There was a top-flight performance from Elinor Kirk to win the women’s race at the Telford 10K (Sunday 11 Dec) in 32:35. Elinor also set a new women’s course record, finishing 12 seconds inside the previous best. The Swansea Harriers and Commonwealth Games athlete showed why she is one of Wales’s top female runners with an outstanding display of running.
Kirk Fast Tracks To Victory At Telford
Lucy Crookes of Leeds City AC was over a minute and half behind Kirk, taking second place in 34:02. Nicole Roberts of Birchfield Harriers was third in 34:09.
There was a quality field in the men’s race and the closest of finishes with only a second separating each of the first four. Joshua Grace of Aldershot, Farnham and District AC won in 29:21 followed by Tom Lancashire of Bolton United Harriers in 29:22. Jake Shelley of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers was third in 29:23 with Ieuan Thomas of Cardiff AAC taking fourth spot in 29:24.
All of these elites have represented Great Britain on the international stage.
The depth and breadth of talent at the Telford 10K was evident with the first 18 runners going under 30 minutes, followed by 19 runners posting sub-31 finishing times. A record number of entrants (1017) finished the race with the last runner home in 1:45:44.
Finally, a special mention from Telford AC to race director Dave Mansbridge for a professionally organised race. Accompanied by a vote of thanks to everyone who helped and supported at the 32nd Telford 10K.
Photo courtesy of Brian Smith.