Running round-up: Alchester’s McBain wins half marathon title

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Jennifer McBain of Bicester-based Alchester Running Club won the Oxfordshire County Half Marathon Championship at the White Horse Half Marathon at Grove on Sunday.

In a race run in wet and windy conditions, McBain finished first woman and 16th overall, completing the course in 1.23.41mins to beat her nearest rival by more than 90 seconds. In doing so, Jenny reclaimed the title she had previously won in 2005.

Silson's Madeleine Moutrie is pictured at the Oakley 20

Silson's Madeleine Moutrie is pictured at the Oakley 20

Also finishing in the women’s squad were Olivia Underhill, who ran a new personal best of 1.41.18, half marathon debutant Rosie Taylor (1.50.43) and Emma Nelson (1.56.50).

Shaun O’Gorman led the Alchester men as he clocked 1.24.13 for 20th overall to head home Jamie Bagnall, Vincente Bayliss, Gary Warland, Jon Burgess, Matthew Shipman, Adam Taylor, Tony Burke and Nigel Lambert.

Burgess and Lambert claimed county silver medals having finished second V60 and V70 man respectively.

The race also constituted a round of the Grand Prix series, with the women’s team finishing third and the men sixth.

The next event in the series is the road relays consisting of teams of three women and six men competing relay style over a 5km course at Abingdon on Sunday.April 19.

Elsewhere, Alchester runner Richard Gould finished sixth overall and second V40 man at the Oakley 20-mile race near Bedford on Sunday having ran 2.05.46hrs.

Ian Hunter (2.15), Wendy Hunter (2.42.03), Freddie Stott (2.43.10), Claire Court (2.54.48), Tony Sturgess (3.22.55), Liz French (3.33.31) and Sandie Farrow (3.33.33) also finished for Alchester.

Further information about the club can be found at

Silson Joggers

Having only joined the Silson Joggers at the start of 2015, Sally Stephens has already completed her first half marathon when she clocked 2.10hrs at the Warwick Half Marathon at the weekend.

Elsewhere, the Buckingham Parkrun saw Silson’s Zach Rycroft (JM15-17) finish first in his age group in a new PB of 19.41mins, which was also a new club record.

Jayne Cooper was another Jogger on form, coming home sixth lady and first in her age category for the second week running, while Cez Probert claimed a new PB.

Further afield, Silson’s Paul Rose took on the Port of Dover two-day marathon challenge. These two latest marathons – where he clocked 4.09 and 4.20 – took his marathons tally to 35, and on Sunday, Paul was joined by Jay Fletcher, who ran 4.25 in his 32nd marathon.

Also on Sunday, four Silson Joggers battled the rain and the wind at the Oakley 20, with Liinda Lytollis (3.00) leading home Madeleine Moutrie (3.09), Caroline MacKenzie (3:33) and Mike Camwell (3.56).

Don’t forget you can still sign up for Silson Joggers’ famous 10k race around the iconic Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. The event is open to anyone interested, including wheelchair and handcycle competitors.

For more information, visit the Silverstone 10k page on Silson’s website at runningraces/silverstone10k/index.php). The event takes place on Wednesday, May 6, at 7.30pm.