White Horse Gallop – 2018

A record two hundred runners signed up for the White Horse Gallop trail run which this year featured as race #2 in the Wiltshire Off-Road Race League.

Leading the field home over the challenging 8-mile course out from Leighton Recreation Centre in Westbury were James Donald of Team Bath AC and Karen Hacker of Chippenham Harriers.

With the clear skies the runners were afforded some great views across the county and beyond, once they had conquered the thigh burning climb up the embankment next to the horse itself.

In the runners up spot came Dan Piper of Avon Valley Runners, closely followed by Christopher Elmer of Team Bath who along with Alberto Lapedrizo claimed the Men’s team prize, whilst the ladies team prize went to Avon Valley Runners with 2nd placed Leah Sartain, third placed Gemma Lawton and Jolene Farion scoring the points.

Age category awards went to: MV40 – Gary MacAlister of Avon Valley Runners; FV40 – Gill Pearson of Running for Time; MV50 – Heath Bampton of Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds; FV50 – Sam Kelly of Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds; MV60 – Peter Allen of Corsham Running Club; FV60 – Daphne Marion of Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds.

Full results can be  found here and photographs here.

The Hullavington 10K – 2018

Congratulations to Simon Nott of Calne Running Club and Sian Thomas from City of Salibury A&RC who ran out as winners in the inaugural Hullavington 10K and were also crowned as Wiltshire County Champions for the distance.

Results are now online here

Official photographs can be found here

Three hundred runners lined up for the inaugural running of The Hullavington 10K, which had also been awarded the honour of being the Wiltshire county championship race over the distance as well as being Race #7 in the 2018 Wiltshire Road Race League.

Leading from the start over the gently undulating course was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who clocked a time of 32:52 to finish over a minute ahead of second placed Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners and Dan Thomas of Cheltenham Harriers who completed the podium. 

In the Ladies race, Sian Thomas from City of Salisbury A&RC led the way to be crowned county champion in a time of 39:30 and well clear of Avon Valley’s Veryan Cranston in the silver medal position and bronze medallist, Calne Running Club’s Denise Nott.

The team prizes both went to Trowbridge based Avon Valley Runners with Michael Towler, Damian Spreckley and Gary Day for the Men and Veryan Cranston, Anita Mellodew and Diane Hier for the Ladies.

Age Group awards went to the following runners: MV40 – Gary Dunstone of Team Bath; FV40 – Anita Mellodew of Avon Valley Runners; MV50 – Heath Bampton of Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds; FV50 – Diane Hier of Avon Valley Runners; MV60 – Neil Tiley of Devizes Running Club; FV60 – Caroline Horne of Devizes Running Club.

Results are now online here

Three hundred runners lined up for the inaugural running of the Hullavington 10K, which had also been awarded the honour of being the Wiltshire county championship race over the distance as well as being Race #7 in the 2018 Wiltshire Road Race League.

Leading from the start over the gently undulating course was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who clocked a time of 32:52 to finish over a minute ahead of second placed Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners and Dan Thomas of Cheltenham Harriers who completed the podium. 

In the Ladies race, Sian Thomas from City of Salisbury A&RC led the way to be crowned county champion in a time of 39:30 and well clear of Avon Valley’s Veryan Cranston in the silver medal position and bronze medallist, Calne Running Club’s Denise Nott.

The team prizes both went to Trowbridge based Avon Valley Runners with Michael Towler, Damian Spreckley and Gary Day for the Men and Veryan Cranston, Anita Mellodew and Diane Hier for the Ladies.

Age Group awards went to the following runners: MV40 – Gary Dunstone of Team Bath; FV40 – Anita Mellodew of Avon Valley Runners; MV50 – Heath Bampton of Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds; FV50 – Diane Hier of Avon Valley Runners; MV60 – Neil Tiley of Devizes Running Club; FV60 – Caroline Horne of Devizes Running Club.

