Running round-up: Alchester ladies conquer the Terminator

Alchester's Simon Worfolk, Richard Gould, Vincente Bayliss and Matthew Shipman (left to right) competed in the Saucony National Cross Country Championships at a muddy Parliament Hill Fields in London
Alchester's Simon Worfolk, Richard Gould, Vincente Bayliss and Matthew Shipman (left to right) competed in the Saucony National Cross Country Championships at a muddy Parliament Hill Fields in London

Runners from Bicester-based Alchester Running Club were busy in multi-terrain, road and cross country action over the weekend.

A contingent of 14 runners took part in the Terminator – a 12-mile multi-terrain race near Pewsey – on Sunday and the ladies team of Emilie Filder, Michelle Pank and Annelies Henshall were in fine form to win the top prize after an excellent display of distance running in cold and blustery conditions.

James Pither, Shaun O’Gorman and Andy Stickley made up the men’s team and they finished second overall to White Horse Harriers.

Individually, Pither finished 10th in a time of 1.29.33hrs to continue his excellent form since joining the club. Other Alchester runners to finish were Michael Page, Freddie Stott, Tony Burke, Emma Johnson, Tony Sturgess, Andy Johnson, Emma Nelson and Sandie Farrow.

On the road, Jenny McBain was first lady home in the Poole Winter 5k Series in a time of 18.39mins, while Sarah Rendell set a PB of 38.32 in the Bourton 10k on Sunday, taking 11 seconds off her lifetime best, and Jamie Bagnall finished 17th overall in the Winslow Lions 10k in 38.32.

Six runners participated in the Saucony National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields in London. In the 8km women’s race, Olivia Underhill and Hannah Shipman successfully completed the course, while in the 12km men’s race, Richard Gould, Matthew Shipman, Simon Worfolk and Vincente Bayliss all finished.

The club is now set for the fifth and final round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League at Harwell this Sunday. The women’s A team currently lie in second place in Division One, 28 points behind Headington, with the men’s A team fourth in Division Two.

The club meets at Bicester Leisure Centre on Thursdays at 7pm for training, and has seven pace groups from 10-minute to 7-minute mile pace. Further information about Alchester Running Club can be found at

Action-packed week for Silson Joggers

Saturday saw several Silson Joggers notch new personal bests at various parkruns.

Firstly, Jade (JW11-14) and Jake (JM10) Storer flew round the Banbury parkrun course, with Jake gaining a new PB, before Marie Wray and Lindsey Thomas both claimed best times at the Buckingham parkrun, where Mark Armstrong was eighth overall.

The 2015 cross country season reached its climax with the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships which saw 5,283 runners finish across the 10 races.

Thomas Phelps was the first Silson man home out of the 2,005 entrants in the 12km men’s race. He claimed 513th position with a time of 49.29 and was followed by men’s team captain Simon Woodward, who was 611th. Next to cross the line for the Silson men’s team were Andy Field (944th), Kevin Reboul (961th) and Jim Darcy (1240th).

The Silson ladies team faced three laps of the muddy course in their 8km race. First home for Silson was Jayne Cooper, posting a time of 47.52 for 614th. Sue Torrance was next to finish, just eight seconds behind Jayne in 620th position. Madeleine Moutrie (696th) and Karen Dykes (743th) also finished with great times.

On Sunday, Linda Lytollis and Richard Popiel took advantage of the perfect running conditions to clock excellent times in the Tarpley 20 Miles, while Chelsey Rose and Mike Camwell powered through the wet, windy and muddy conditions in the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon.

Don’t forget, the Silson Joggers’ annual Silverstone 10k race is now open for entries. The race takes place around the iconic Silverstone Circuit on May 6. For more information, visit

Brackley athletes are full of running

February has been a busy month for the Brackley & District Running Club with the final round of the Chiltern League Cross Country at Teardrop Lakes in Milton Keynes kicking things off .

Dawn Breward led the Brackley ladies, followed by Nicola Crookes, Helen Brawn, Ali Nuttall and Julie Waller, with Gareth Bowden leading Chris Noble for the men.

The following week, a number of Brackley runners descended on Stratford upon Avon for the Broadmeadows half and full marathons.

In the full marathon, Bowden finished in second place overall in 3.17.18hrs, Mark Woodus was fourth in 3.36.55 and in his first ever marathon, Nick Locke clocked 4.46.22. Dawn Breward also completed the marathon and she was second lady home in 4.08.10.

In the half marathon, Nicola Crookes and Helen Brawn came home in 2.09, with Julie Waller , Suz Meacock and Ali Nuttall finishing in 2.28 and Clara Locke in 2.59 .

Next up was round two of the Club Championships, which saw Nicola Crookes (46.43) head home Diane Geatch (48.52), both new PBs. For the men, Chris Noble ran 41.52 and was followed by Adrian Crookes, who also set a new PB of 46.18.

On the same day over in the highly competitive Bourton 10k with a field of nearly 500 , Mark Woodus set a tremendous PB of 35.44 and finished in 22nd place overall. His brother Stephen Woodus came back in 41.31.

Spring marathon training is in full swing now. For more information on the club, visit or visit the club’s facebook page.

Runners smash new PBs at Winslow 10k

Several members of Buckingham & Stowe Running Club took part in the Winslow 10k on Sunday, the first Club Championship race of 2015.

Sixteen runners (pictured) from the club competed on a chilly but dry day and they were led home by Kevin Brown in a time of 41.57mins, followed by Ian McPartlan, who set a new personal best of 42.22mins, and Steve Thomson, also with a new PB time of 43.32.

Emily Bowen was the first lady back as she completed the course in a fantastic 44.40mins to lead home Lucy Price, in a PB time of 49.09, and Jane Smith (54.07).

James Newman completed his first 10k race in an excellent 49.36 and a number of other club runners also produced new personal best times, including Jonathan Fox, who clocked 44.43.

If any new or aspiring runners are keen to see what they are capable of, the club welcome anyone to go and try one of their free trial running evenings. More details are available from the club’s website or you can also email