THE ANNUAL Bourton One-Mile Challenge reached its capacity for the first time this year and among the competitors were nine Stratford Athletic Club members.
It was also something of a family affair for eight of the Stratford runners. There were two members of the Adams family, two from the Williams family and four Gravelsons, who were able to resume their rivalry.
First home for Stratford and winner of the junior race was Alex Adams in the superb time of just 5.25. Alex was two seconds quicker than fellow club member Dylan Williams (26th – 5.27) and his ever-improving brother Ollie (42nd – 5.42) who ran brilliantly.
Christopher Hunt (58th – 6.02) knocked 20 seconds off his previous best time and his sister Annabella Williams recorded a time of 6.39, finishing in 89th place.
With regards to the Gravelsons’ family battles, Harry is happier over a longer distance and so was keen to beat the rest of his family.
Keeping his pace constant, he moved past Brian at the half-mile point and then Charlotte at the three-quarter point, but Charlotte pushed her brother hard over the last quarter mile, so that both achieved personal bests.
Harry (73rd – 6.21) just edged out Charlotte (74th – 6.22) on the line, followed by Brian (6.39) in exactly the same time as Annabella Williams. Mother Alison (161st – 10.17) slashed her personal best by some 52 seconds.
The race was won by David Roper in a time of 4.35. First lady to finish, in 17th place, was Elsie Butler in 5.14.
Report compiled by David Jones.