Results are now online here

Official photographs can be found here

The Great Chalfield 10K – 2018

Trowbridge based club Avon Valley Runners cleaned up on the prizes at the eighth running of the Great Chalfield 10K at Broughton Gifford. 

Leading home the record field was Edward Knudsen in a time of 34:22 ahead of club mate Damien Spreckley and Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club. In the Ladies race AVR took a clean sweep with Veryan Cranston leading home in 42:49 ahead of Philippa Brewer and Fiona Price.

Age group awards went to: 1st MV40 – Edward O’Gorman from City of Salisbury A&RC; 1st MV50 – Alwyn Royal of Chippenham Harriers; 1st FV40 – Helen Gibbs of Calne Running Club; 1st FV50 – Alison Graham of Corsham Running Club.

Results are online here

Official Race Photographs are online here

Trowbridge “Fairy Tale” 5K – 2018

Congratulations to Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club and Julia Maddocks of Chippenham Harriers for being the leading runners home in the Trowbridge “Fairy Tale” 5K

One hundred and twenty runners lined up in the sunshine for the Trowbridge 5K, the run which is now in its seventh year and takes the runners around the Hilperton and Paxcroft areas of the town before finishing back in the Town Park. This year the theme was “Fairy Tales” and many of the runners got into the spirit adopting fancy dress.

From the start the pace was set by Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club followed closely by Niall Thorne and Daniel Piper both of Avon Valley Runners before coming home in a time of sixteen minutes and forty eight seconds.

For the Ladies, Julia Maddocks of Chippenham Harriers led home from Lotte Brown of Avon Valley Runners and Helen Gibbs of Calne Running Club.

Avon Valley Runners cleaned up on the age group awards with Dan Wood (MJUN), Gary Day (MV40), Mark Harris (MV50), Louise Wood (FJUN), Jo Farion (FV40), Jennifer O’Connor (FV50) claiming the awards.

Holly James of Swindon’s Slinn Allstars claimed the prize for best fancy dress opting to run as Snow White.

Results are now online here

Official photographs are now online here.

The Wiltshire 10 – 2018

Congratulations to Shaun Antell of Bideford AAC and Serane Stone of Tiverton Harriers who were the winners of the eighth running of the Wiltshire 10 Road race at Melksham.

A record six hundred runners signed up for the eighth running of the Wiltshire 10 sponsored by The Wiltshire Times. In somewhat chilly conditions the field set off from Lowborne Road in Melksham town centre and headed out to Lacock, after looping around Reybridge the runners faced a headwind as they headed back to the finish alongside the River Avon in King George V Playing fields. Making light of the conditions was Devon runner Shaun Antell of Bideford AAC who recorded an impressive 52-minutes 10-seconds providing a three minute gap to second placed Aaron Pritchard of Team Bath and Peter Grist of Frome Running Club who along with his club mates Joseph Donworth, Lee Stone and Stuart Clarke claimed the team prize.

The ladies race saw another Devon runner in Serane Stone of Tiverton Harriers take victory, completing the gently undulating course in 61-minutes 36-seconds, ahead of  Jane Faram of Bristol’s Southville Running Club and Vicky Green of Chippenham Harriers. The Bitton Road Runners trio of Lucy Wallace, Liz Sanigar and Lynette Porter took the team prize.

Other prize winners:
1st MV40 – Gary Dunstone of Team Bath AC; 1st MV50 – Dave Lowthian of Forest of Dean AC; 1st MV60 – David Vaudin of Team Bath AC; 1st FV40 – Emma Hines of Chippenham Harriers; 1st FV50 – Lynette Porter of Bitton Road Runners; 1st FV60 – Helen Hugheson from Bath.

All finishers received a specially minted medal featuring the Wiltshire county flag and a copy of the Wiltshire Times.

White Horse Gallop – 2017

The Team Bath duo of Jim Webb and Fiona Blackmore secured a double victory for the club in the challenging White Horse Gallop trail run.

