Monday - May 29, 2017

The Bayer Newbury 10k was a real scorcher on Sunday as the sun came out to help celebrate the tenth running of the event.

Over 950 take part in Bayer Newbury 10k and junior races

10k start

Reading, 28 May, 2017:

The Bayer Newbury 10k was a real scorcher on Sunday as the sun came out to help celebrate the tenth running of the event.


Runner after runner sprinted to the finish after giving it their all in the multi terrain 10k race.  They were welcomed by a posse of smiling volunteers and local VIPs, all keen to congratulate the runners and give them the medals they so richly deserved.  And the 10k runners were preceded by two junior races which saw under 16s sprint round a shortened town centre route, making it a great family event. A total of 953 runners took part altogether, in all the races.


Bayer’s head of Corporate Communications, Simon Greenstreet, said: “It’s been a great day and it’s very satisfying to see so many runners out there enjoying themselves, and helping us to raise so much money for charity.  Since 2008, we have raised £93,000 for our nominated charities.


“A huge well done to the runners, and to Newbury Athletic Club for organising the event so well, with our team in support.  A very well done, also to those seven runners who have now completed all ten Bayer Newbury 10k races – it really is a most impressive feat!

0.9km junior race

First home in the men’s race was Julien Lhomme, of Headington Roadrunners, in 37m.58s, just ahead of Simon Whatson, 38.10, and Michal Szczepanczyk, of Newbury AC, 38.20.


The winner set a strong pace and had already established a lead by the 8km mark when the race came back through the town centre.  He said “I wasn’t expecting to win as I’ve been coming back from a four-year break from racing, so I’ve only got back into training in the last six months.  But I work in Newbury, so I liked the idea of doing a local 10k.”


Hannah Claydon of Swindon Harriers, the runaway winner of the women’s race in 39.48, was also not expecting to win, having “looked up the race times from last year and saw some really quick runners.”  However she established an early lead and finally proved so dominant that she finished 9th overall out of all the men and women competing.


The biggest cheer of all was reserved for the firemen of Newbury, who went round dressed in full kit, carrying a nine metre ladder in 25 degree heat.


A dripping crew manager, Mike Wilson, said heat had been the biggest factor.  “Our kit is very good at keeping the heat out, but that also means it’s good at keeping it in!” he admitted afterwards.


The town mayor of Newbury, Cllr David Fenn, who started the 10k race with a blast of the klaxon, said:  “I was very pleased to be invited to start the 10k race and present the trophies.  My thanks go to Bayer and Newbury AC for their brilliant organisation and the fundraising for Naomi House and Jacksplace and Newbury AC, along with all the individual runners who were raising money for their own particular charities.”

1.5km junior race

The junior races produced highly impressive winners – Jacob Woods and Aimee Dickson in the 0.9km race, and George Ferguson and Emma Downie in the 1500m race.  In both races only a few seconds separated the boys from the girls.


Chairman of West Berkshire Council, Quentin Webb, who started the junior races, added: “Congratulations to Bayer and Newbury AC for such a superb tenth anniversary race.  Although it was a hot day, everyone came back looking happy and it was clear they’d enjoyed it.  I was very happy and honoured to be a part of this very big day.”


Runners can all download pictures for free from the website of race photographer  The results can also be viewed online at


Results summary – Bayer Newbury 10k


  1. Julien Lhomme, Headington Roadrunners, 37.58
  2. Simon Whatson, 38.10
  3. Michal Szczepanczyk, Newbury AC, 38.20


Men Over 40 –  Lee Tolhurst, Overton Harriers & AC, 39.00

Men Over 50 – Mark Curtis, 39.53

Men Over 60 – Frank Colman, Vegan Runners, 48.53



  1. Hannah Claydon, Swindon Harriers, 39.48
  2. Stacey Morris – 42.36
  3. Lizzie Blaxland – 45.20


Women Over 35 – Nicky Bartlett, 46.18

Women Over 45 – Jane Stewart, 49.27

Women Over 55 – Margaret Moody, Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, 49.08



Juniors – 5-11, 0.9km - boys

  1. Jacob Woods, 03m.07s
  2. William Jardine, 03.09
  3. Charlie Adams, 03.11


Juniors – 5-11, 0.9km, girls.

  1. Aimee Dickson, 03m.10s
  2. Kirsten Fraser, 03.12
  3. Zoe Allen, 03.17


Juniors – under 16s, 1500m, boys

  1. George Ferguson, 05m13s
  2. Joseph Sheridan, 05.34
  3. Reggie Organ, 05.50


Juniors – under 16s, 1500m – girls

  1. Emma Downie, 05.40;
  2. Gabrielle Stewart-Power, 06.11
  3. Daisy Tolhurst, 06.45

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