There were lots of laughs and plenty of smiles as runners young and old took part in the New Year’s Day DirtRun (Tuesday 1 January). A Santa tail runner was on hand to jolly things along...
Tail runner LG Taz with his Santa hat and beard kept everyone’s spirits up as they made their way around a scenic off-road course in Worcestershire. National Trust Croome Estate was the venue for this New Year’s Day DirtRun from Pulse Events with a choice of a 5K or 10K route for seniors (16+), a 5K for youths (11-15) and a 2.5K for juniors.
The junior race started at 9am followed by the youth and senior races at 9.30am with canicross entrants five minutes behind the seniors. Everyone headed off from church and followed rights of way through woodland, across fields, along tracks and over bridges before finishing back at the church.
In the 10K, Ronny Wilson was first home in 36:46 and Jessica Saunders the first female in 43:54. Rob Bowery was first VM40 in 39:27; Anthony Mee was first VM50 in 41:04 and Ashley Robinson the first MV60 in 48:42. Claudia Wilesmith was first VW40 in 47:25; Diane Wynne was first VW50 in 54:21 and Karen Moseley of Black Pear Joggers first VW60 in 59:09.
Thomas Morrison won the 5K in 22:53 with Freya Biles the first female in 28:16.
Andrew Patterson of CLC Striders was first canicross male in 43:57; Jacqueline Fowler was the first canicross female in 59:40.
William Pridden was the first junior boy in 11:29 and Phoebe Martin the first junior girl in 12:32.
The New Year’s Day DirtRun supported St Richard’s Hospice and £1 from all the senior entry fees donated to the charity.