Fair Week race draws the crowds

By Contributed in Athletics

The Kingsbridge Fair Week Fun Run and 10K took place in near-perfect running conditions on Thursday evening.

A record Fun Run entry of 94 children and parents tackled the demanding Highfield Drive course with great enthusiasm.

The first, fifth and seventh place finishers were from the same family and their mother came third in the senior ladies event. Not a bad evenings work for the Gallardos.

The Fun Run first five were: 1 Jan Gallardo 8.07, 2 Aaron Horton 8.10 3 Callum Ryrie 8.30, 4 Oliver Matthews 8.53 and 5 Ada Galardo 8.58.

The 10K event saw an entry of 115 competitors who ran the tough Kings­bridge course.

After only 200 metres they climb up Fore Street and continue climbing up Church Street.

The hills keep on coming as they run a circuit in the countryside and return down Church Street and into Ebrington Street, to finish in the recreation park.

This was always going to be a fast race.

Recent course changes had taken out two hills, the conditions were good for running and the field had past winners, with some talented youngsters who finished in third and fourth place.

The winner was Les Newell, who is a regular visitor to Kingsbridge and has previously won this event.

His impressive time of 36.37 established almost a two-and-a-half minute gap between first and second.

There were a good mixture of local runners and club runners, with Teign­bridge Trotters in particular sending a strong team of 14 runners.

South Moor Vets entered a team of nine competitors. The animals there obviously get plenty of ‘walkies’.

Runners were complimentary about the standard of the marshals, who offered encouragement to get around the difficult course.

The prizewinners were as follows: first male: Les Newell of Oxford City AC: 36.37; second male: Roger Easterbrook of Teignbridge Trotters: 39.04; third male: Shawn McKernan of Torbay AC: 39.47.

First male vet: Gary Smart of Torbay AC: 39.56, finished in fifth position; first female: Naomi Flana­gan of Torbay AC: 42.31, finished in 10th position; second female: Vicky Winzer, unattached: 43.57, finished in 16th position; third female: Marta Garcia, unattached: 46.28, finished in 24th position.

First female vet: Sharon Daw, East Cornwall Tamar Trail: 47.59, finished in 31st position; first junior under 18 home: Bradley Stevens of Tavistock in 39.51, finishing in fourth position in the race overall.

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