ATHLETICS: Great Gary sees off French challenge
From the archive, first published Wednesday 29th Jun 2005.
Headington Roadrunner Gary Harris led home over 750 runners in the CPM Thame 10K Road Race on Sunday.
Harris, who crossed the line in 32 mins 57secs, was too good for French visitor Stephane Vautier, who clocked 33.06.
The two leaders were followed by a cluster of local athletes, headed by Witney duo Tony Lock (34.13) and John Atyeo (34.16).
Returning to fitness after a long lay-off, Woodstock Harriers’ Dave Ashton was next home in 34.16, picking up first place in the Vet 40 age group and out-staying teammate Bryan Vaughan, who was first Vet 50 home in 34.23.
Mike Shipway made it a clean sweep for Woodstock veterans, clocking 40.21 to win the Vet 60 race.
Headington Roadrunners took first place in the team competition ahead of Woodstock.
In the ladies’ race, it was Alchester Running Club’s day as Jenny Pyper and Claire Bennett were first and second senior ladies in 39.01 and 39.36 respectively. Diane Moore, from Headington, was third in 39.45.
Senior men: 1 G Harris (Headington RR) 32.57, 2 S Vautier (Montesson) 33.06, 3 T Lock (Witney RR) 34.07. Senior ladies: 1 J Pyper (Alchester). Veteran men: 1 D Ashton (Woodstock H) 34.16. Veteran ladies: 1 S White (Handy Cross) 40.48. Supervet men: 1 B Vaughan (Woodstock H) 34.23. Supervet ladies: 1 S Barnes (Vale of Aylesbury) 43.30. Junior men: 1 C May 37.21. Junior ladies: 1 S Weeks 54.26.
Men’s team: 1 Headington RR. Women’s team: 1 Headington RR.