Jack Pickett held off a teammate to win the Sheepwalks Shocker 10K on Sunday (7 October) and this victory is the highlight of a successful season for this up and coming young athlete.
A member of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC, the U20 runner has finished in the top three at 10Ks held in Shropshire and Worcestershire. He was first at Ellesmere, runner up at Shrewsbury and third at Evesham Town, demonstrating his prowess at the popular 6.2 mile distance. Jack is equally at home on trail, winning the Newcastle Dales Dash last December and has been in impressive form at parkrun. He was also second recently at Barnstaple Half Marathon ("Best marshalled race i've been too") in a big PB of 1:12:45.
He was first across the line at Sunday’s event in 36:09 followed by teammate Harry Dyall in 36:59, making it a good first and second for Wolverhampton & Bilston AC. Dan Treby took third place in 38:15.
Helen Tromans of Dudley Kingswinford RC won the women’s race in 47:12. Karen Gibbons of Bridgnorth RC was second in 47:54 with Claire Fisher of Eton Manor AC third in 48:42.
The last runner crossed the line in 1:23:45.
The Sheepwalks Shocker 10K and Shuffle 2K Fun Run were organised by Kinver Rotary Club on behalf of Action Heart, a cardiac rehabilitation service at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley. It started and finished at Enville Hall, Stourbridge with runners following a rural route through South Staffordshire countryside. This included an area called The Sheepwalks that boasts scenic views across to Kinver Edge.
There were T-shirts and medals for the finishers and all proceeds were donated to the Rotary Club, Action Heart and the Kinver Fitness Collective.