Fun for all the family – Brill Hilly 1st April 2012

The second year of the Brill Hilly 10k was a great success. The runners, once again, took on what can only be described as a challenging course.  Some were back for the 2nd year, perhaps Tram Hill isn’t so bad after all.  We were delighted that with the superb marshalling and organisation the whole event went off brilliantly.  Thank you to all the volunteers who marshalled the race and ensured that the safety and enjoyment of all participants was paramount.

Whilst the main race started at the windmill, a 1k fun run and a 150m dash took place back at the finish at the Brill Sports and Social club.  With the weather being very calm, cool and bright we had perfect conditions for a great mornings running.  We had 141 runners in the 10k, a fantastic number and only 9 down from last year despite the Reading and White Horse Half Marathons taking place on the same day.  Our 1k proved very popular this year with a wide range of ages taking part and the numbers well up on last year.  The Dash was thoroughly enjoyed by the littlest runners and they loved receiving their medal at the end as did the fun runners.   One young athlete said to his dad who had done the 10k, “Look daddy I have a medal just like you”.

The 10k race was won by Charlie May of the Vale of Aylesbury AC in a new course record of 35:32.  Charlie beat his 2011 winning time by just under a minute.  The first woman home was Mary Spalton in a time of 41:11, a new course record for the woman’s race. She beat last year’s time by 3 mins, a fantastic result.  Both athletes won a £50 prize sponsored by Abacus International for breaking the course records..

The first Oxford City athlete in was Jon Atyeo in a time of 36:24.  The second Oxford City athlete was 16 year old Matthieu Marshal in a time of 37:22, he took 3rd place in the Senior Mens race.  The first Brill residents home were Dominic Hilton of Thame Runners in a time of 38:53 and Emma Keys, a Handy Cross athlete, in at time of 46:02.  Max Nicole won the 1k fun run in a time of 4 mins. Congratulations to all the runners for taking on the challenge of Tram hill and winning.

Thanks to all our efforts we raised in the region of £2,500 (after all costs) for the Intsika Trust, which supports grassroots HIV/Aids projects primarily in South Africa.  We are sadly down on last year’s figures and down against what we had hoped to raise for our new projects.  We did have fewer runners raising sponsorship on our behalf this year.  If you would like to make a donation and support the work of the Intsika Trust please go to: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/TheIntsikaTrust

Our thanks to the Brill Sports and Social Club, the Brill Parish Council, GS Mechanical and the Brill CE Combined School for the use of their premises.   The medals, awards and cash prizes were provided by the sponsorship of the race by Abacus International.  The race numbers, spot prizes, energy gels and energy drink were sponsored by Up and Running Oxford.  Other prizes were provided by Hamnett Hayward and The Space in Thame.  We also received support from Taplins Plant Hire, Vegware, Alchester Running Club, the Brill Beavers and our lovely massage therapists, Clare Newell, Liz Carson and Steve Brightside, who added a wonderful extra to the day.

Thanks go to all the helpers and officials who made the day a great success for everyone.  See you in 2013