Report - Summer Shakespeare Saturday 29th July 2017


Saturday 29th July saw the second event of the year at Long Marston Airfield – The Summer Shakespeare. The weather for runners and volunteers alike was kind with cloudy skies, but with no rain and a gentle wind to keep everyone cool. In fact, perfect for long distance running! Accordingly, there were some impressive performances witnessed by a good crowd of supporters, family and friends.

Kids Run Free 1k set the days precedent with lots of positive energy from the children, parents and spectators alike. Our very own KRF Measurement and Evaluations officer, Rob Hotchkiss led the children into a motivational warm up before setting the pace for the race. The roars from the crowd pushed all the kids round the track leading them over the finish line where they were met with their very own medal. With a record number of children entering both the 1k and 5k this year the adults need to watch out as the younger generation are set to give them a run for their money!

We would also like to mention proud father Dan James. His children Ottie and Effie thoroughly enjoyed a day being pushed around the track in their buggy not only once for the KRF 1k, but then on to join the 5k too and collect a PB time! We hope to see all three of you back for the Autumn race!

56 runners entered and completed the 5Km run and first male runner back was overall winner Anderson Hirst of the Fell Runners Association in 19 mins and 29 secs closely followed by Thomas Hazell of Windsor, Slough, Eton and Harrow AC in 20:32. Local boy Christopher Hunt of Stratford upon Avon Athletics Club was third in 20:56. For the Women first home was Anne Cotton in 28:00 just six seconds ahead of Molly Thomas in 28:06. Then just two seconds separated her from Lucy Gibbins in third place in 28:08.

In the 10km, there were 208 finishers from 211 starters and the overall and male winner was Ben Plummer of Barrow Runners in 36:43 followed by Michael Hobbs of North Cotswolds Tri and Run in 37:54 for second spot. Third in 38:31 was Tom Kabala. The fastest woman was Laura Pettifer of Kenilworth Runners who was back in a time of 42:26. Second was Rebecca Ferry of Oxford City in 42:38 and third woman home was Jo Wilkie of Cheltenham and County Harriers in 43:38.

173 runners finished the half marathon. They were led home by Peter Middleton of Shrewsbury AC in a time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Peter was 1 minute and 18 seconds ahead of James Marshall from Droitwich who finished second in 1:18:46. Third for the men was Duncan Campbell-Cave of Kings Heath Running Club in 1:21:50. For the women, Sophie Carter of Belgrave Harriers was the star finishing in 1:28:04 and in 10th place overall. Second woman home was Sally Holt of Wallasey AC in 1:35:05 and in third was Camille Aryeetey of UTS Running Club in a time of 1:41:33.

You may well have seen Sam Bartholomew, a medic at 42 Commando Royal Marines in Plymouth. In gull battle fatigues and with a full back pack, he ran for Combat Stress, a charity for veterans suffering with PTSD. This amazing cause provides lifesaving mental support for his friends and veterans. Well done Sam!

Regrettably this was the last but one Raceways event at Long Marston before the site is redeveloped for housing – but there is still time to enter the final event, the Autumn Shakespeare which will take place on Saturday 11th November! Book in now!


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