Over 600 runners followed in the footsteps of athletics legends at the new Birmingham Running Festival (Saturday 19 October). This small but perfectly formed event was a big hit with participants.
Sutton Park was the venue for the new Birmingham Running Festival organised by RunThrough. The 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve is one of the largest urban parks in Europe and contains numerous paths and bridleways that are ideal for running. It hosts several events during the year including the National Road Relays where Sir Mo Farah, Andy Vernon and other high profile figures raced to glory.
There was three distances to choose from – 5K (one lap), 10K (two laps) and Half Marathon (four laps) on a well marked and efficiently marshalled course in an attractive setting. These options made it an accessible event for the newcomer as well as the experienced club runner and the hills presented a sufficient challenge. The sun shone, the warm-up got everyone ready to run and there was plenty of encouragement around the laps.
Josh Hickinbottom was first male in the 5K in 19:27; Laura Ashwood was the first female in 24:48.
The 10K was won by Laura Kyte of Bromsgrove & Redditch AC in 38:31; Ryan French was the winning man in 40:26.
In the Half Marathon, Duncan Campbell-Cave of Kings Heath Lions roared his way to victory in 1:21:55; Annette Belcher was the winning lady in 1:34:17.
There was a unique, floral medal, water and post-event goodies that included flapjacks, the recipe of which was kept a secret!