16 Feb

Richards Holds Firm At New Walton Wobble 10K

Winner Paul Richards at the inaugural Walton 10K

Paul Richards didn’t waver as he crossed the finish line to win Sunday’s (12 February) inaugural Walton Wobble 10K. The Telford AC runner won in 36:15, only two seconds ahead of Craig Pilsbury who took second place in 36:17. Matthew Woodman of Stafford Harriers was third in 37:01.

Laura Sandy won the women’s race in 43:59 followed by Charlotte Beddow in 44:05. Chloe Hawkins of Uttoxeter Road Runners came third in 44:14. 
The field closed on 1:18:46. 
This new event took place in the village of Walton-on-the-Hill, Stafford and was warmly welcomed by the local community. It was organised by Joe Atherton and Craig Baxter of JC Race Solutions, both well known on the running scene due to their time at Stafford Harriers. Their aim was to stage a race that was affordable and catered to all levels of ability while fundraising for charity partner Katherine House Hospice. 
The race started at 11am from Walton High School, Stafford in wintry conditions. 261 runners followed a hilly course that included a tough climb followed by a fast downhill section before a sprint to the finish. 
There were trophies for the first, second and third male and female winner with all finishers receiving a commemorative medal and goody bag. Post-race refreshments included stone-fired pizza for ‘recovery’.    
The organisers wish to thank sponsors Afford Rent-a-Car and Naturelly who supplied jelly juice snacks to the runners. With additional thanks to Katherine House Hospice for providing marshals and everyone involved with this event. 
Photo courtesy of Mick Hall Photos.