The fastest finisher at this year’s Chew Valley 10k was Graham Wadsworth running for St.Peter’s Hospice. Graham finished in a time of 36 minutes 23 seconds and was one of ten runners taking part for the charity.
A local fundraising group for the charity was given ten entry places for the race. Much to the delight of the Chew Valley St.Peter’s Hospice fundraisers the first finisher and fastest runner was their own runner Graham Wadsworth, whose mum Jo Wadsworth is a member of the fundraising group and lives in Chew Magna. The fastest female Victoria Baker was also donning a St.Peter’s Hospice jersey and crossed the line in a time of 40 minutes and 44 seconds.
Second fastest male was Elliott Jones of Devizes Running Club and in third place was Paul Jefferson of Bristol & West AC.
Bishop Sutton’s very own Amelia Sommer was the fastest female under 20 with a time of 50 minutes 40 seconds. Chew Valley Sixth Form student Izzy Twiggs was the second fastest under 20 female with a time of 53 minutes 50 seconds. Izzy’s father and brother were also taking part in the races, with her brother William being the fastest of the East Harptree family with a time of 45 minutes 07 seconds, but his father Nigel was less than two minutes slower with a time of 46 minutes 33 seconds which saw him take fifth place in the Veteran 50 class.
The fastest under 20 male was Cayman Hall with a time of 45 minutes 18 seconds.
There was further local successful in the Veteran over 60 group with local woman Teresa Lovern who is a member of Somer AC completing the course in a time of 49 minutes 44 seconds. Teresa was not only the fastest over 60 woman but she was the fourth fastest runner in the over 60 category just five minutes slower than the fastest man aged over 60 Peter Clardy who completed the course in 44 minutes 26 seconds.
The oldest runner completing the course was Desmond Gillingham who at 78 finished the race in an age-defying time of 50 minutes and 48 seconds which not only made Desmond the fastest veteran over 70 but saw him finish the race of 700 runners in 147th position overall.
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