11 Apr

Pride In Place At Inaugural Whitchurch 10K

New Whitchurch 10K Medal

Sunday's (9 April) St John Talbot’s Whitchurch 10K Road Race and Fun Run was a success for all concerned with the unseasonable hot weather an added bonus. St John Talbot’s School organised this race in conjunction with charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support; however, race director Hayley Alldridge had her own personal reasons for heading its launch.

It was a public-spirited debut at the first Whitchurch 10K with Grocontinental Whitchurch as the headline sponsor and additional sponsorship and support from local businesses.

A former pupil at the school, Hayley Alldridge lost her mother to cancer whilst studying for her ‘A’ levels in 2001. Macmillan provided support to Hayley and her family during the final stages of her mother’s illness and she wanted to show her gratitude by helping to raise funds for their vital work. At least 50% of the race proceeds were donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Peter Butler of Oswestry Olympians was first male in 35:27. Daniel Turner of Lawley Running Club was second in 36:15 with Daniel Smith of Shrewsbury AC third in 36:33. 
 
Lauren Morley of Shrewsbury AC won the women’s race in 41:42 followed by Rachel Coupe of Telford AC in 42:35. Sarah Wilson of South Cheshire Harriers was third in 43:06. 
 
Over 550 runners set off at 9am from St John Talbot’s School, following a route around this historic town with a few hills along the way to present a challenge. Medal, T-shirt and goody bag for all finishers.
 
Registration is now open for the 2018 Whitchurch 10K. Visit the event website for details. 
 
Photo courtesy of Heather Butler.