A flock of sheep didn’t stop Patrick Roddy from winning the Wheaton Aston Roman 10K yesterday (Thursday 27 December) where he was amongst 500 runners looking to blow away the Christmas cobwebs.
One of four races from Newport & District RC, the Wheaton Aston Roman 10K is an annual event that due to its popularity, sells out within a short space of time. The reason for its success may lie in the fast, one-lap course in a scenic location plus it’s a good way to burn off the excess calories consumed over the festive period.
There was a bumper turnout of runners for this post-Christmas race around the South Staffordshire village of Wheaton Aston. Taking part were a team of Smurfs from Lawley Running Club whose blue faces and white overalls echoed their team colours. This colourful group lined up with the rest of the field, ready to head off at 11am from St Mary’s School.
They followed a flat route on tarmac where, on one of the roads, they were joined by a herd of sheep. The woolly pack delayed some runners but didn’t prevent Patrick Roddy of Thames Hare & Hounds from being the first to cross the line in 31:55. Lloyd Biddell was second in 33:08 followed by Craig Pilsbury in 33:37.
Multi-sport athlete Sarah Mackness of Notts AC was the fastest female in 36:41 with Carli Baldwin of Birchfield Harriers second in 38:23. Lindsay Browning of Newport & District RC was third in 39:28.
There was a £50 prize for the first man and lady, prizes for age category winners and a memento for every finisher.