A sold out Heckington 10 got the show on the road last Saturday (29 July) when a field of 250 runners braved muddy conditions in pursuit of the special commemorative medal.
The 10-mile road race is one of several opening events at the Heckington Show along with a youth athletics competition. This Lincolnshire-based show is in its 150th anniversary year with the road race playing an important part in the celebrations.
The Heckington 10 has the honour of being the oldest road race in the Midlands and attracts runners from across the UK and overseas with entrants from as far away as Russia taking part this year. To mark this achievement, every finisher received a beautifully designed medal and a running vest plus free entry to the show.
Shane Robinson of Lincoln Wellington AC was first home in 52:36 followed by Rob Keal of Notts AC in 54:07. Iain Bailey of Sleaford Striders was third in 56:59.
Paula Downing of Mablethorpe RC won the women’s race in 1:09:02 with Ruth Jones in second place in 1:09:33. Bethan Everson of Fenland RC came third in 1:11:51. The winner and runner-up are lady veterans at F50 and F45 respectively, showing that age is only a number when applied to competitive running.
The last runner finished in 2:03:02. All results are available on our race listings
The Heckington 10 was organised in conjunction with Sleaford Striders AC with both it and the village show considered a great success. The Great British weather failed to dampen runners’ spirits with many vowing to be back next year.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Burton.