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