6 Aug

Gemma Steel wins new Garendon Gallop 10K

Gemma Steel Winning The New Garendon Gallop 10K

There were smiles all round from Gemma Steel when she scored an overall victory at the new Garendon Gallop 10K (Sunday 4 August) after mastering the killer hill at 9K. 

An overwhelming demand for places caused the organisers, Start To Finish Race Events to re-open online entries for their new 10k. A new event, it contained all the ingredients for a successful and friendly race – a challenging, off-road course, supportive marshals, two water stations and a quality technical T-shirt. 
 
The race started at 10.30am from Charnwood College, Loughborough as runners headed into the Garendon Park estate. It was a rare opportunity to run through this 18th century landscape park and on variable terrain that included a few hills. But the best was saved to the last in the shape of a steep hill that brought more than a few runners to a walk. 
 
However, it didn’t stop Team GB athlete Gemma Steel who ran strongly to win the inaugural Garendon Gallop 10K in 36:43 – her first overall success in a local race.  Chris Baxter of BADGERS RC was second (and 1st Male) in 37:05 and Martin Makin of Leicester Coritanian RC was third in 38:00.
 
Christina Hawtin of South Derbyshire RR was second female in 44:28 with Hollie Elliott of Charnwood AC third in 44:52.
 
There were 295 finishers, all of whom received an eye-catching technical t-shirt, water or juice and a banana. 
 
There was a lot of post-race comment about that testing incline late on in the race and organiser George Clarke has asked people to come up with a name for the killer hill. The winner will receive free entry into next year’s race.
 
Image courtesy of Steve Hillman.