ALMOST 1,000 people took part in this year?s Goring 10km charity race on Sunday.
Runners set off from Storton Lodge in Icknield Road at 11am and followed a circular route around country paths near South Stoke. The finish line was in Bourdillon Field behind Goring Primary School, where each runner was presented with a medal.
First home was Charlie Pearson, 35, who finished in 35 minutes and 58 seconds.
Mr Pearson, who grew up in Pangbourne and now lives in north London, competes in the Woodcote 10km each year and has won it once but this was his first entry in the Goring run.
He said: ?I?m absolutely thrilled to have come first. It?s long way to come back from London but I?m so glad that I did.? The first woman to finish was Claire Shelley, 38, from Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. She said: ?I?m so pleased with the result, it feels fantastic. This is my first time in Goring and I think it?s an extremely well-run event. This is a lovely part of the world to run in.?
The men?s juniors winner was Paddy Haynes, from Adderbury, who finished in 37 minutes and 36 seconds, a new record in his class.
Steve Jeffery was the first veteran man in 37 minutes and 41 seconds while Edward Dodwell won the men?s super-veterans (40 minutes and 48 seconds) and Anthony Whitehouse won the men?s masters (43 minutes and 30 seconds).
First in the women?s juniors was Winnie Swann (48 minutes and 40 seconds) while Harriet Chettleburgh won the women?s veterans class (42 minutes and 47 seconds). Catherine Bates won the women?s super-veterans (49 minutes and 32 seconds) and Margaret Moody won the women?s masters (48 minutes and six seconds).
The event is organised by the school?s parent-teacher association and the proceeds will go towards IT projects.
Member Jules Hopkinson, who came 74th, said: ?We sold out, which is great. It means we?ll have made more than the £9,000 we made last year. We were very lucky with the weather because the sun shone throughout the day and we?ve heard lots of good feedback.?
The oldest runner was Peter White, 84, from Tilehurst, who finished in one hour, 18 minutes and 57 seconds. He came 948th out of the 970 finishers.
The youngest runnerrs were Beth Ireland, Chris Summers and Maxim Flynn, all 15.
See the full results in this weeks Henley Standard