Pershore is famous for its plums…and its 10K. And runners voted with their feet on Sunday (28 August) as their way of paying tribute to this small yet mighty offering.
The Pershore Plum 10K is part of the month-long Plum Festival, an annual event in August where the local community celebrates everything to do with this popular fruit. The local running club, Pershore Plum Plodders, commemorate this tradition with their event and wear their distinctive purple kit with pride.
Sunday saw a 10am start from Pershore Leisure Centre, the runners followed a multi-terrain course around the Georgian town, crossing a 15th century bridge towards the attractive village of Wick. They turned and headed back towards the finish, flanked by the Anglo-Saxon Pershore Abbey and accompanied throughout by unseasonably warm and sunny Bank Holiday weather.
Ben Jones of Worcester AC was first across the line in 35:22 followed by teammate Dan Geisler in 35:33. Anthony Wilson of TriUK took third place in 35:55.
Patricia Peever of Almost Athletes won the women’s race in 42:42. Lindsey Lewis-Painter of Evesham Vale Running Club was second in 44:10 with Carol Jones coming third in 44:58.
Running Hot and Cold Author Doug Richards was one of the participants, finishing in a time of 54:25 as part of his preparation for a 4-day Cyprus challenge in November.
Each finisher received a fresh plum (appropriately) along with a hot dog and a fruity-inspired bespoke medal in recognition of their efforts. There was also the option of partaking of the goodies on offer at the Plum Festival.
Photo courtesy of Doug Richards.