Run the Claydons
Race Report 2021
In a complete contrast to the attempted running of the postponed 2020 Run the Claydons, the delayed 2021 race organised by the Friends of the Royal Latin School took place in ideal running conditions with sunshine and cloud, 7mph wind and 17 deg C temperature. A select field of 112 runners had entered, with 102 taking to the start line. With RLS Headmaster David Hudson and UK Athletics race referee on hand to oversee the start, the main race set off at 09:30, with the 96 senior runners heading off on the 7 mile route. A short while later the 6 canicross runners headed out on the same route. This year the race was kindly sponsored by Gold sponsor Planet Refill (Buckingham) and Bronze sponsors Claydon Auctioneers and Karl’s Bakery (Steeple Claydon).
The route followed pavements, tracks, fields and roads around the Claydon Estate and local farms. We are in debt to the Claydon Estate/Verney Family and the local farmers for allowing us to use the route and put up the signs to direct the runners. We provided two water tables to help keep the runners hydrated and these were manned by the Winslow Countrysiders (local young farmers) who did a great job providing the water.
Once the main race had been sent off we started the junior races. These were a 1 mile/ 1 lap route for the under 12s and a 2mile/2 lap route for the under 16s. There was some close racing in these events, with the juniors all managing to finish just before the first senior runner arrived back at the finish in East Claydon.
Our man on the mike, Martin Try, did a fabulous job at the start/finish encouraging the runners and providing updates to the spectators.
Despite the lower numbers, and with the help of our sponsors, we are looking at around £700 being added to the FRLS funds. So thanks to all who helped, ran or sponsored the 2021 races.
We hope to be back in 2022, but will need to do some planning and get landowner permissions before we can confirm.
Results & prize winners
Overall winner – Elliot Newman – Bicester Triathlon Club 42:17
2nd overall and 1st MV40 – Jimmy James – Buckingham & Stowe Running Club
3rd overall – Graham Lucas-Hill
1st MV50 – Graham Conquest
1st MV60 – Rob Lisanti
Fastest lady and 1st FV45 – Rachel Cooke – Buckingham & Stowe Running Club 47:30
1st Senior lady – Jenny Lucas-Hill
1st FV55 – Fiona Wilmore
1st Male – Steve Thompson
1st Female – Natalie Wallace
1st Boy – Robert Charlton (winner of the Tom Walsh Shield for fastest under 16)
1st Boy – Tristan John
1st Girl – Erin Jury
Full results – https://www.racesonline.uk/
A selection of photos from the day can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12SJva63Xlw9JXMl1yrxYV626kB1H3U58?usp=sharing
Barry Cornelius was also at the race photographing all the runners http://www.oxonraces.com/photos/2021-09-12-botolph-claydon-bucks/
See if you can spot some of the RLS staff who were running.