Worcestershire grandfather and running explorer Doug Richards has just completed a busy weekend. He ran the RAF Shawbury 10K yesterday (Sunday 9 September), the day after he’d completed 8.5 parkruns for charity.
Doug Richards celebrated his 70th birthday this year by running a half marathon on every continent, finishing his seventh and final race in Antarctica. This all-continents challenge was one of several for the 70-year old Run Leader who has raised over £40,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
He took part in another challenge on Saturday (8 September) although this one was closer to home, joining a group of 70 people from Arrow Valley parkrun on their fundraising adventure (Saturday 8 September). They took on 8.5 parkruns – equivalent to a marathon - on behalf of charity Meningitis Now at a well organised event for a worthwhile cause.
This was followed by the RAF Shawbury 10K in Shropshire, an airfield race on a flat course featuring taxiways and runways so perfect for a PB. The runners battled their way through a headwind along the main runway to finish with tired legs and smiles on their faces as they collected their 100th anniversary medal and T-shirt.
Doug entered in support of his son who was in his final year of service within the RAF (the pair are featured in out photo). He crossed the line in 1:01:40 and was third in his age category. Chris Richards rounded off six years service at RAF Shawbury with 54:52; an impressive time in windy conditions that smashed his original target of a sub one hour finish.
Image courtesy of Chris Richards.