The John Fraser 10M has an enviable reputation as the leading race of its kind in the East Midlands. Last Sunday’s (4 September) race lived up to its star billing.
More than 650 runners pitted themselves against a tough, undulating course in rural Leicestershire that was a good test for novices and experienced alike. No Everest-type ascents although there were more than a few gradual climbs to keep everyone on their toes.
The race was organised by Wigston Phoenix RC who inherited the rights to this race, named in honour of a well-liked club member and outstanding athlete, John Fraser. Since it started in 1998 it has grown in stature and popularity to become a top event in the region. Added to this is its place within the long-established Leicestershire Road Running League as Race 7 and the final one in the summer series.
A generous set of prizes and trophies were on offer for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd man/woman, teams of four and age category winners. All finishers were presented with a distinctive medal, that doubled up as a bottle opener, and a goody bag.
Chris Jordan of Leicester Coritanian AC was first across the line in 54:38. Tim Hartley of Barrow Runners was second in 54:45 with Matthew Poynton of Leicester Coritanian AC third in 54:53. A good win and third place finish for Leicester.
Anne Holyland of Wreake Runners won the women’s race in 61:43. Nicki Ottley De La Salle of Notts AC was second in 62:25 with Tori Green of Rugby & Northampton AC third in 63:54.
Midpoint runner was Harry Langham of Hinckley Running Club in 1:21:07.