The Wiltshire 10 – 2019

Congratulations to Ricky Montacute of the Royal Engineers and Jess Sanzo from Bristol who were the winners of the ninth running of the Wiltshire 10 Road race at Melksham.

A record six hundred runners signed up for the ninth 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 headed back towards Melksham and the finish alongside the River Avon in King George V Playing fields. After sitting in second place for most of the race Ricky Montacute of the Royal Engineers made his move in the final half mile to overhaul Anthony Glover of Westbury Harriers to take victory in fifty-seven minutes with Robert Farley of Bitton Road Runners coming in for third place. In fourth place Andrew Tarrant of Southville Running Club led his club mates: Bryan Walsh, William Smith and Sergio Benetiz Pozo home for the Men’s team prize.

The ladies race saw Jess Sanzo from Bristol take victory, completing the gently undulating course in 62-minutes 49-seconds, ahead of  Erin Willmers from Salisbury and Victoria Ratcliffe of Somer AC. The Bitton Road Runners trio of Liz Sanigar, Lauren Price and Rachel Stowell took the Ladies team prize.

Other prize winners: 1st MV40 – Simon Gilbert of Devizes Running Club; 1st MV50 – Michael Tune of Swindon Harriers; 1st MV60 – David Wright of Cirencester AC; 1st FV40 – Rachel Stowell of Bitton Road Runners; 1st FV50 – Diane Hier of Avon Valley Runners; 1st FV60 – Sharon Smith of Running Somewhere Else.

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

Full results are here and Official photographs are online here

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.