The Bronsens Cotswold Classic
10 Mile Road Race
Photographs taken by Barry Cornelius18 Online Entries
2018 Race Report
‘Tap Tap. Testing’. The microphone echoed off the sunbathed wall, the sound fading with a soft gentle hum. Dan glanced down surreptitiously at his hurriedly written notes, a bead of early morning sweat glistening on his lightly tanned brow. Confidently, he stepped forward and began to speak…
Another September has passed, and another Cotswold Classic.
I have been involved for six years on the organising committee. For me, this year beats them all. Not for numbers (we were down on last year), nor for what we could offer on the day, but for sheer enjoyment. And this is why we do it isn’t it? It’s a race for the clubs, and for the community, run with maximum enjoyment for everyone in mind.
In the months leading up to the day, there had been a few hurdles – having to change the date late on in the organisation being one, but thanks to every one of you we were able to put on a race that we could all be truly proud of as a club, and I think left us all with a damn good feeling.
The weather was perfect – cool early on but warming into a fine and sunny day. The first runners set off – a visually impaired man and his guide getting going 3 minutes before the rest of the group with plenty of clapping seeing them off. The others soon followed on the sound of a klaxon, with much good cheer and merriment. They’d obviously forgotten they still had to run 10 miles up hills.
While we waited back at HQ and prepared for the arrival of the first runners, we would hear tales from various marshals about what was happening and it sounded like everyone was having a great time. The response from all the marshals was once again incomparable. The reviews we have been getting since the race have all been glowing and the friendliness and encouragement of all of you has been top of the list. (take a look at the Cotswold Classic facebook group)
The first runners came in around the 56 minute mark (i know, right?), with last year’s winner James Bolton getting revenge for his defeat to our very own Tegs Jones at last weeks Woodstock 12. Tegs coming in second overall.
And just to make you all feel better – yes, they looked knackered
The Cotswold Classic is a firmly established event in the local running calendar and is once again part of the Oxfordshire County 10 Mile Road Race Championship.
Entries for the County Championship must be in a minimum of 8 days prior to the race date.
It’s a relatively hilly/undulating course with one particularly long climb known locally as the ‘hillzakilla’ (total elevation gain is 518ft). There is however, a very fast finish with the last mile and a half being more or less downhill from New Yatt.
All advance-booking finishers will receive a long-sleeve technical shirt. We also expect them to be available for most on the day entries but can’t guarantee it simply because we don’t know how many runners will turn up (and we prefer profits to go into next year’s race or to our charity rather than down the plughole) – so best to enter in advance.
Race H.Q. and Car Park
There is on-site car parking, changing, secure baggage area, food and refreshments, chip timing and results service supplied by DBMax.
Please note that the start and finish are all now located at The King’s School, New Yatt Road, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 6TA. See map below. The car park (either at the school or nearby) will be sign-posted and marshalled.
For more details please see the Race Information Booklet.
With thanks to Barry Cornelius for providing Race Day photos.
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