Almost 1,000 runners helped the Lichfield 10K celebrate its 21st birthday on a hot, sunny Sunday (11 September) in the Cathedral city. Organised by Lichfield Running Club, this race (there is also a 2K Family Fun Run) fundraises for local charities while encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles. There is a commemorative medal for all finishers.
This year saw the 21st outing for this well-respected event awarded a Gold Race Grade for Outstanding Race Management by the British Association of Road Races (BARR). BARR works in conjunction with UK Athletics and runbritain to improve race organisation standards throughout the country.
The runners headed out from King Edward VI Leisure Centre at 10.30am and progressed along quiet country lanes with a few hills between the 4K and 7K markers. They were helped on their way by a team of pacers from the host club whose efforts enabled many to achieve a PB on the day. All finishers received a cathedral-themed medal and a technical T-shirt.
Chris Jordan of Leicester Coritanian AC won the 2016 Lichfield 10K in 32:53. Matthew Missen of Birchfield Harriers came second in 33:11 followed by Richard White of Halesowen AC, third in 33:53.
Sally Hogan of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC won the women’s race in 40:31. Rachel Burchell was second in 41:17 with Tracy Hinxman of Hatton Darts AC, third in 41:29.
Debbie Prince was the midpoint runner in 55:01 with the last person to finish coming in at 1:38:12.