22 May

Shawbury 10K Soars To Success

RAF Shawbury Centenary 10K

It was a good show at the RAF Shawbury Centenary 10K on Sunday (21 May), with over 400 runners in full flight around a flat, closed-circuit course. The race opened with a colourful display from the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team to mark the 100th birthday of the military aviation unit.

RAF Shawbury hosted the 10k in the morning followed by a separate cycling event in the afternoon, with both races open to serving military and civilian personnel as well as the public. All proceeds were donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund.  
The race started at 10am in sunny conditions, however, the runners faced a headwind on exposed sections of the airfield course, making it a tough event for many. Dominic Murray earned his wings by winning the 10K in 36:55. Paul Thomas of Market Drayton RC was second in 37:13 with Robert Norman only six seconds behind to complete the podium in 37:19.
Belle Ward won the women’s race in 41:02, producing another impressive performance only three weeks after her victory at the Oswestry Half Marathon. She saw off competition from second-placed Hannah Dodwell (41:22) and Joanne Roe (44:08), who finished third. 
The award-winning author of Running Hot & Cold, Doug Richards, took part and crossed the line in 53:50. The 68-year-old global marathon runner beat Ben the Elephant, the RAF Benevolent Fund’s official mascot, who chased Doug towards the finish but was unable to catch him.
Full results are available on our race listings page.