New course record for Georgie Bruinvels
Ashtead Common 10K was enjoyed by 150+ who left nothing but footprints
Georgie Bruinvels, of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC, set a new course record as she finished fourth overall in the Ashtead 10K on Sunday (19 September).
There were 153 finishers in 1:19:52 and just three men were ahead of the 32-year-old women's race winner. Daniel Evans (Dorking & Mole Valley, 35:53) was 1:40 outside clubmate George James' course record of 34:13 set in last year's race.
Daniel (18) had some seasoned opposition on his heels, including the 'aeroplane man' Steve Winder (M50 Epsom & Ewell Harriers, 36:05) and M45 Paul Donohoe (26.2 RRC, 37:42) – part of the 25-strong contingent from the marathon running club who were enjoying the challenge and variety of a trail race.
Bruinvels (37:52) slashed 3:22 from Katherine Wilson's previous record of 41:14 set in 2013. The runners-up in the women's race were Alice Tozer (26.2 RRC, 44:00) and W40 Lauren Johnson (Epsom & Ewell Harriers, 44:25).
Race action below -
Just over 40 youngsters completed the Ashtead 2km Fun Run (see image, top) with seven-year-old Ethan Becken and Beatrice Oakhill (13) recorded as the first-finishing boy and girl.
The 16th running of this self-styled 'eco race' took place on Ashtead Common and Newton Wood, adjacent to Epsom Common, with permission of Ashtead Common Rangers and the Corporation of the City of London on this Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve. Special measures are taken to minimise the environmental impact of the event, with sustainable wooden mementos and locally sourced prizes.
The races are organised by the Ashtead Running Group who run from the Woodman Pub at 7:30pm on Tuesdays and whose claim to fame is: "We are not as fast as we used to be"!
Full results are available at runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Rob McCaffrey at Trionium