11 Jul

Only Way Is Up At Timberhonger 10K

the start of Timberhonger 10K in Bromsgrove

The Timberhonger 10K is renowned for its carnival atmosphere, bottle of beer for all finishers and a rural hilly course. Hills are the main theme, in particular the infamous climb at the 8k marker.

Named after the route it goes along, this 10K is an integral part of the Bromsgrove Carnival with all proceeds donated to local charities. This year’s chosen recipients are the Primrose Hospice, Friends of the Princess of Wales Hospital and the Basement Project. 
The Timberhonger 10K is organised by Bromsgrove and Redditch AC and both this and the children’s challenge have become very popular over the years, with the 10K enjoying an 82% approval rating on Runners' World website.
All finishers receive a bespoke Carnival medal and a free bottle of beer (always welcomed by runners) from Birds Brewery with non-alcoholic versions for under 18’s and teetotallers. There were free technical T-shirts for runners who raised £50 or more for one of the designated charities along with the option to purchase these, again with proceeds going to charity. 
Trophies and vouchers were donated by Sutton Runner for 1st, 2nd and 3rd man and woman and a course record prize pot. In addition, prizes for 1st place in all six vets categories. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd boy and girl in the children’s challenge race with Carnival medals for all.
What goes up has to come down and this was certainly in evidence, especially at 8k with a tough, unrelenting hill that has a fearsome reputation. However, there was a fast downhill finish to follow it. 
First across the line was Adam Peacock of host club Bromsgrove and Redditch AC in 33:37. Karl Welborn of BRAT came second in 36:44 with fellow teammate Athanasios Tsolakis, third in 37:24. 
Leonie Balter of BRAT won the women’s race in 38:04. Sian Khan came second in 39:39 with Joanne Smith of Headington Roadrunners in third place in 42:23. 
Photo courtesy of Timberhonger 10K.