The expression 'take a running jump' had a different meaning at Saturday’s (23 September) Rodbaston 10K as over 250 runners launched themselves around a cross country course with a few surprises along the way.
The 19th century Rodbaston Hall in Penkridge was the venue for this fun-filled race that attracted both novice and experienced runners, keen to try the odd obstacle or two. They leapt over jumps, climbed over stiles and waded through water as they passed through the Rodbaston estate. More water, albeit the drinking variety, was available at the half way point.
Nick Bradley of Newport & District RC rose to the occasion, winning the 10K in 40:54. Matthew Pleass of Ivanhoe Runners was second in 41:17, only three seconds in front of his teammate Craig Hinds, third in 41:20.
Jackie Bradshaw of Halesowen ACC won the women’s race in 46:38 followed by Charlotte Monk in 48:05. Louise Southall took third place in 48:58.
Ian Waugh was the midpoint runner in 1:03:07. The last runner crossed the finish line in 1:48:22.
There were trophies for first, second and third male and female, plus first under 18 years, with a bespoke medal for all finishers. The event is one of several organised by Mash Running who have a friendly, inclusive ethos and are keen to encourage newcomers to the sport. Their well-organised, accessible races are held in scenic locations and as a result, have become popular with the local running community.
The Rodbaston 10K along with the Penkridge 10K and the Chillington Hall Half Marathon have been nominated for the 2017 Running Awards. Voting is now open.
Photo courtesy of Russell Breeze Photography.