OVER THE HILLS – Sunday 6th November 2016

Avon Valley Runners held their iconic 20th Over the Hills race this Sunday. Of the 295 starters we had 12 Hot Chilli entrants. ATHLOS had 2 runners including late entrant Will Crudgington (no 337), who went and won the race!

Team Hot Chilli at the Over The Hill Race

This popular race is in aid of Alzheimers Support, and was marshalled by AVR and Trowbridge Lions.

With a light but chilly northerly wind (8 degs C), in the autumnal sunshine the course was reasonably dry, but had the right amounts of mud and slippery surfaces to test all the runners. Crucially the Frome river was fordable at Iford Manor and enjoyed by all the competitors.
OtH 2016 StartStarting ‘on the rocket’ from the iconic West Barn, the 12-kilometre course took in Barton Farm Country Park, joining the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath at Avoncliff. After that the route ran the Avon river meadows, over the Freshford Inn Bridge, up and down hill past Sparkford Mill, up hill to the A36 layby Drinks Station through Friary Wood, back down again through the woods, and across the Iford Manor meadows.
ifordFording at ‘Iford’, the route went up hill through the Iford Manor grounds, back in via Upper Westwood, down into Avoncliff, and finally flying back in along the canal towpath to the finish.
AVR OtH Finnish 2016The course record (44:27) is not broken, because the course is slower again by going out via Barton Farm Country Park; this after a break of a couple of years.

Results:

Full results are at: Avon Valley Runners OtH 2016.

Men:

1st – 45:27  – Will Crudgington (337) – ATHLOS Triathlon Club
2nd – 46:04 – Max Hazell – Jackpot Racing
3rd – 47:01 – Stuart Padget – Chippenham Harriers

Ladies:
1st – 49:54 – Lizzie Wraith – Team Bath Athletics Club
2nd – 52:05 – Elle Twentyman
3rd – 52:09 – Clare Prosser – Wells City Harriers

Our results:

Position Name Time Category
1 William Crudgington 00:45:27 MSEN
29 Jason Ocallaghan 00:53:13 MV40
30 Kirk Latham 00:53:13 MSEN
38 Scott Latham 00:54:43 MSEN
53 Bobby James 00:56:57 MSEN
68 Kevin Gover 00:58:28 MV55
83 Alex Laird 01:00:51 MV50
102 Jason Gunn 01:02:56 MV40
135 Simon Alexander 01:06:20 MV45
140 Amanda Drabble 01:07:10 FV45
171 Graham Martin 01:10:10 MV60
207 Fiona Cassidy 01:14:11 FV45
217 Fiona Johnston 01:14:50 FV55
235 Iain Osborne 01:17:30 MV40

DEKA Sports of Frome, who are supporting the BIG T 2017, were in attendance and sponsored category prizes and spot prizes.

Subject to permits Avon Valley Runners plan to run the next Over the Hills on Sunday 5th November 2017; starting at 10 am.