ATHLETICS: Revenge for Bolton

Woodstock Harriers' James Bolton

Woodstock Harriers' James Bolton

First published in Sport

Woodstock Harriers’ James Bolton avenged last year’s defeat by White Horse Harriers’ Paul Jegou in the Hooky Christmas Canter.

Bolton, who recently turned 40, recorded 42mins 12secs for the 12k multi-terrain course to storm home from Jegou, who clocked 44.01.

Woodstock’s Dave Cantwell was fourth in 44.21 to become the second V40 runner home ahead of Banbury Harriers’ Simon Pritchard in 45.07.

Alchester’s Jon Burgess won the V50 race in 48.23, while the evergreen Oxford City AC athlete Roy Treadwell was first V60 home in 48.47.

Bearbrook Running Club’s Emma Curtis-Smith won the women’s race in 48.28.

Alchester’s Michelle Pank was runner-up in 48.41, with Bearbrook’s Victoria Curtis-Smith third in 49.48.

Banbury Harriers’ Michelle Bartlett took the honours in the LV35 race in 53.43 from Witney Road Runners’ Sally Howard, who clocked 55.03.

Cherwell Runners’ Dawn Williams was the first LV45 to finish in 57.59, while Witney’s Judith Le Good led home the LV55s in 1hr 9mins 6secs.

OTHER RESULTS

HOOKY CHRISTMAS CANTER

Headington Road Runners: 63 A Barry (WV45) 58.58, 74 J Colston 1.00.53, 106 R Andrews 1.06.29, 121 R Logan (MV50) 1.10.04.

Woodstock Harriers: J Harrison (U17) 50.13, C Gray (V50) 50.22, M.Shipway (V70) 61.22, S Cantwell (LV35) 61.38.

Witney Road Runners: K Chard (V50) 56.10, G Le Good (V60) 56.10, J Whelan (V50) 60.40.

MATTHIEU Marshall led home an Oxford City one-two in the Oxford parkrun.

He clocked 18mins 7secs for the 5k event, with clubmate Ed Mezzetti runner-up in 18.42.

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5:47pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Shaun X says...

i took part in this race and whilst i would like to congratulate the winners and a big well done to all the other participants in the race especially the other ten Alchester members who ran their hearts out - for some it was their first race - i would also like to point out that that the race was ruined for me and other runners i spoke to by poor course management which was entirely the fault of the race organisers, Hook Norton Harriers : at around mile six of seven there was a change of direction, three possible trails, normally a marshal would be stood on point directing the runners down the correct path. This is for safety reasons and so that runners who are leading or have lost sight of the runner ahead know where to go without having to stop and lose time and a possible position in the race. If you know the course from previous years it could have changed - so a marshal or a marker of some sort should be present at this spot. The aforementioned was not!. This personally cost me between one and two minutes and a top ten finish waiting for runners to pass who new the way. This was pointed out by me to the race director in no uncertain terms because i was to say the least "spitting fire" the director apologise and told me a correction would me made for next year - but my request to have my time deleted has been ignored. A mistake like this in a race is unacceptable and unforgivable. A lot of runners train really hard to get results and may have had reasons in the past to take up the sport, ie, obesity, anorexia or other eating disorders or self abuse problems like drugs and alcohol - race times, credit for performance and position in a race can mean the world to them and have that taken away by race mismanagement can be very frustrating for runners like me and others. Also being as the race was held under a UKAA athletics racing licence the result is therefore false making runners who were effected look slower than they actually are. Also the course was not up to the required safety standard because a runner could chosen a dangerous path or wandered on to private property. When will UKAA start getting tough with organisers over these matters and start making examples of the careless perpetrators?.
i took part in this race and whilst i would like to congratulate the winners and a big well done to all the other participants in the race especially the other ten Alchester members who ran their hearts out - for some it was their first race - i would also like to point out that that the race was ruined for me and other runners i spoke to by poor course management which was entirely the fault of the race organisers, Hook Norton Harriers : at around mile six of seven there was a change of direction, three possible trails, normally a marshal would be stood on point directing the runners down the correct path. This is for safety reasons and so that runners who are leading or have lost sight of the runner ahead know where to go without having to stop and lose time and a possible position in the race. If you know the course from previous years it could have changed - so a marshal or a marker of some sort should be present at this spot. The aforementioned was not!. This personally cost me between one and two minutes and a top ten finish waiting for runners to pass who new the way. This was pointed out by me to the race director in no uncertain terms because i was to say the least "spitting fire" the director apologise and told me a correction would me made for next year - but my request to have my time deleted has been ignored. A mistake like this in a race is unacceptable and unforgivable. A lot of runners train really hard to get results and may have had reasons in the past to take up the sport, ie, obesity, anorexia or other eating disorders or self abuse problems like drugs and alcohol - race times, credit for performance and position in a race can mean the world to them and have that taken away by race mismanagement can be very frustrating for runners like me and others. Also being as the race was held under a UKAA athletics racing licence the result is therefore false making runners who were effected look slower than they actually are. Also the course was not up to the required safety standard because a runner could chosen a dangerous path or wandered on to private property. When will UKAA start getting tough with organisers over these matters and start making examples of the careless perpetrators?. Shaun X
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