Fairford Festival  2006 Presents

Invertec 10km Road Race

Sunday 4 June 2006


Race Report

The eighth annual Fairford Festival Invertec 10k Road Race  took place on Sunday 4th June. The two race was started by Olympic & Commonwealth swimming champion and media personality Sharron Davies MBE, the Lady Mayor Mrs Chris Roberts and the Town Crier Mr Maurice Jones. The 10k started at 11:00am.

With a Midland Counties Amateur Athletics permit, certificate of course accuracy and BARR Silver race grading; the Fairford 10km Road Race was included as a Gloucestershire County Amateur Athletics Series event.

This year was the first year that the 10km race had a limited number of entrants fixed at 500 and with no entries on the day. After the great success of last yearís event this may have proven to have been a gamble on entries. However, the popularity of this regional event meant that there were 484 pre-registered entries. The race attracted runners from a wide spectrum of athletes, this year there were entries from all neighbouring counties and as far south and west as Cornwall and Devon, as far east as Essex and as far north as Worcestershire and Warwickshire and all counties in between. There were runners from Wales and there were even runners from Australia visiting the UK. There is considerable support from regionally local clubs; e.g. Bourton Road Runners, Cirencester Athletics Club, Highworth Running Club, Swindon Harriers, and Swindon Striders many of which use the Fairford 10km Road Race in their club championship series.

Dan Duke, from Cheltenham and County Harriers, won this yearís race for a third time with a time of time of 33:39 minutes. This was a tremendous result, as he has had to take time out of running since injuries last year. Dennis Walmsley, Bourton Road Runners, straight back from honeymoon, came second in 34:12 minutes. Dennis was also the 1st MV40. Ian Thompson, Devizes RC, won the Male Veteran 50+ in 41:43 minutes and Martin Ford, Cheltenham and County Harriers,won his MV60 category for the second year with a time of 39:35 minutes. Immediately behind Martin was the 1st Fairford Male, Rob Pattison, with a time of 39:37 minutes. Cirencester AC won the Menís Team prize.

Lucy Walmsley, Bourton Road Runners, returned from her honeymoon to win the ladies race with a time of 38:26 minutes. Joanna Prichard, Les Croupiers, won the FV35 in 40:54. The FV45 was won by Alison Lane, Bourton Road Runners in 43:44minutes and Sue Bathgate, Cheltenham and County Harriers won the FV55 with a time of 45:33 minutes. Bourton Road Runners won the Womenís Team prize.

Martin Ford, Cheltenham and County Harriers, is so far an all-time champion in his own right, having won 7 times albeit in different age categories!

The category of 1st Fairford male/female was won this year again by tri-athlete Rob Pattison with a time of 39:37 minutes despite carrying a knee injury. Tanya Eyre was the 1st Fairford lady home in 49:35 minutes.

The course is a single lap starting on Park Street, Fairford over Mill Bridge, through Quenington towards Hatherop, returning to Fairford via Hatherop Road, the Croft, returning through Park Street finishing at the Walnut Tree Field. All finishers received sports drinking bottle containing medal, cereal bar and rehydration drink as well as 500ml bottled water. There were 17 prizes to be won, the categories being:

1st, 2nd, 3rd Male and Female
1st Fairford Male/Female
1st Male Veteran 40, 50, 60
1st Female Veteran 35, 45,55
1st Male/Female Team (3 to score)
Anne Stephens Trophy for the 1st Female Veteran

A Gold Sovereign was also awarded to the 1st man and 1st woman finishers.

Jim Frank
Race Director
Fairford Festival Committee