9 Nov

In The Fast Lane At Rockingham

Rockingham 10 Medals
There was another type of circuit racing at Sunday’s (5 November) Rockingham 10. It was about two legs rather than four wheels but there were still plenty of flying starts.

Hosted by SBR Events, the Rockingham 10 was a speedy affair with runners battling for the optimum racing line around Europe’s fastest circuit. The day started with a duathlon at 9am followed by the 5k, 10k and 10 mile races at 1pm on smooth tarmac at Rockingham Motor Speedway and finished in front of the grandstand stadium. 
There were opportunities to make pit stops for hydration via several water stations around the oval circuit with ongoing support from enthusiastic marshals. Their encouragement was, for many runners, a high point of an event that had achieved a top UK rating in 2016 and performed to the same high standard this year. 
In the 5k, Nick Lobb of Corby AC was first across the line in 18:32. Lucy Watts of Wellingborough & District AC was the fastest female in 19:29. 
Paul Gowdridge of Birstall RC won the 10k in 35:52. Clare Surrell of Huncote Harriers won the women’s race in 45:05. 
There was a step up in distance to 10 miles and a win for Alexander Ash of Wellingborough & District AC in 56:31. He wasn’t quick enough to beat the 2014 course record of 52:29 which still stands. 
His teammate Kelly Barnett was also in winning form to become the first lady in 1:06:30.  
Nearly 600 runners took part and every finisher received an appropriately themed racing car medal for their efforts. 
Photo courtesy of SBR Events.