Everyone was footloose and snow-free at Saturday’s (9 December) cold but dry Wheatley 10 as over 120 runners enjoyed a challenging off-roader.
There was a festive mood to the race beginning with the race director’s Santa themed briefing. He conducted this and the countdown dressed as Father Christmas getting a piggyback on a reindeer, adding an element of fun while providing a source of amusement. Several marshals joined in the Christmas spirit by wearing novelty hats as they kept the runners hydrated via the drinks and aid stations.
With faster runners starting at the front of the field they were sent on their way at 9am from South Wheatley Village Hall, Retford in Nottinghamshire. They followed a twisting and turning 10.1 mile course on farm tracks and fields then onto a minor road for some downhill sections before steep climb up Howbeck Hill. All of which included stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
It was a tale of Two Tims in the men’s race with Tim Clayton of Ripley RC winning the Wheatley 10 in 1:09:22 followed by Tim Baker in 1:09:40. Jose Dias was third in 1:09:48. All three men posted sub-1 hour 10 finish times.
Dace Fenton of Retford AC won the women’s race in 1:20:15. Amie Baker was second in 1:26:56, an outstanding result as she had only returned to running six months ago after breaking a leg. In addition, this was the furthest she had run in five years. Rache Stone came third in 1:28:07.
Lee Rippon was the midpoint runner in 1:42:17. The last runner crossed the line in 2:40:41.
This was an enjoyable morning for everyone involved and a well-delivered event from Ronnie Staton at HOBO Pace.