It was a celebratory second outing for the Mercedes-Benz of Shrewsbury 10K on Sunday 19 March. Organised by Ultimate Fitness Experience and with double the number of entries compared to the inaugural 2016 race, this event took place on closed roads around the historic Shropshire town.
2,000 runners set off from the High Street At 9am, with plenty of support from spectators lining the route, creating a lively atmosphere and a positive community spirit. These shouts of encouragement were particularly welcome at the two hill climbs in the early part of the race.
Adam Peacock of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC was first across the line in 33:39 followed by Paul Ward in 34:11. Andrew Salt of Croft Ambrey RC came third in 35:16.
Nicola Davies of Maldwyn Harriers won the women’s race in 40:27 followed by Belle Ward in 40:41. Lucie Tait-Harris of Telford AC was third in 41:06.
Craig Birch was the midpoint runner in 55:09.
Many charities benefitted from the race with several participants wearing fancy dress as part of their fundraising efforts. These included Rupert Bear and Puff the Asthma Dragon.
Rupert Bear, aka Claire Mathias, ran in aid of a five-year-old Bridgnorth boy with cancer, helping to raise funds for life-saving treatment in the USA. She was accompanied by members of Bridgnorth RC and Puff the Asthma Dragon (or Dana Power) from Bridgnorth who was running for Cameron’s Fund at Asthma UK. Dana’s costume had undergone a makeover prior to Sunday’s race and appeared as a female dragon (Puffina) ahead of its debut at London Marathon.
Entries have opened for the 2018 Shrewsbury 10K. For more information, visit the event website
Photo courtesy of Darren Hall.