Good running conditions were the order of the morning as runners and joggers ran off their Christmas excess in Vale of Aylesbury’s annual Boxing day 5km road race around Aylesbury’s town centre. In a close contest, Ryan Burling (unattached, but a former Milton Keynes athlete) took the honours crossing the line first fending off last years winner Owain Jones (Bristol & West) by 5 seconds into 2nd place. Burling’s winning time was 16.05. 3rd place went to Phillip Sewell in 16.40. 1st over 40 was Kieran White from Hercules Wimbledon in 17.03, Mark Taplin from St Albans was 1st over 50 in 19.21 and Dan Meaney 1st over 60 in 26.36. Charlie May who was 6th overall took the Kirk Clifford Shield for being the 1st Vale Male over the line.
The Vale’s Alice Wright won the ladies race in 20.25 and with it the Ruth Alcock Shield as the first Female Vale runner home, with Helen Mulhall (Bearbrook) and Tracy Galbraith not far behind in 20.34 and 20.48 respectively. 1st over 35 went to Rebekah Edgar in 21.43 with Paula Robinson taking the 1st over 45 in 23.14 and Shoko Davis the 1st over 55 in 26.25.
The younger age group winners were taking up mostly by the Vale with Oxford taking two of the awards. Vale dominated the boys races with two superb performances from Max Perry, 1st over 17 and Nathan Jones, 1st over 15, both clocking 18.08 as they mixed it with the senior athletes with both finishing in the top 10 of the main race. Ethan Perry took the 1st over 13 place in a time of 24.02. The Vale’s Emily Johnston won the under 17 race in 22.03 with the Oxford duo of Felicity Clark, 1st under 15 and Kelly Gailbraith, 1st under 13 finishing in 23.56 and 21.30 respectively.
In the Fun Run around Market Square and Kingsbury Square, Emile Jansen Van Rensberg was the 1st boy home and Lucy Cuthbert the 1st girl home.