17 Dec

Record Turnout At Telford 10K

Winner of the Telford 10K, John Beattie. Image by Brian SmithThe 31st Telford 10K recorded its biggest turnout to date with over 870 runners completing Sunday’s race. The Shropshire event, organised by Telford Athletics Club, witnessed a string of fast times, with John Beattie leading the field home in an impressive 29:55.

Located entirely within Telford Town Park, the fast and flat two-lap course started beside the visitor centre, with runners benefitting from a 300m downhill stretch at the outset. Competitors enjoyed a finish point at the town park amphitheatre at the end of the second lap.

Newham and Essex Beagles’ star Beattie, second at the Saucony English National Relay Championships last month, secured top billing ahead of Steve Mitchell (30:03) and Kevin Seaward (30:05). Wallsend’s Yared Hagos, a well known name across the circuit, took fourth in 30:11.

Club secretary Paul Sanderson commented on the impressive times from the top finishers: “The conditions were pretty good for all the runners but no records were broken. The winner finished in a good time and there were 12 runners who all finished in less than 31 minutes.”

Kendal’s Rebecca Robinson took first place in the women’s field 33:23, with Sarah McCormack second (33:41) and Jane Potter setting a season’s best in a time of 34:17. Shirl Wood was the mid-point competitor in 48:21, while the last runner came home in 1:30:39.

Full results are available here.