Victories all-round in the 2016 Town and Gown Matches

It’s been another great week for OUCCC both on the road and track with the annual Town and Gown 10k race on Sunday 15 May and the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match on Wednesday 18 May. Starting with the 10k, many of our runners took to the streets of Oxford for the 35th staging of this popular event. Luuk Metselaar flew round the scenic course, winning in a time of 31:33, 46 seconds clear of the second-placed runner, and making it a ‘Gown’ victory for the second year in a row. Oliver Paulin also had a great race, finishing 18th in 35:19. On the girls’ side, Bethanie Murray was the fourth senior woman home in an impressive personal-best time of 38:42.

Three days later Bethanie Murray was back racing in the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match, where she conclusively won the women’s 5000m in 17:32, smashing the Full Blue time in the process. This was Bethanie’s fourth 5000m PB on the track in the short space of three weeks. After a brilliant cross-country season, she’s now dominating the distance races on the track too. Niki Faulkner claimed a decisive victory in the men’s 5000m, achieving a huge PB of 15:54. And the victories did not stop there: Tom Binnie was rewarded for his win in the Mile with a very nice trophy.  It’s proving to be an extremely successful summer season for OUCCC and the best bit is that there’s still lots more left to come!

Helene Greenwood, OUCCC Women’s Captain 2016-17, University College

Full results of the Town and Gown 10k here.  Full results of the Town vs. Gown Athletics Match here.

This report can be accessed as a Word document here.