Cooray up to his old tricks as Olympian wins ... again

Vale of Aylesbury's successful Risborough 10k team, including double Olympian Anuradha Cooray (right)
Vale of Aylesbury's successful Risborough 10k team, including double Olympian Anuradha Cooray (right)
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As part of the Risborough Festival, the annual Risborough 10k took place recently with more than 270 runners pounding the streets and one familiar face in particular up to his old tricks.

Double Olympian Anuradha Cooray, who represented Sri Lanka at the London 2012 last year, was back again to defend his title scucessfully.

Temperatures made for slower times and organisers, Vale of Aylesbury, put in extra water stations to help runners.

Unfortunately two people were treated for heat exhaustion, but both were reported well later in the day.

As expected Vale took the first two places in the race with a win going to Cooray in 31mins 48secs, and Charlie May in seconds (33:52). Nick Jones of Newbury AC was third in 34:29. For the ladies, Susan Monaghan of Hillingdon was first to cross the line in 38:17, Vale ladies took the next two spots, Charlotte Steptoe second in 41:08 and Julia Austin third in 42:24.

Julia’s time was 15 seconds faster than last year and the runner claims she has no idea how she did that in the heat. Men and Ladies team prizes went to Vale. Tim Jones (8th in 36:47) and James Davis (21st in 38:58) made up the men’s team; Vicky Sheldon (46:07) and Heather Fallaize (52:20) the ladies. Vicky is running very well at the moment and was delighted with a PB of over 1 minute, particularly pleasing given the temperatures. She was also 1st V45 lady.