The Wellingborough 5 (or ‘Welly 5’) proved a perfect way to spend a Sunday (31 July), with nearly 250 runners following a relatively flat route around quiet country lanes in Northampton. The sold-out race was praised for its flawless organisation, friendly marshals and scenic location.
The 5-miler has an enduring appeal and continues to draw runners from across the region, mainly due to the likelihood of achieving a PB. The 2016 race sold out a week beforehand – proof of its popularity within the running community.
Wellingborough & District AC have been hosting this event since 1998 and take pride in the reputation it has built over the years. The race is part of Northamptonshire Athletics Association Road Race League and one of three County Championship events, including a 10-miler and a half marathon.
Prizes for the first three finishers in all categories and for first and second place UKA affiliated teams. There were also County Championship medals for men from Vet40 and women from Vet35 upwards.
A percentage of the race proceeds donated to Wellingborough & District AC’s chosen recipient for 2016, The Brain Tumour Charity.
Mark Ryall of Milton Keynes AC was the winner of the Welly 5 in 24:49. Mariusz Iwaniec of WDAC was second in 27:17 with Luke Montgomery of Corby AC in third place in 27:25.
Rachel Doherty of Higham Harriers was first lady in 28:35 followed by Jo Coates of St Edmunds Pacers in 30:06. Rosanna Andrews of Northampton Road Runners was third in 31:01. There was also an accompanying 2K Junior Dash for children.
Photo courtesy of Wellingborough & District AC.