There was plenty of hareing around at yesterday's (Sunday 17 September) Calke Abbey 10K near Ticknall, Derbyshire and the eye-catching medal was one of several good reasons to sprint for the finish.
Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house and the imposing setting for this road race and while this National Trust property may be in decline, the 10K is in good health with numbers increasing each year. It is one of a trio of races organised by JackRabbit Events who are known for top quality medals and their latest offering didn’t disappoint. The wild boar themed ‘bling’ was much sought after those who took part.
James Smith of Barrow Runners won this fifth Calke Abbey 10K in a time of 38:27. Matthew Parker of Derwent Runners was second in 39:14 and nine seconds ahead of Stephen Snow (39:23) of Huncote Harriers who finished third.
Sarah Gaunt of Notts AC won the women’s race in 42:16 followed by Jamie-Clare Whittaker of Erewash Valley RC in 43:07. Amey Brassington of Barrow Runners finished over three minutes behind to take third place in 46:28.
Tracy Haymes was the midpoint runner in 1:00:30. The last runner finished in 1:37:54.
The Calke Abbey 10K started and finished in front of the 12th century baroque mansion with runners following an undulating course accompanied by smiles and rounds of applause from the marshals. Over 450 runners crossed the line to be rewarded with their highly-prized medal and a goody bag with one lucky finisher winning a super-size version.
Entries open soon for the 2018 Calke Abbey 10K.