Saturday, 25 September 2021

Teenager leads the way at wet and windy village 10km

Teenager leads the way at wet and windy village 10km

THIS year’s Woodcote 10km race raised more than £5,000 for charity last Sunday.

More than 400 runners took part in the event, which started and finished at the village green and was organised by the Rotary Club of Pangbourne.

Runners were electronically timed as they followed a circular route through the countryside around the village, climbing and descending almost 500ft.

There were two water stations en route which were run by Woodcote’s scouts and guides, each of which received a £100 donation to thank them for their efforts.

Woodcote Primary School and Langtree School were each given the same amount for allowing visitors to park in their grounds.

Everyone who took part was given a hot drink and a medal while trophies were awarded to the winners in various categories. First to finish in 34 minutes and 34 seconds was Jack Shayler, 17, of Blewbury, who runs for Abingdon Athletics Club.

He said: “I’d never done this race before but the group I run with decided they wanted to enter a local race. It was very wet and very hilly but I did enjoy it and I’ll definitely come back and do it again.”

The first woman was Asia Zmyslona, 35, of Swindon, who finished in 38 minutes and 50 seconds. Zmyslona started running last year and the 2016 Woodcote 10K was her first race. She has run a dozen more since then.

She said: “I wanted to make it back here again this year. I made a promise that if I made it through the year still running I would come back.

“I didn’t think I would even make it on to the course, let alone be the woman winner, so I’m glad I made it.”

The other winners were in various categories were as follows:

Female U20, Katherine West; Male senior, David Smyth; Veterans 40 and over, Ben Paviour and Carrie Hoskins; Veterans 50 and over, Liam Proudlock and Jane Davies; Veterans 60 and over, Gary Cust and Margaret Husein.

A third of the proceeds will go to the Prostate Cancer Research Centre in London while Pangbourne Rotary will keep the rest for local causes and for Rotary International’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio.

Organiser Dick Hoskins said: “It went very well. Our numbers were similar to last year and it’s always a happy occasion. It’s a tough, undulating course so the runners get a high and a real sense of achievement from completing it.”

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