Over 100 runners marked Bank Holiday Monday (26 August) with an enjoyable 10K run in Rugeley. They encountered trails and tunes around Cannock Chase.
Rugeley Leisure Centre was the venue for the 10K, an annual trail race held on the August Bank Holiday that is open to runners of all ages and abilities, from novices through to experienced club athletes. All of whom experienced the beautiful surroundings of Cannock Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Staffordshire.
The event raises funds for Rugeley Open Spaces Association: a charity that provides and manages open spaces for leisure and recreational purposes by the local community.
Blue skies and sunshine were a pleasant change for the Bank Holiday although the heat made it harder than usual for a trail run. The runners were sent on their way at 10.30am from the Leisure Centre to follow a scenic, undulating course around The Chase with support from marshals en route. In particular a group of young marshals from Rugeley Rugby Club provided musical encouragement by singing to the runners which helped many of them to the finish.
Jack Goodwin was the overall winner in 38:27, only 10 seconds between him and Simon Latham who finished second in 38:37. Matthew Woodman was third in 38:48.
Kelly Butler won the women’s race in 41:48. Chloe Hawkins was second in 44:40 and Frances Vickers third in 45:00.
There was an old-style green T-shirt and medal for every finisher and a round of applause for everyone involved not least the U15’s rugby squad and their songs.
Image courtesy of Rugeley Leisure Centre.