The beautiful surroundings of Sherwood Pines proved irresistible to runners at a new race from organisers Nice Work. They explored the tracks and trails at the sold-out Sherwood New Year 10K & 5K (Sunday 5 January).
Sherwood New Year 10K & 5K was aimed at people wishing to take up running as a means of getting fit in attractive locations. The choice of two distances made it accessible for newcomers as well as providing the experienced runner with a good way to begin the 2020 race season. Conditions were perfect for participants as they completed one or two laps around an undulating course in Sherwood Pines.
In the 10K, Scott Hazell of Massey Ferguson RC was the winner in 34:28 followed by David Morrell of Birchfield Harriers in 36:50. Steven Dowse was third in 37:04. Kelly Butler of Birchfield Harriers won the women’s race in 37:39. Natalie Hoffman of Notts AC was second in 38:01 and Carolyn Hay of Redhill Road Runners third in 38:58.
Ricky Ellery won the 5K in 24:32 followed by Richard Hall in 24:45 with Gareth Robinson third in 25:10. Karen Stanaway was the winning female in 26:12. Yasmin Wilde was second in 26:28 and Emma Maplethorpe third in 27:12.
There were prizes for the leading runners and age group winners and a celebratory bespoke medal for every finisher.
Sherwood Pines like many off-road courses was difficult to measure accurately with GPS, resulting in slight variations in the 10K distance. Several runners commented on this, saying the distance came up short at around 5.8 or 5.9 miles. Nice Work will review it before their new half marathon and 10K on 29 March.
Image courtesy of Ebony Georgina Upton