Furnace-like temperatures, a team building event and an iconic medal sums up the Black Country Road Run (Sunday 1 July). There was even an honourable mention from Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Black Country Road Run received some pre-race publicity in the House of Commons last Wednesday (27 June) from the Conservative MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris. He had completed London Marathon and was taking part in the event along with the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street.
Morris went on to discuss the work undertaken by the organisers Halesowen and Rowley Regis Rotary Club and the thousands of pounds raised for local charities. Theresa May added her congratulations to those of Morris and others, wishing the runners, Alan Bowler and the Rotary Club good luck on Sunday.
Halesowen town centre was the location for the 10K, Family Fun Run and new for this year, a Corporate Challenge for local businesses. The 10K and Corporate Challenge started at 10am followed by the Fun Run at 11.30am for children and families. The runners completed two laps around the town before finishing at Rumbow where they were presented with their medals by the Mayor of Dudley.
David Bissell of Wolverhampton and Bilston AC was first across the line in 35:49. Wendy Mullineux of Trentham RC won the women’s race in 41:02.
Also taking part was Blind Dave Heeley who is a regular supporter of the Black Country Run and together with his guide Garry Wells ran the 10K dressed as leprechauns. They finished in 1:01:04.
Andy Street finished in 49:01; James Morris finished in 59:11.
Image courtesy of Paul Ratcliffe.