full to capacity at Aylesbury Rugby Club on Sunday PHOTO: www.faultlessphotos.co.uk

Darrell Bellinger of Oxford City AC looked like he might overtake Cooray with roughly half of the race still to run but the Vale of Aylesbury stamina king sensed the impending danger and calmly accelerated away. Bellinger eventually finished second, 18 seconds behind his rival.

Third place went to Charles Coleman of Windsor, Slough and Eaton AC.

His time of 33mins 39secs was also good enough to seal victory in the male V40 category.

Unattached Kay Walsha won the race to be the first lady home in an impressive 37m 32s. She was never challenged over the 6.2-mile race distance and beat her closest challenger, Abigail Bagshaw of the RAF, by close to two minutes.

Wendy Webster of St Albans Striders completed the top three in a time of 39m 49s.

In the race for age category honours, Jane Coulcmer of Thame Runners secured the female V45 prize in 44m 40s and Vale of Aylesbury’s Tim Jones came out on top in the male V50 section in 36m 48s.

Margaret Moody of the Veterans AC won the female V55 category in 46m 44s, while unattached Michael Williams scooped the male V60 prize in an impressive 42m 03s.

A total of 475 runners completed the race and the volunteer organising team at Bearbrook Running Club was praised for another slick event.

Nigel Higgs, a competitor representing Watford Joggers, said: “The organisation is the best I have experienced in any of the races I have done. A great job well done!”

Photos courtesy of Faultless