One hundred runners lined up at Leighton Recreation Centre to take on the very challenging White Horse Gallop trail run. The race which is sponsored by the White Horse News is described as one of the most challenging trail run courses in Wiltshire, offering some tough climbs and technical descents but provides some fantastic views across Wiltshire and beyond. The 8-mile route took runners from Leighton Recreation Centre on a long climb up through Wellhead and onto the Imber Range Boundary path before performing a circuit around the White Horse which included a thigh burning climb up the embankment next to the horse itself before descending back along the Wessex Ridgeway into Westbury.

Dominating the running were Jim Webb and Fiona Blackmore both of Team Bath who ran out as winners with healthy time margins over the second placed runners in the Men’s and Ladies races. Finishing in the runners up spot was Damian Spreckley from City of Portsmouth AC and in third place was Craig Rumble from Corsham Running Club. In the Ladies race Carolyn Trippick from Somer AC took the runner up position with Daisy Dougherty from Bulford in third.

The team awards went to the Corsham Running Club trio of Craig Rumble, David Mackie and Alex Rex Kember and the Avon Valley Runners Ladies team of Jo Farion, Kate Hails and Sarah Jewers. Other age category awards went to: MV40 – Ben Blackwall from Trowbridge; FV40 – Debra Kearsey of Corsham Running Club; MV50 –  Andrew Smallbone of Frome Running Club; FV50 – Diane Aldridge of Corsham Running Club; MV60 – Bob Salter from Bratton; FV60 – Christina Vivian of Avon Valley Runners.

Melksham 10K – 2017

Simon Nott of Calne Running Club lowered his own course record to 31:24 to win the Melksham 10K with Katrine Svane of Team Bath leading home the ladies in an impressive 39:32.

Two hundred runners signed up for the fifth running of the Melksham 10K race which started in Lowbourne road and led competitors on a certified accurate two lap course around the town taking in Blackmore Road, Queensway, Snowberry Lane and Sandridge Road. Leading from the start was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who ran the fastest 10K time of the year so far recorded by a Wiltshire athlete by finishing in 31-minutes and 24-seconds breaking his own course record which he set in 2013. In second place was Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners with former race winner Mike Rose of Calne Running Club in third place. In the ladies race, Katrine Svane of Team Bath led home in 39-minutes and 32-seconds with Lynette Porter of Bitton Road Runners in second and Jules Pflaum of Bristol & West AC in third.

Age group awards went to Andrew Line from West Ashton (MV40); Andrew Smallbone of Frome Running Club (MV50); Bill Silto of Swindon Harriers (MV60); Anita Mellodew of Avon Valley Runners (FV40); Sarah Smallbone of Frome Running Club (FV50) and Linda Unsworth of Avon Valley Runners (FV60).

Trowbridge 10K – 2017

Congratulations to Simon Nott of Calne Running Club (32:09) and Katrine Svane of Team Bath A.C.  (38:50) who ran out as winners in the inaugural Trowbridge 10K.

Two hundred runners signed up for the inaugural Trowbridge 10K race which started in the town centre and led competitors on a certified accurate if somewhat undulating course around Staverton Marina, Hilperton and Paxcroft Mead before finishing in the town park. Leading from the start was Simon Nott of Calne Running Club who ran the fastest 10K time by a Wiltshire athlete this year in clocking 32-minutes and 9-seconds. In second place was Simon Brace of Team Bath and in third was Robert Farley of Bitton Road Runners. In the ladies race Team Bath took a clean sweep of the podium places with Katrine Svane leading home in 38-minutes and 50-seconds with club mates Fiona Blackmore and Eilidh Bell not far behind.

Age group awards went to Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club (MV40); Andy Stanley of Avon Valley Runners (MV50); Ted Sprules of Frome Running Club (MV60); Anita Mellodew of Avon Valley Runners (FV40); Helen Hinsley of Bitton Road Runners (FV50) and Tina Vivian of Avon Valley Runners (FV60).