The autumnal surrounds of Bournville, Birmingham were the location for the aptly named Leafy 10K on Sunday 1 October. The foliage shaped medal was one of several highlights.
Smoothly organised by Bournville Harriers, the Leafy 10K was a hit with everyone who took part, with praise for the course, marshals and, of course, the medal. Not forgetting the generously stocked goody bag worth an award of its own. The race started at 10am from the Rowheath Pavilion, one of two charity recipients of the race along with Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.
The multi-terrain, muddy course posed a challenge to a field of 230 runners who made their way around two laps of the parks and streets in Bournville. There was plenty of support and encouragement from marshals and spectators and many were spurred on by the promise of cakes at the finish.
Henry Brocklehurst recorded a win for the host club, crossing the finish line in 37:15. Paul Jolliffe of Kings Heath RC followed him in 37:49 with Mark Hill of Rugby & Northampton AC coming third in 38:05.
Alex Mold won the women’s race in 43:36. Grace Allen of Stourbridge RC was second in 45:21, over two minutes ahead of Esther Holyoake of Badgers RC who was third in 47:47.
The last runner finished in 1:37:15. Badgers RC retain the trophy for the most represented club.
This race is popular with runners who use it as preparation for the Great Birmingham Run – Half Marathon, which this year is on the 15 October. That is also the date for the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon.