Late autumn sunshine was the perfect accompaniment to the public-spirited Caythorpe 10K (Sunday 27 November). The 10K is one of four races held by the Caythorpe Playing Field Committee, joining their Dash, Canter and Chase events as a fundraiser for the local community. The committee uses the funds to improve local amenities such as the playing field for the benefit of present and future generations.
A field of 60 runners including a few, four-legged entrants lined up ready for an 11am start of this demanding race. They followed a hilly, muddy route from Caythorpe to Fulbeck and back again, on a mixture of trails and roads that tested their strength of mind and their legs.
Jason Williams of Hermitage Harriers RC was first across the line, winning in 35:12. James Rastall of Newark Striders was over a minute and half behind the winner, taking second place in 36:55. Josh Pocklington (and his canine partner) of Canicross Midlands came third in 39:26. Josh and partner not only managed a podium place but were the first Canicross pair to finish.
Eleanor George won the women’s race in 43:26 followed by Ellie Pocock in 44:15. Annabel Prow of Holme Pierrepont RC took third place in 45:26.
The field closed on 1:15:56.
There were medals for all finishers followed by refreshments at the Caythorpe & Frieston Sports and Social Club with the latter proving to be especially welcome.
Photo courtesy of Caythorpe Playing Field Committee.