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Over 300 runners in this year’s Kintbury 5





The five-mile annual run known as the Kintbury 5 had 200 adults taking part in the race this year, up from 150 in 2023.

As well as the main five-mile route, there was also a shorter two-mile race and two junior races, which took the total number of runners to over 300 for Sunday’s (May 12) event.

Around 300 runners took part in this year's Kintbury 5, credit: Christopher Culley
Around 300 runners took part in this year's Kintbury 5, credit: Christopher Culley
And they're off!, credit: Christopher Culley
And they're off!, credit: Christopher Culley

Michael Stone was the winner of the Kintbury 5 with a time of 28:14. Second place went to Bernie Gerrard who went round in 29:46, and third was Richard Fogg in 30:53.

Emily Seath was the first woman round the course with a time of 34:35, and in second place was Claire Hall in a time of 34:48.

Race winner Michael Stone, credit: Christopher Culley
Race winner Michael Stone, credit: Christopher Culley
(from left) Michael Stone, Bernie Gerrard and Richard Fogg, credit: Christopher Culley
(from left) Michael Stone, Bernie Gerrard and Richard Fogg, credit: Christopher Culley

Chief organisers Nikki Thomson Giles and Dave Wright had with them a small army of volunteers - mostly made up of village locals - who helped out with registration, bar and food duties, marshalling, time keeping, tail-running and start and finish organisation.

The organisers said: “The Kintbury 5 is a five mile run organised by the Kintbury St Mary's Primary School PTA with the support of local runners.

Action from the first junior race, credit: Christopher Culley
Action from the first junior race, credit: Christopher Culley
A smiling mother and daughter duo taking part in the junior race, credit: Christopher Culley
A smiling mother and daughter duo taking part in the junior race, credit: Christopher Culley

“All profits help to raise funds for Kintbury St Mary's Primary School, providing vital resources to support the children in their learning and development.”

The Kintbury 5’s challenging course began with a long uphill section. The run was particularly hard going this year with temperatures reaching 25˚C.

Around 300 runners took part in this year's Kintbury 5, credit: Christopher Culley
Around 300 runners took part in this year's Kintbury 5, credit: Christopher Culley
A team of runners from Newbury Athletic Club took part, credit: Christopher Culley
A team of runners from Newbury Athletic Club took part, credit: Christopher Culley

The Kintbury 5 was the second race in the Run West Berks series which started earlier in May with the Chieveley Chase, and then continues with the Hungerford Harey 8 and finishes with the Inkpen Gibbet Challenge.

Those that finish all four races get a commemorative t-shirt.



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