For the second year, Vale hosted an Open 10k event at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium last week, incorporating the SEAA, Bucks AA and Oxfordshire AA Championships .
Fresh from a fantastic Marathon run at the Rio Olympics, Vale’s Anuradha Cooray was on great form as he won the Bucks AA event in a new personal best time of 29:32:48, 2 minutes ahead of Ryan Burling in 2nd place who also ran a PB. Anuradha did not disappoint running a decisive race, and fellow athletes at Vale are convinced that he can run under 29 minutes, one of them stating that his time had been “too easy” for him.
The hard work and training which he put in to compete in Rio are clearly continuing to reap rewards and he looked very comfortable indeed throughout the race.
Third place in the race went to Matthew Williams of Notts AC, finishing in 32:45:43. Congratulations to Vale’s other competitors, Harri Kane finished in 10th place in 36:27:19; Tim Jones was 14th; Andrew Rolt 18th and Alan Roberts 20th.