On a dry Sunday morning (30 October), 281 runners at the Bridgnorth 10K faced a long, hard road to the finish. This undulating road race has a sting in the tail in the shape of a long climb up Railway Street only 400 yards from the finish line. Large crowds of supporters lined this stretch to cheer the runners on as they battled towards the end at the iconic Town Hall.
Runners lined up for an 11am start before following an anti-clockwise route around this historic market town in Shropshire. Bridgnorth 10K is marketed as one of the most challenging races at this distance, a statement many would agree with after the ascent of Railway Street.
The hill at the finish did not stop James Hickinbottom of Shrewsbury AC from winning the Bridgnorth 10K in 34:43. Christian Evans of Telford AC was second in 35:18 with fellow teammate Matt Costello taking third place in 35:27.
Kim Fawke of Langley RC won the women’s race in 38:40 followed by Lauren Draper of Bridgnorth RC in 39:45. Rachel Coupe of Telford AC was third in 42:35.
The indomitable Kathy Ling of Wrekin Road Runners was the last placed runner in 1:38:04.
A good morning’s work for Telford AC with a runner-up and two, third place finishes.
The Bridgnorth 10K has been nominated for the 2017 Running Awards, joining many well-respected events in that category.
Photo courtesy of Paul Coupe.