Daunting 190m climb not enough to put Hill runners off

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Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club’s 6k Coombe Hill Run took place at the weekend featuring the daunting 190m climb up to the monument at the top.

The hundreds of runners that turn out every year are not put off, though. and this year was no exception with a record entry in both the main event and Family Fun Run which precedes the 6k race.

In near perfect conditions, the runners set off from The Shoulder of Mutton in Wendover across a slightly altered route which appears to have been preferred by the majority.

First to cross the line was Matthew Salt from Dacorum and Tring in 20:54, followed by Eddie O’Gorman (21:33) and Martin Bateman (21:40).

For the ladies, Claire Morrissey from London Heathside was first home in 25:40, with Victoria Broadbent (25:57) second and Liza Croft (26:20) third. The first Vale athlete home was Harri Kane in 10th place.

As this was a local race, some Vale athletes competed for local Wendover groups and charities, but the second Vale man home was Henrik Hartmann followed by Alan Roberts. Two further individual prizes went to Vale athletes; Eliza Taswell-Fryer was first U17 lady and Bronwyn Reed first U15.