Battle of the Ben's at the Audley Festive 5K

Ben Brereton wins Audley Festive 5K

Perfect conditions for a record-breaking run at this sold out race.

There was an early Christmas present for Ben Brereton in the form of a new course record at Sunday’s (19 December) Audley Festive 5K. He was one of several participants who enjoyed a speedy run and seasonal fun whilst helping to raise funds for a charity which provides Buddy Bags for children in emergency care. 

Audley Striders RC in conjunction with Audley Rotary Club delivered a well organised  and marshalled event where even the weather played its part, being cold and bright on the day. Runners in festive fancy dress gathered at the Cricket Club, waiting to start at 11am and follow a route around the village that included Nantwich Road, Moat Lane, Wilbraham’s Walk and Chester Road before finishing back at the Cricket Club.

In the inaugural 2019 race, Ben Bewley of Newcastle (Staffs) AC was the winner with teammate Ben Brereton the runner up. These positions were reversed in this year’s race with Ben Brereton the winner in 17:00 - a new course record - and Ben Bewley second in 18:04. Mathew Capper of host club Audley Striders RC was third in 19:35.  

Alice Thomas was the women’s winner in 21:35. Aisling Redmond was second in 22:19 with Maxine Bickerton of Newcastle (Staffs) AC third in 23:22. 

The last runner crossed the line in 49:47: there were 136 finishers. 

A full set of results is available to view via the runABC Midlands Race Listings page.

Audley Striders RC thanked everyone involved and their support for the Buddy Bag Foundation.

See you all next year! 

Image courtesy of Bryan Dale. 

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