More than 1,000 runners turned out on a hot and sunny Sunday for one of the foremost 10K’s in the region, rich in WW2 aviation history. The Woodhall Spa 10K is one of the most popular races in the Midlands, attracting local and national runners who are fans of this flat, PB-potential course in picturesque surroundings.
The event was open to runners and wheelchair athletes with a family fun run for children that fits in with the ethos of ‘for the community by the community’. This not-for-profit road race further demonstrated its appeal by the large number of volunteers who gave their time, helping it to be a success.
The course and setting never fail to please but another inducement was the iconic medal shaped like a Lancaster Bomber airplane that is appropriate given the history of the county. This part of Lincolnshire is the location for RAF Woodhall Spa; an airfield used in World War II that was home to the famous 617 ‘Dambusters’ squadron and several others.
The start times were staggered with the family fun run first off at 10:15am, the wheelchair race at 11am followed by the main 10K at 11:15am. There were prizes for the first two in the wheelchair event and for the first three in the 10K with age category awards. Lancaster Bomber medals for all 10K finishers.
Aaron Scott of Notts AC was first across the line in 31:13 followed by Matt Pyatt of Ryston Runners RC in 33:33. Mark Sands of Skegness & District Running Club took third place in 33:41.
Natalie Burns of Lincoln Wellington AC won the women’s race in 35:46 with Philippa Taylor coming second in 36:54. Cleo Hubbard of Newark AC took third place in 37:49.
Next year’s race is on Sunday 4 June 2017.
Photo courtesy of Woodhall Spa 10K.