There was plenty to celebrate at yesterday's (Sunday’s 7 April) Derby 10K with help from the 8k ‘party corner’. Wins for Alex Pilcher and Lisa Palmer-Blount and thousands raised for charity.
Organised by Derby County Community Trust (DCCT), this popular and well supported race was the biggest to date as runners took to the streets, many of whom were fundraising for charity. It is an important fundraiser for the DCCT who aim to improve the lives of people in Derby through participation in sport.
The event included a Family 3K Fun Run and a business team challenge as well as the 10K with the latter open to wheelchair athletes. This fitted in with the organisers’ inclusive ethos..
A warm up at 8.30am got everyone fired up as they made their way to the start at 8.45am. The wheelchair race began at 8.55am followed by the main race at 9am – the 3K Fun Run started at 10.30am. The field surged away from Pride Park Stadium on closed roads and passed Derby Cathedral, the Guildhall and the Silk Mill among others and were kept well fuelled thanks to sweets from the 8km party corner that provided support along with the sustenance.
Alex Pilcher of Derby AC was first across the line in 31:32 followed by Joe Rainsford of Heanor RC in 31:51. Samuel Moakes of Sutton in Ashfield Harriers & AC was third in 31:59.
Lisa Palmer-Blount was the fastest female in 36:29. Veleska Wills of Derby AC was second in 36:45 and Carolyn Johnson of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC third in 37:06.
More than £30,000 has been raised for the Derby County Community Trust.
Image courtesy of Craig Barker.