28 Aug

Jack Pickett on top at Ellesmere 10K

Jack Pickett Wins Ellesmere 10K

There was no rain on Jack Pickett’s parade despite soggy conditions at Sunday’s (26 August) Ellesmere 10K. He dodged the raindrops to post a win, his first cash prize and a PB. 

The 17-year-old wunderkind of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC continued his outstanding season, winning the Ellesmere 10K in 33:26 and achieving his goal of a sub-34 10K. He has been successful in Shrewsbury with a 5th place finish at the half marathon in June then runner up at the 10k in July. Jack went one better this time, taking first place on a fast course that for him and many others, lived up to its PB-potential reputation. 
 
Thomas Vaughan of Shropshire Shufflers was second in 33:44 followed by Matthew McCormack in 34:09.
 
In the women’s race, Kim Fawke of Lawley RC was first across the line in 36:48, another impressive performance from the Lawley runner who was the fastest female in the Shifnal Half Marathon ( 24 June). Sara Willhoit of Shrewsbury AC came second in 38:45 with Mollie Parr of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC third in 41:26. 
 
Felicity Holford was the midpoint runner in 54:50. The last runner finished in 1:42:11.
 
There were cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25 for the first, second and third male and female plus brightly coloured technical T-shirt, medal and goody bag for all finishers who made use of the facilities at Lakelands School to dry off and recover with tea, coffee and cake.  
 
Finally... a huge vote of thanks from the runners to the organisers, marshals and people of Ellesmere who braved the conditions to support those taking part.  
 
Image courtesy of Bryan Dale.