Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Couple joint top as 10km marks 20 years

ORGANISERS of the 20th annual Goring 10km race are celebrating another sell-out.

ORGANISERS of the 20th annual Goring 10km race are celebrating another sell-out.

About 1,000 runners took part in the event on Sunday, which was raising money to improve the outdoor play areas at Goring Primary School. It is hoped the proceeds will match the £20,000 raised last year.

The race was started by Ellie Beale, six, who is a year 2 pupil. She underwent a heart transplant in 2012 and has since won four medals at the British Transplant Games, including two golds. The runners set off from Storton Lodge in Icknield Road and followed a route around the countryside before finishing in Bourdillon Field behind the school. Every runner received a medal for taking part. The race winner was Rob Corney, from Reading, while his partner Amelia Churnside, of Emmer Green, was the fastest woman.

Mr Corney, who manages the Sweatshop running supplies shop in Reading, finished in 34 minutes and 29 seconds while Miss Churnside came home in 40 minutes and 57 seconds.

Mr Corney, who took part for the first time last year and finished third, said he would be back next year when he hoped to set a course record. “I started thinking about the record as I got halfway round but stopped as soon as I realised I wasn’t going to get it,” he said.

Miss Churnside said: “I really enoyed it. I’ve never run the first half of a 10km so fast in my life.”

The class winners were: Ben Paviour (men’s veterans); Brian Kirsopp (men’s senior veterans); Anthony Whitehouse (men’s masters); Jonty de la Harpe (men’s juniors); Edwina McDowall (women’s veterans); Stephanie Cook (women’s senior veterans); Deborah King (women’s masters) and Thalia Swann (women’s juniors).

Jules Hopkinson, who chairs the school’s parent-teacher association and came 55th, said: “It was a great day. There was a really good community vibe and everybody was in really high spirits. I think many new personal bests were set.”

The full results and more pictures will be published in next week’s Henley Standard.

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