13 Nov

Runners dive in at Coalville 10K

Waterlogged Coalville 10K

There was an old school cross country feel to Sunday’s (10 November) Coalville 10K as runners tackled mud, water and hills in equal amounts. This was a race for anyone who liked a challenge and then some... 

The 8th Coalville 10K from Nice Work was held on a self-contained course of footpaths, trails and roads at Snibston Country Park, Leicestershire. Muddy conditions resulted in the organisers shifting a section of the course onto the path but it was still hard going underfoot. A shoe with a good grip was essential but armbands were optional.
 
Tricky terrain notwithstanding this was a well organised and supported race in an attractive setting. There was a children’s race 15 minutes before the 10K which started at 10.30am; the runners heading off along a twisting and turning, two lap route that was slippery in places and a ‘killer hill’ that they completed three times. 
 
Tom Potter of Ivanhoe Runners conquered the mud and the flood to win the Coalville 10K in 36:59. Jeremy Jones followed him in 37:35 with Rob Carmichael third in 37:51.
 
It was a good one and two for Barrow Runners with Emily Smith winning the women’s race in 40:09 and 7th overall and her teammate Amber Lester runner up in 41:58. Andrea Beaty was third in 46:25.
 
The last runner crossed the line in 1:28:30. There were 183 finishers.
 
This was a tough race for beginners although doable and a good, off-road thrash for the experienced runner who also enjoys cross country.
 
Image courtesy of Cheryl Broadway