Daughter and dad both finish in second spot
SEVENTY hardy runners braved wind, rain and mud to take part in Cotswold Running Club's Broadway Tower Marathon and half marathon trail races.
The course started at Broadway Tower Country Park and followed footpaths, bridleways and country lanes to Stanway, Winchcombe and points in between.
The marathon runners set off with the clouds sitting heavily on Middle Hill, before the weather broke.
The half marathon began at 10.30am, just as the rain lifted.
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While the footpaths along the route are normally firm the past six months of above-average rainfall turned the race into a endurance challenge.
Towcester's Simon Woodward won the half marathon in one hour, 59 minutes and 56 seconds followed by Winchester-based ladies winner Ceci Davis-Hayes (2:06.44).
Stratford's Dave Burford and Karl Potts rounded off the men's top three.
Charlotte Jeffries and Sabrina Verjee finished second and third, less than a minute apart in the ladies race.
In the marathon the runners had increasingly difficult conditions to contend with, where the Cotswold and Winchcombe Ways had turned from solid track into shin-deep mud from the unrelenting rain of the past months.
London teacher Jonny Muir dominated the field throughout the race, winning in 3:52.09.
Twenty-five minutes later proud father Jeffrey Hayes from Philadelphia, emulated his daughter by finishing second.
Bristol's Andy Breeze crossed the line in 5:10.19 to finish third.
Cheltenham's Corry Ravenscroft won a competitive ladies race, finishing in 5:17.52 after overtaking Oxford's Katy Fifield and Draycote's Tracy Avill in the final miles.