Runners of all ages and abilities had a fun-filled day at Sunday’s (23 October) City of Birmingham 10K and 5K. Organised by UK Triathlon and supported by Birmingham City Council; this was an enjoyable event for all entrants, from first-timer to experienced runner.
In the 10K, Steven Hanly of Solihull AC was first across the line in 35:09. Daniel Williams was second in 37:19 with Sam Coxon of Lichfield RC coming third in 37:53. Jemima Lowe of Black Pear Joggers won the women’s 10K in 43:43 followed by Jill McGee in 45:03. Jo Plimmer took third place in 46:55.
Richard Kendrick (Arthritis Research UK) won the 5K in 19:31 followed by Rian Clarke in 19:46. Barry Clarke claimed the third spot in 20:45. Lydia Silk of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC won the women’s 5K in 20:51. Olivia Harris was second in 21:16 with Lauren Evans coming third in 22:36.
Runners loved two choices of distance, chip timing and free entry for under 12’s in the 5K Fun Run if accompanied by a paying adult. Plus prizes for the top three male and female in the 10K and 5K and age category awards. All finishers received a UK Triathlon medal.
Held in the attractive Sutton Park, runners followed a multi-terrain, traffic-free course of one or two laps comprised of tarmac paths, heathland and woodland.
This event joins the Great Birmingham Run (half marathon) and next year’s inaugural Birmingham International Marathon as proof of the growing running scene in the UK’s second city.
Photo courtesy of UK Triathlon.