THE gale-force winds leading up to this year’s annual multi-terrain running event Rough ‘n’ Tumble held at Milton Lilbourne did not deter the 600 runners taking part.

Conditions were once again muddy and slippy but strong winds on the high, exposed parts of the course prevented any record-breaking times.

Winner Hugh Mackenzie, from Stockbridge, led from start to gun, finishing in a time of 1.08.27 with second place once again going to Team Bath’s Allister Sheffield in 1.09.14. Local man Nathan Montague of Clench, who runs for Swindon Harriers came third in 1.09.38.

In the women’s race, Fay Cripps, who had won for the past two years, clinched victory for a third year in 1.18.54 with Nadine Lewycky, of Marshal Milton Keynes, finishing half a minute behind her in 1.19.28. Third lady was Rebecca Awde, of Bristol & West, in 1.23.10.

Competition was strong between the local clubs with Chippenham Harriers fielding 20 runners, Swindon Striders (25), Royal Wootton Bassett (25) and Swindon Shin Splints (18).

But the team prizes went to Team Bath for the men’s team and Bristol & West for the ladies.

All finishers received a medal, while Milton Lilbourne village hall provided refreshments, marshalling and parking.

Roll of Honour

Male: 1 Hugh Mackenzie 1.08.27; 2 Allister Sheffield (Team Bath AC) 1.09.14; 3 Nathan Monatague (Swindon Harriers) 1.09.38 

Male Vet 40: Andrew Ind (Newbury AC) 1.11.37; Male Vet 50: Gavin Fisher (1.14.01); Male Vet 60: Stephen Owen, 1.29.48

Male Vet 70: Timothy Powell (Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds) 2.29.15

Female: 1 Fay Cripps (Chichester Runners) 1.18.54; 2 Nadine Lewycky (Marshall Milton Keynes) 1.23.10; 3 Rebecca Awde (Bristol & West) 1.23.10; Female 35: Fay Cripps (Chichester Runners) 1.18.54

Female 45: Fiona Gordon (Swindon Striders) 1.24.46

Female 55: Alice Lewis (Dursley & District AC) 1.40.13.