9 May

Fun In The Sun At The Market Drayton 10K

Town Crier Starts The Runners At The 2016 Market Drayton 10KThe heat was on at the Market Drayton 10K in Shropshire but this hugely popular race did not disappoint, with a large turnout that broke all-time records. The famed goody bag also lived up to its reputation…

2016 was once again a hugely successful running of the Market Drayton 10K with nearly 3,000 runners participating in this slick, well-supported event known for its carnival-like atmosphere. 

This race was recently voted the best 10k for the fourth consecutive year by readers of Runner’s World with further confirmation on social media. Among this year's charity runners were father and son Andrew and Tommy Davies who dressed as Superman and Batman to fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The superhero duo have completed several of these 10K’s along with other races, with father Andrew pushing Tommy in his wheelchair around the course to raise awareness of this condition.  
One enterprising group added a ‘winter sports’ theme to their fundraising efforts in the shape of the ‘Wolverhampton Bobsled’. With a reference to the film ‘Cool Runnings’, based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team’s appearance in the 1988 Winter Olympics: this four-man team carried the bobsled around the course as part of their charity events for World Cancer Research Fund UK. 
Phil Nicholls of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC won this year’s 10K in a blistering time of 30:42, narrowly missing the course record. David Webb of Telford AC was second in 31:51 with Tarus Elly of Salford Harriers taking third place in 32:46. 
Tessa Clarke also of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC was fastest lady in 36:31 followed by Rachel Parker of West Mercia in 39:08. Sara Willhoit of Shrewsbury AC was third in a time of 40:57. 
Entries for the 2017 Market Drayton 10K open on Monday 9th May. Visit the website for more details.  

Photo courtesy of Brian Smith (West Midlands Running Scene)