DAVID Bruce and Rachel Masser broke course records in winning the Otmoor Challenge.

Oxford City’s Bruce and Woodstock Harriers’ Masser were in dominant form over the multi-terrain half marathon course.

Bruce clocked 1hr 12 mins 8secs to smash the previous mark of 1.14.50, set last year by Abingdon Amblers’ Paul Fernandez.

Masser’s winning time of 1.27.04 was 33 seconds inside the record set in 2012 by Jess Bruce (Headington Road Runners).

Although run in hot weather, good underfoot conditions made for fast times.

Woodstock’s James Bolton (1.13.28) was second and first vet 40, with Fernandez (1.14.44) third – all three breaking the previous record.

Alison Young (Chiltern Harriers) was second lady in 1.30.52, with Alchester’s Sam Usher (1.31.54) third and first vet 35.

With Fernandez as a guest, Woodstock won the men’s team prize, while Headington Road Runners took the ladies’ honours.

  • DAN Hamilton smashed his 3,000m best with a strong display in the latest Watford Open meeting.

The 21-year-old Abingdon Ambler took 13 seconds off his previous mark to record 8mins 40.40secs.

  • DAVID Kuester collected a silver medal in the Midlands (British) Masters Throwers Group Weight (Throws) Pentathlon.

The Bicester athlete finished second in the vet 65 category after efforts of hammer (29.29m), shot (9.36), discus (27.88), javelin (26.86) and heavy weight (11.48).


(senior men unless stated)


Didcot Runners: K Reade (LV40) 1.48.00, J Harrigan 1.57.04, N Francis (V50) 2.13.06.

Eynsham RR: G Bridges (V40) 1.31.40, D Bridges (2nd LV40) 1.33.00 pb, S Walker 1.38.34, N Sheard (V40) 1.43.21, A McEwan-James 1.45.34 pb, R Barltrop (V40) 1.50.21, K Williamson (3rd LV50) 1.51.08, J Bishop (V40) 2.02.09, K Baker (V50) 2.04.55.

Kidlington:12 M.Dilks 1.24.09, 37 J Moss (V40) 1.32.16, 67 I Wakefield (V40) 1.37.52, 89 C Brading (V50) 1.40.22, 100 L Hosier 1.42.49, 101 J Greenhill (V50) 1.43.00, 110 B Brading 1.44.36, 118 S Evins 1.45.13, 133 W Bunce (V50) 1.46.37, 148 S Morton (LV40) 1.48.57, 191 M Search (V50) 1.55.40, 257 N Holford (LV40) 2.07.03, 280 M Collins (V50) 2.12.51, 289 J Searle (LV40) 2.14.22.


Didcot Runners: J Scarborough (V60) 6.27.36.


Headington RR: 153 U Neale 48.23.