6 Sep

Runners Hit Top Gear

The Stig

Nobody could quite match the pace of The Stig, but there were still some speedy laps recorded by runners at the site of BBC's Top Gear programme on Sunday. The Dunsfold Aerodrome was the host venue for the Autumn Spitfire 20 mile and Autumn Tempest 10 mile events which saw nearly 400 runners tackle the race track and the surrounding Surrey countryside.

Perfect conditions welcomed the runners at the 9.30am start for both the one lap and two lapped events with little wind, cool temperatures and the slightest spot of rain. By noon however, the heavens opened and the majority of the 20 mile runners had to contend with monsoon conditions for around 30 minutes.

Safely sheltered was 20 mile race winner Paul Hasler (Paddock Wood) who clocked 1:57:31. Just missing out on a sub-two hour finish was second placed Pat Wright (Tadworth AC) in 2:00:07. Third place went to Darren Tanner (Clapham Chasers) in 2:03:05. The first female was 32nd placed Hazel Vuvi (Dartford Road Runners) in 2:19:21. There were 260 finishers in total, the midpoint finisher was Louise Crosby (Harpenden Aro Runners) in 2:51:36.

In the ten mile event, there were 134 finishers lead home by Irwin Fairclough (Newbury AC) in 1:03:42 from Simon Hedger (Ranelagh Harriers) in 1:06:55 and leading lady Melissa Galea (Clapham Chasers) in third in 1:07:48. The midpoint finisher was Geoff Worsdell in 1:27:29.