Sarah Mackness raced across the finish line at the sold out Newport and District 10K (Sunday 23 June). She was first lady at Longford Hall.
The Grade II listed Longford Hall and its grounds were the location for the Newport and District 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run. It was the second year for this well-organised event from Newport & District RC with an increased number of entries in both races.
There were 218 entrants in the 10K and 126 in the Fun Run held on a warm, sunny day in Newport, Shropshire. Mayor of Newport Peter Scott was the official starter and at 10.15am sent runners on their way to follow a multi-terrain, picturesque course through Newport up to Edgmond and back.
On a hot morning a group of residents from Edgmond showed their community spirit by providing an additional water station decorated with Union Jack bunting at the rear of their house. Marshals encouraged along their way, clapping and cheering with another two banging tambourines.
Sarah Mackness of Notts AC sped around the corner to win the women’s race in 44:14. Christopher Ashford of BRAT was the overall winner in 37:40.
The community theme continued with £120 donated by Sports Massage Shropshire to Severn Hospice and a further £500 from Newport & District RC. The club also donated £1,000 to Ian Kevan’s 500 Mile Battle Back Grand Prix Cycle Challenge. Profits from the event will be donated to local charities.
A round of applause for race organiser Helen Reid and her team of 97 marshals and helpers who made this a successful second outing.
Image courtesy of Tim Smith.