Ferguson flies in Bourton 10k

On a bright and cold February morning the annual Bourton 10k once again drew a strong field of athletes to compete over the iconic distance on the country roads in and around the picture-perfect Cotswold village of Bourton on the Water. And for the second time in recent years, CLC Strider speed merchant Will Ferguson emerged as the victor – this time in 32:17.8, his fastest time over the Bourton course. 2018 has seen Ferguson run a PB 10k in Telford of just outside 32 minutes, win his own club’s Staverton 10-mile race and now bag top honours in Bourton. With his family and baby daughter all watching on, flying Ferguson did the club proud once again.

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Will Ferguson, striding to victory.

Next home for CLC on the day was Jon Howes in a superb sub 37-minute PB time of 36:52.6 as 4th in his V40 category. Deep into his London marathon training, Howes showed just what great form he’s in. Will Pearce came home in 38:14.4, only one week after running a very fast time in the Wokingham Half Marathon. Another PB was achieved by the fast-improving Clark Lawson who finished well under his 40-minute target in a really strong 39:07.3. Veteran Andy Brookes also broke the magical 40-minute barrier, perfectly paced again by club stalwart Chris Hale, to a time of 39:49.7 and finishing 9th in the V50 category.

Gareth Harries surprised himself, coming back after a series of injuries, to run close to a PB in a time of 41:33.2. Stuart Barr finished in 42:19.7 and Andrew Gage ran a PB of 43:29.0 to finish 8th in his V55 category. Bradley Coates clocked 44:43, Edward Collier finished as the 8th V60 racer in 46:51.9, Gary Smith registered 47:40.5 and Chris Thomas came in well under 50 minutes in 48:35.1.

Other finishers for CLC on the day were: Sarah Wilson in 53:09.8, Gordon Bendall in 53:13.5, Mike Speke in 54:34.5, Charlie Haward in 58:13.9, and Janet Mustoe in 1:00:03.0.