11:20am Thursday 5th April 2012
THE White Horse Half Marathon again proved a happy hunting ground for Paul Fernandez as he repeated his 2010 victory to win by a comfortable margin.
The Abingdon Amblers runner crossed the line in a time of 1hr 11mins 1secs, a full 16 seconds ahead of runner-up and early leader Chris Dettmar, of Headington Roadrunners, who won the vet 40 category.
James Bolton finished third, two minutes behind the winner, helping Woodstock Harriers win the men’s team title.
In securing the victory in Grove, Fernandez also claimed the senior men’s County Championship half-marathon title, ahead of Bolton and Oxford City’s Aaron Burgess, who finished fourth.
Liz Grolimund (Alchester) won the senior ladies’ county crown, crossing the line 55th overall in a time of 1.26.35.
Jessica Webb (Woodstock Harriers) and Charlotte Harris (Headington) picked up the silver and bronze county medals respectively.
Andy Phelps (Headington) was the first vet 50 home in 1.20.48, while Oxford City’s Roy Treadwell set a course record of 1.23.29 to win the vet 60 race by almost six minutes.
Sarah Rendell was the first Oxfordshire vet 35 finisher, backing up Grolimund as Alchester won the ladies’ team race.
A time of 1.39.59 earned Lucy Gettins (Compton Harriers) gold in the county vet 45 title.
The first host club athlete home was Paul Jégou, who finished 14th, completing the course in a time of 1.16.53 to secure the Kit Trophy for the leading White Horse Harriers runner.
Lucia Singer took the Coachman Trophy – the equivalent award for women – for the fourth successive year, coming 133rd overall.
The finishing time of 1.38.07 marked an improvement on the previous year’s effort of almost five minutes.
OTHER CLUB RESULTS
Abingdon Amblers: 5 D Hamilton 1.14.16, 24 G Goodall 1.20.28, 48 R Schofield 1.25.05, 56 N Barwick 1.26.44, 65 J Moore 1.28.20, 67 N Hamilton 1.28.46, 99 J Wigmore 1.23.23.
Didcot Road Runners: P Thomas 1.22.45, R Sharp 1.29.46, J Moon 1.41.43, D Knopp 1.45.17, S Hewerdine 1.48.39, J Shand 1.49.25, J Scarborough 1.57.08, E Akin 2.00.15, B Pine 2.01.02, T Roberts 2.07.11.
Kidlington Road Runners: 37 M Dilks (SM) 1.22.44, 57 J Finnigan (SM) 1.26.46, 125 S Evins (SM) 1.36.30, 126 C Brading (V40) 1.36.50, 135 A Finnigan (LV35) 1.38.12, 141 J Bennett (SM) 1.38.41, 167 W Bunce (V60 County Silver Medal) 1.41.22, 203 S Morton (LV35) 1.44.55, 209 M Search (V60 County Bronze Medal) 1.45.51, 232 T Langrish (V50) 1.48.37, 249 D Sandy (V50) 1.50.38, 282 R Bennett (SL) 1.54.16, 315 M Collins (V60) 1.57.51, 342 N Holford (LV45) 2.00.35.
White Horse Harriers: 21 D Peace 1.20.00, 91 S Scott 1.30.54.
Witney RR: A Reynolds (V50) 1.24.43 (pb).
Woodstock Harriers: J Bolton 1.13.05, B O'Connor (V40) 1.16.54, K Game 1.18.51, D Cantwell (V40) 1.18.56, B Vaughan (V50) 1.21.15, H Price 1.21.33, J Webb (SL) 1.27.52, M Townsend (V50) 1.28.57, M Pidgeon (V50) 1.30.28, N Preddy (V50) 1.33.45, W Hudson 1.35.31, J Guy (V40) 1.38.57, K Adams 1.47.53, E Doherty (LV35) 1.50.13, L Clarke (LV35) 1.51.19, C Travi (V40) 1.54.56, V B-Bousquet (LV35) 1.55.33, N Leavesley 1.55.59, S Haines (LV55) 1.56.04, V Phillips (LV45) 1.59.43.
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