The small yet mighty Colshaw Hall 10K was a grand affair yesterday. Now in its second year the event has been warmly welcomed by the Cheshire Athletic Association and local running community as a serious contender.
The stunning Colshaw Hall, a luxurious 300-acre wedding venue in Cheshire played host for this fast and fun 10k. Starting at 10am on Sunday 26 June it saw more than 600 runners take part, helping to raise funds for nominated charity Mid-Cheshire Riding School for the Disabled and other equally worthy causes.
Colshaw Hall 10K has proved an instant winner with the athletics scene and running clubs in the area. The Cheshire Athletic Association has added it to its prestigious annual Road Running Grand Prix series and several clubs have eagerly adopted it, including it within their yearly club championships.
There are several reasons for this acceptance including the start and finish from the impressive Grade II listed Colshaw Hall; and the route which goes along leafy country lanes, passing the Jodrell Bank Observatory, home of the Lovell telescope before returning to the Estate. A fast, flat course with near-perfect conditions in an attractive location gets a seal of approval from any runner irrespective of background or ability.
Karl Darcey of Bolton United Harriers was first across the line in a time of 32:35. Peter Speake of Wilmslow Running Club was second in a time of 33:35 with Damien Nicholls, also of Wilmslow Running Club taking third place in 33:47.
Gemma Connolly of St Helens Sutton AC won the women’s race in 37:32 followed by Hannah Oldroyd of Saltaire Striders in 38:12. Gemma Barnett of Vale Royal AC came third in a time of 39:22.
This race is one of several organised by Cute Fruit Events, a company of experienced runners who deliver sought-after races in Cheshire and North Wales.