The thought of a fast finish on the athletics track acted as a magnet for hundreds of runners who pounded the roads at the Burton 10K on Sunday (21 August).
Superbly organised by Hatton Darts Running Club this challenging road race is a regular fixture in the Burton & District Summer League (BDSL) and is popular for its hilly route and low entry fees. The race is held at Shobnall Leisure Complex in Burton-upon-Trent with a 10.30am start (1-mile fun run at 9.45am).
Around 250 runners set off along an undulating course with the first three miles all uphill, although there was some relief provided by the downhill sections on the way back. Their efforts were rewarded with a 400-metre finish on the athletics track at the Leisure Complex in front of friends and family.
There were prizes for the first, second, third man and woman and veteran age categories, with an extra incentive of £50 for a new course record.
It was a good result for the host club with Jamie Fletcher of Hatton Darts winning the 2016 Burton 10K in 35:54. Christopher Pearson of South Derbyshire Road Runners was second in 36:24 with John Doyle of Lichfield RC third in 36:28.
Louise Insley of South Derbyshire Road Runners won the women’s race in 38:52. Rachel Olivant of Derby AC was second in 39:20 with Sarah Dauncey of Lichfield RC third in 39:47.
Controversy surrounded this year's Burton 10K with the disqualification of 11 runners after marshals spotted them wearing headphones.