Vale runners defy the elements in Thame

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The glorious summer rain did not deter Vale of Aylesbury’s runners from participating in the Thame 10k.

A waterlogged field meant that the organisers had to make a last minute change and the race was unfortunately a little short of its’ target distance.

However, runners praised the organisers for taking this all in their stride and of course Vale runners took part.

Dave Maisey had another great fun finishing 15th from almost 800 starters in a time of 35:33 despite a windy course. Sue Barnes (V60) must be delighted with her run of 47:47 which put her 1st in her age category and Derek Peverill (V65) was 7th in his age group in a time of 45:43. Our fourth competitor was Alan Roberts whose time of 40:48 put him 21st in the V45 group.

Alan has also recently competed in the four-mile Self Transcendence Race in Cutteslowe Park, Oxford, the final race in the Sri Chinmoy series. His time of 26:46 made him fourth Vet; luckily for him the top five-were prize winners.

Last week also saw another Open meeting at Watford and more successes for Vale athletes. Adam Waind ran a season’s best in the 100m in 11:93s. In the 1500m, Andy Rolt’s 4:22:59 time is a new V45 Club Record by 20 seconds, and puts him 5th in the UK on this year’s Power of 10 rankings. Chloe Oldfield and Carolyn Boosey both ran season’s best times and Sean Wilson took to the track for his first 1500m race finishing in a very respectable 4:34:68; Phil Corbett also ran a new PB of 4:50:15.

Two competitors in the 3k were Luke Paulley running this distance for the first time and finishing in 9:41:91 putting him 12th on the Power of 10 rankings this year. It was also good to see James Davis run under 10 minutes as he continues to improve following injury.

The club is also wishing four of its junior athletes well as they travel to Gateshead for a weekend of competition. Will Gurton, Patrick Taylor, TJ Bartley and Ben Williamson have all been selected for the Buckinghamshire squad at this year’s English Schools National Championships.