A swarm of over 600 runners took part in Sunday’s (24 June) Normanby Hall 10K on a super smooth, fast course in Lincolnshire. There was no sting in the tail; instead cake was waiting for them at the end.
The Normany Hall 10K is organised by Curly’s Athletes, a group of athletes, coaches and industry experts who are passionate about running, cycling and wildlife. Save the Bees is one of many causes they believe in and support. Their nature-themed races include the Hedgehog Half Marathon, the Run for Wildlife 5K and the Normanby (or Norman Bee) Hall 10K.
They set off at 10am in brilliant sunshine from Normanby Hall Estate in North Lincolnshire and continued through local villages, passing gardens that were decorated for the Burton in Bloom festival. Many of them achieved PBs in the first 5K followed by a one mile climb then a fast 1.5K downhill stretch where they made a beeline for the finish.
David Robinson of Scunthorpe & District AC was the first finisher in 33:36. His teammate Luke Stonehewer was second in 34:36 with Matthew Huteson of Gainsborough & Morton Striders third in 34:46.
Laura Kaye of Lincoln Wellington AC was Queen Bee, winning the women’s race in 38:58. Niki Whitaker of City of Hull AC came second in 42:50 followed by Sarah Francis in 43:36.
There were prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female, 1st vet, supervet and junior (male and female) and a special trophy for the Best Dressed Bee. Every finisher received a bee themed medal and cake.
Reserve a place in next year’s race. Visit Curly’s Athletes
website for more details.
Image courtesy of Ray Nicholas.