19 Sep

Given A Runaround At Rodbaston

runners exit the start gate at Rodbaston 10K

On Saturday (17 Sept), a Staffordshire agricultural college opened up its grounds to a new, cross-country 10K for the very first time. Not the only ‘first’ for this race…

Rodbaston Hall, a conference and wedding venue owned by South Staffordshire College was the setting for this multi-terrain race. Based in Penkridge, Staffordshire and organised by Mash Running, the Rodbaston 10K contained all the elements needed for a successful event with the emphasis on enjoyment. 
The race started at 11am from Rodbaston Hall with the going ‘good to soft’ or very soft, as runners had to contend with deep mud and water. A field of 271 runners followed an off-road route around the Rodbaston estate with a few equestrian-type obstacles along the way to mix things up a bit. There was nothing full-on, OCR (obstacle course racing) style, although they still presented a challenge for those taking part. 
Daniel Maskew of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC won in 38:56. Simon O’Connor of Lichfield RC was second in 39:32 with Paul Richards of Telford AC taking third place in 39:45. 
It was a first ever 10K win for Frances Vickers of Uttoxeter Road Runners who was first female in 46:53. Deborah Blakeman of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was second in 47:50 with Alison Preece of Telford AC coming third in 49:16. 
Nigel Lee of Newcastle Staffs AC was the midpoint runner in 1:01:51.
Penkridge Runners claimed the trophy for the ‘Biggest Team’ pre-entered into this event. 
All finishers were presented with a custom-designed Rodbaston medal.    
Photo courtesy of Mash Running.