Sunday (30 August) saw the return of Oswestry Olympians’ Ellesmere 10K, the popular Shropshire club race. The event, known for its PB potential, drew a record field of 650 runners (an upturn of 150 from last year) and saw Liverpool Harriers’ Daniel Cliffe take first place, with Kim Fawke, run director at Telford parkrun, leading the female competitors home.
The small town of Ellesmere offered a scenic backdrop for runners with a number of surfaced flat trails over the course of the 10k. With just one sharp turn and a hump-back canal bridge to negotiate, the event is recognised as offering a flat profile throughout and an ideal opportunity to set a fast time at the beginning of the autumn racing season.
Cliffe, who had taken first place at July’s Lymm Festival 10K, continued his fine form to lead the field home in 31:01. Vale Royal’s Alex Hall secured second in 33:27, with Oliver Blake rounding off the top trio of male performers in 34:19.
In the women’s competition, Fawke followed up her victory at the Market Drayton 10K with another first place showing with a time of 36:20. Rachel Humphreys was her closest competitor and just seven seconds behind in 36:27, with Rebecca Harrison in third (37:37). Clare Wragg was mid-point runner in 51:41, while the field closed on 1:27:20.
Full results of the Ellesmere 10K are available here.
We would like to express our thanks to Bryan Dale of Race Photos for providing the images for this article.