Oxford University student Jake Shelley took advantage of an Olympic marathon hopeful’s wrong turn to win the Bourton-on-the-Water 10K.

The 20-year-old, from Som-erville College, crossed the line first in 31mins 47secs on Sunday to record a personal best in sunny conditions.

Coming in at breakneck pace, just 17 seconds behind Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier Shelley, and taking fourth place was Ben Moreau (Aldershot, Farnham & District) – himself a former Oxford University student.

Moreau, who finished 11th in the 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon and has a personal best of 2.16 for the 26.2-mile distance, was a clear favourite for the race and roared off at the start.

But the 30-year-old was left playing catch up after mistakenly taking an extra lap around the village early on.

Moreau tweeted: “Sent the wrong way at bourton on water 10k! Still, ran 10.7k at 29.50 pace, so happy with that.”

Other Oxon runners to impress behind Shelley inc-luded Banbury Harriers’ Tim Wright, who was ninth in 33.46 and Abingdon Ambler Les Newell – 11th in 33.54.

Witney Road Runners’ Ely-sia Ridley was fourth lady home in a personal best 36.58 for her second strong performance in five days.

The 25-year-old Army officer, who hails from Ascott-under-Wychwood, finished second in the Combined Services Cross Country Championships at Blandford on Wednesday.

Ridley, who has been confirmed in the Wales team for the Home Countries International, clocked 24mins 33secs to come 15 seconds behind winner Danielle Hodgkinson.

Headington Road Runners’ Imogen Matthews was first vet 55 lady home at Bourton, recording 45.59.


(senior men unless stated)

Headington RR: 26 C Fiddaman 35.17, 37 R Skilbeck 36.39, 54 R Stewart 37.27, 58 Y Fitsakis 37.40, 61 F Howard 37.45, 63 C Payne 37.47, 69 R Baskerville 37.57, 72 I Meadowcroft (V45) 38.11, 76 P Oxley 38.18, 102 K Lowies (V45) 39.53pb, 163 M Biglin (V50) 42.33, 166 I Fiouri (LV35) 42.41, 187 P Brame (V40) 43.33, 196 R Payne (LV35) 43.54, 223 A Felton 45.15, 234 P Lister (V50) 45.40, 239 S Cowls (V50) 45.49, 243 A James (LV45) 45.58, 287 L Macaskill (LV45) 48.37, 294 G Norris (V60) 48.57, 317 I Matthews (1st LV55) 45.59, 319 M Langford (SL) 50.09, 341 D Barron (V50) 51.16, 346 G Jones (LV45) 51.34, 370 S Harding Brown (LV45) 53.13, 392 L Millican (SL) 54.26, 456 K Villiers (V65) 59.20, 460 R Clarke (V40) 59.54, 483 M Russell (LV50) 63.36.

Oxford City: 12 A Burgess 34.01, 24 E Mezzetti 35.05pb, 30 S Overton (3rd V45) 35.40, 39 R Webster (V45) 36.50, 81 S Thorp (V55) 38.42, 233 D Parsons (V65) 45.39, 238 P Smith (V60) 45.47.

Witney Road Runners: C Ellis 37.52pb, N Moglia (V50) 40.35, S Palmer (V40) 41.48.

Woodstock Harriers: K Game 36.26, W Hudson 41.26 pb, M Pidgeon (V50) 41.50, S Kerswell (LV45) 46.15pb, L Clarke (LV35) 50.04, Z White (LV35) 51.17, E Doherty (LV35) 52.42.