Athletes from the Cotswolds took their talents across the country over the bank holiday weekend, competing in a number of races.

It was a busy weekend for the Bourton Roadrunners, who had members taking part in events up and down England and Wales.

The main event was no doubt the Pershore Plum 10k, part of the town’s historic Plum Festival, on Sunday August 28.

Organised by Worcestershire-based Pershore Plum Plodders Club, the race involves a multi-terrain course.

Runners head out along Pershore High Street before going over the river and into the countryside and fields around Wick.

The track then returns to Pershore, finishing in Abbey Park.

Bourton Roadrunners’ Lorna Shawcross was among those taking part, finishing of 50 minutes and four seconds.

The time saw Shawcross finis second in the ladies over 55 category.

Hot on her heels was fellow Roadrunner Susan Hunt, who came third with a time of 50 minutes and 14 seconds.

The pair were bested by Tewkesbury Running Club’s Susan Baldwin, who crossed the line in 49 minutes and 19 seconds.

Cotswold Journal: Bourton Roadrunners enjoyed some success at the Pershore Plum 10k on Sunday. Picture: Bourton RoadrunnersBourton Roadrunners enjoyed some success at the Pershore Plum 10k on Sunday. Picture: Bourton Roadrunners

Also on Sunday, Tony Goodwill, one of Bourton’s original racing team, competed in the ever-popular Headington Five Miles.

The always highly competitive event forms part of the Oxfordshire racing series, with many who take part setting personal bests.

Whilst Goodwill was hoping to achieve a time nearer the 40 minute mark, he was quite satisfied with his 42 minutes and 14 seconds.

Roadrunners also took part in a number of Parkrun events all across England and Wales.

The club had a healthy representation at the Chipping Norton race, with six runners competing.

Barry O’Leary finished in a time of 23 minutes and 38 seconds to secure a course personal best and second place in the men’s over 50 category.

There was also course persona bests for Rob Williams (27 minutes  and 22 seconds) Ali Tighe (31 minutes and 27 seconds) and Gillian James (31 minutes and 27 seconds).

Rebecca Townsend and Jenny Evanson also took part in the Chipping Norton run, finishing in times of 25 minutes and 22 seconds and 37 minutes and 42 seconds respectively.

There was success elsewhere in Oxfordshire, with Step Holton earning a course personal best and first place in the ladies over 55 category at the Witney parkrun with a time 25 minutes and 38 seconds.

Gary Holton competed in the same event, finishing in 28 minutes and 12 seconds.