5 Jan

Muddy New Year At Worcester

New Year's Day DirtRun 5K And 10K At Croome Park WorcesterBleak weather conditions made Sunday's (1 January) New Year’s Day DirtRun a feat of endurance. A resolute group of 264 runners including 27 juniors battled against the elements as well as the course at Coombe Park in Worcester.

They faced strong headwinds, driving rain and mud at the mass start event – one of several organised by Pulse Pursuits. The Pulse Pursuits team hosts a series of multi-terrain DirtRuns in scenic locations across the Midlands along with cycling, paddling and bespoke/corporate events. Their ethos is about providing enjoyable events while fundraising for charity, in this case St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford. 
Senior runners had a choice between a 5K and 10K with a 3K option for juniors. The multi-terrain race started and finished at Top Barn Activity Centre at Croome Park with runners tackling trails, paths, tracks and woods. Not to mention the mud that sapped the legs and energy levels although spirits remained high; largely due to the support of the marshals who clapped and cheered everyone despite the weather. 
In the 5K, Paul Dolphin was the first to finish in 22:43 followed by Neill Crump in 24:00. Daniel Aliwell was third in 24:30. Lauren Cooper was the first female in 24:19 with Kelly Langley coming second in 29:36. Deb Cartlidge took third place in 30:49. 
In the 10K, William Joyce was first home in 38:36 followed by Dan Geisler in 38:49. Andrew Fisher came third in 39:21. Niki Morgan was first female in 45:53 followed by Jacqui Phillips in 46:56 and Julia Ebbrell in 51:55.  Linus Burnage (Boys – over 8 yrs) won the 3K race. 
All finishers received a bespoke medal and goodies .
Photo courtesy of Pulse Pursuits.