Autumn sunshine, a fast course, enthusiastic support and expert pacers ensured Shelton Striders 10K was at the top of its game yesterday (2 October). for the 25th anniversary of this immensely popular event, considered one of the fastest 10K races in the Midlands.
Shelton Striders 10K is a consistent favourite with the local running community for its PB potential course, friendly atmosphere and smooth organisation and the reputation of this race and the strong likelihood of achieving a PB meant it had sold out in advance with only the fun run allowing entries on the day.
After a 9.45am start at Boulton Lane Community Centre, Derby, the route took runners along an old canal path to Sinfin then returned to Shelton Lock before finishing at the Community Centre.
Stephen Price of UKnetrunner.co.UK was first across the line in 33:25. Philip Mitchell came second in 33:38 with Mark Powell of Leicester Coritanian AC taking third place in 34:11.
Rachel Olivant of Derby AC won the women’s race in 37:56 with Steph Forrester claiming the runner-up spot in 38:47. Natalie Wettler of Charnwood AC came third in 40:01.
Midpoint runner was Ruth Kennedy-Green of Lichfield Running Club in 50:24.
Shelton Striders 10K is the eighth race out of the nine in the RunDerby series: a highly competitive set of events based on a points system with the best five scores from all nine races deciding the final league table standings, e.g. male/female/club.
All race proceeds went to Shelton Striders, who donate £1 per runner to its two chosen charities - Mesothelioma UK and Derbyshire Asbestosis Support Team. The event sponsored by The Derby Runner, New Balance, DE22 Creative Design Solutions, Speedy and Groundforce.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Lee’s Images.