Eagon and Ratcliffe put another CV on their CVs!
Third consecutive Chew Valley wins for David Eagon and Victoria Ratcliffe
There was a strong sense of déjà vu at the 10th anniversary Chew Valley 10K on Sunday 12 June as the male and female race winners were recording their third consecutive victories – both in their best times yet for the hilly course around the villages of Bishop Sutton and Hinton Blewett in Somerset.
With 542 finishers (in 1:38:12) the Chew Valley 10K was back with a bang – raising funds for local schools and charities and sponsored once again by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents. And, of course, it wouldn't be Chew Valley 10K without ever-presents like Matthew Cunio from Wells, who claimed: “It’s the best 10K in the world.” Matthew hasn’t missed a single race since it was started in 2013 by a group of parents from Bishop Sutton Primary School to raise funds for school equipment.
Bristol & West AC’s David Eagon won in 33:34, well clear of Alex Sewell (unattached, 38:06) and Callum Day (North Somerset AC, 38:19).
Victoria Ratcliffe (W45 Somer AC, 39:32) was similarly dominant in the women's race with a 73-second cushion over W40 Francesca Rawlings (Clevedon AC, 40:45). Clare Foster (unattached, 44:45) was third as 40 athletes beat 45 minutes despite the horrors of Coley Hill.
Local businesses and villagers were out in droves supporting the event. Arthur David provided free bananas and Bishop Sutton Pre-School nourished the finishers with their renowned cakes. More support came from local schoolchildren on African drums at Widcombe Common and the Jenny Peplow Singers choir was also helping to raise flagging spirits.
Denise Mellersh, Chew Valley 10k race director, commented: “Back in 2013 none of us thought we’d still be organising this race a decade later. But the community spirit and atmosphere are what make it so special, so we carry on. It’s an important fundraiser for lots of local schools and charities – well over £50,000 has been raised to date. As a committee, we also love seeing so many people taking up running and ‘getting the bug’.”
For all the race information visit the quirky Chew Valley 10K website here
For results and previous reports see runABC South race listing here
Image courtesy Chew Valley 10K on Facebook/Photo-fit.com