Burdus-Cook storms to victory in opening Tempo Winter Series race
REIGNING champion Matt Burdus-Cook stormed to victory in first race of the 11th Tempo Winter 10k Series in Ilmington on Sunday.
Operating under a different timetable and in time trial format, groups of five or six runners were given a specific start time, only allowed to arrive 30 minutes before and having to leave 30 minutes after finishing the course.
First off were the fastest group and reigning champion Burdus-Cook ran the race pretty much on his own to win by almost three minutes in 37:06.
Three other Stratford AC runners in the same fastest group also ran strongly.
Andy Cook finished seventh in 41:38 and Jamie Chorley was close behind in 42:12.
Meanwhile, Adrian Mason came home tenth in 43:18.
In the next group, Owen Goschen finished 11th in 43:27 while James Coy put in a strong run to clock 45:12 and finish just outside the top 20.
Graham Hill clocked 47:45 and Joe Lee finished in a time of 48:03. First lady back for Stratford AC was Fern Hordern, who was fifth lady overall and FV45 winner in 50:08.
Louise Stewart (11th female) put in a great time of 56:42 and she was followed by Rebecca Pridham (12th lady, 57:31).
The boys dropped off a bit in the village section, with Simon Curran (57:47) just beating an injured Tony Tomacek (57:51).
Richard Hartwell completed the course in 59:14 and a happy Lara Bakewell clocked 63:10.
She was closely followed by Christian Williams in 63:15.
Clare Eynon came back in 65:34 while Paul Nash finished in 70.22.
Bringing up the rear for Stratford was John Butler (84:16) who won the M75 title.