August 30th 1980 was a day to remember for a number of reasons, not least the fact that both the men’s and the women’s course records were broken. In those days, before Woodstock Harriers A.C. was reformed, the race was organised by West Oxfordshire Sports Advisory Council and was was known as “Witney 12 (Blenheim) Road Race.” The winner was Bernie Ford of Aldershot, Farnham & District in an amazing 60.56.The first local man home was Oxford City’s Dave Wheeler in 67.31 which earned him 20th place. Joyce Smith of Barnet won the ladies’ race in 70.21. Both course records were broken and stand to this day. There were 307 finishers, another race record.

Position Time Name Club
160.56B.FordAldershot Farnham & District
261.25J.McLaughlanDuncairn Harriers
362.45R.TreadwellSurrey Beagles
463.11R.SamuelShaftesbury Harriers
563.17N.C.WislonArmy/Thames Valley Harriers
663.24P.CorneyPortsmouth A.C.
763.25I. BeauchampHorsham
864.13C.MoxsomHaringey A.C.
965.02J.A.KingSolihull
1065.45E.ElletsonEast Hull
1165.47R.RoathWalton A.C.
1265.53E.Austin (V45)Worcester
1365.56K.LeyshonGloucester A.C.
1465.58D.NicholsonDuncairn Harriers
1566.28K.HolmesTamworth
1666.32T.AnnettDuncairn Harriers
1766.39A.WattThames Valley Harriers
1866.45R.EllertonVale of Aylersbury
1967.12S.GatesU.S.A.
2067.31D.WheelerOxford City A.C.

A total of 24 runners finished the race inside the 2004 winning time of 67.53.