It was another successful outing for the Bearbrook 10K with perfect weather conditions that helped to speed things along. Not that this race needed any help in that direction.
Sunday 14 August was the 16th year of the Bearbrook 10K, considered the best road race in the area due to a fast, flattish course, excellent marshals and faultless organisation.
The main feature of this 10K is its PB potential: an important factor for many runners when choosing a race and this was certainly the case here with a well-marked route on good surfaces. It included a fast downhill section near the end – ideal for those wanting to imitate Mo Farah’s sprint finish in the Olympic 10,000-metre event.
At 9.30am, a field of 354 runners set off from Aylesbury Rugby Club, Weston Turville before passing through the picturesque market town of Wendover. It then turned towards Halton before heading back to finish at the rugby club.
This race is one of several organised by Bearbrook Running & Triathlon Club and is a county championship event in the Buckingham Athletic Association calendar.
Alex Milne of Enfield and Haringey AC led the race with an impressive display to win in 31:53. Chris Arthur of Bowland Fell Runners was second in 32:35 with Darrell Bellinger of Oxford City AC, third in 34:29.
Local runner Sophie Delderfield of Vale of Aylesbury AC won the women’s race in 37:39. Jenny Cupnall-John was second in 39:45 with Fiona De Mauny of Walton AC, third in 40:08.
Top quality running by Gade Valley Harriers saw them win both the men’s and women’s team trophies.