Vale runners hit the road for cross country season

Vale of Aylesbury's Southern Roads Relay team
Vale of Aylesbury's Southern Roads Relay team

Senior Vale of Aylesbury athletes have been taking to the roads since the end of the track season for some serious competition and preparation for the forthcoming cross country campaign.

Last weekend Anuradha Cooray ran in the Bristol half marathon, a race which always attracts top class athletes including those from Kenya.

Anuradha ran a great race in poor weather conditions to finish sixth in a time of 65mins 58secs which broke his own club record and is only 23 seconds slower than his personal best time set in 2005.

On the same day and over the same distance, Richard Bazeley and Henrik Hartman ran in the Great North Run.

Henrik finished in a new PB of 83:33 and Richard in 94:47.

The SEAA Road Relays were held at the Army training grounds in Aldershot. The event was for teams of athletes and Vale’s four women ran women each ran just under 4k. The team performed extremely well finishing a credible 23rd from more than 60 teams. Sophie Delderfield ran a storming first leg finishing 19th and the others were strong enough to keep around that position throughout.

Jodie Digby ran leg two, Charlotte Steptoe leg three and with a heavily strapped ankle, Rosanna Iannone the fourth and final leg.

The Leighton 10 was held the next day and is the final race in the club’s Grand Prix Series. The tough 10-mile, undulating course has a hill at nine miles in the shape of the infamous Shenley Hill.

James Davis was first Vale runner to finish taking fourth spot in 58:52. Andy Byerley (59:59), Adam Bowller (60:17) and Tim Jones (60:35) finished seventh, eighth and ninth respectively. This meant Vale’s men retained their team prize.

Alan Roberts also ran despite having injured his ankle, finishing in 78:16. In the ladies race, Charlotte Steptoe was seventh and Julia Austin ran close to a PB to take 10th.

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