Cooray keeps on course for Olympic target

Anuradha Cooray
Anuradha Cooray

Preparation for the Olympic Marathon continues to go well for Vale of Aylesbury’s Anuradha Cooray after he finished third at the annual Bristil 10k at the weekend.

The course runs through the historic streets of the city, twice passing under the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The race took place in excellent running conditions and had a good calibre of competitors where Cooray was again in the elite race.

He took the lead from the gun and stayed there for the first half of the race before Richard Bartale and Edao Weliy of Kenya and Ethiopia took the race on to finish in the top two spots with Anuradha finishing third.

The atmosphere in the streets was excellent and over 11,000 runners registered for the race setting the right tone for the arrival of the Olympic torch in Bristol this week.

Anuradha can be very pleased with his run finishing with a time of 29:44 – a 58 second PB.

And coach Nick Taylor is happy that his preparations for the Olympic Games in August are going to plan.

He continues to stick to the schedule set with his coach, and will be running another 10k on Sunday in London which is on the Olympic marathon course.

For those wishing to stay closer to home in the coming weeks, the annual Coombe Hill Race will take place on Sunday June, starting at 11am from The Shoulder of Mutton on Pound Street, Wendover.

Many will know that the race includes the killer hill known locally as ‘The Front’, but the good news is that it’s all downhill after that.

Registration in advance of the race can be done by using the entry form on our website – www.voaac.org.uk in the Upcoming Events section; online via Runner’s World Entry Form or Timeoutdoors.com or on the Coombe Hill Web site www.coombehillrun.org.uk

Minimum age on day of entry is 13 years. Closing date for postal entries is May 30.