It was mission accomplished at the Cosford Spitfire 10K on Sunday (1 September) as nearly 1400 runners headed along the runway. They ran to remember the Battle of Britain.
The Cosford Spitfire 10K along with its counterpart, the London Spitfire 10K the day before were organised by Nice Work. Sunday’s race was held at RAF Cosford for the fourth year and sold out five months beforehand: the demand caused the organisers to release another 300 places that were quickly snapped up.
Every runner was given the name of a Battle of Britain pilot to wear with their race number - commemorating those who lost their lives in the service of this country while keeping their memories alive for future generations.
There was a Spitfire Family Fun Run at 9.15am followed by the 10K at 10am as runners took off from outside Hangar One and completed a loop around the museum site passing several iconic aircraft. They continued onto the airfield, close to the wartime hangars and the air traffic control tower then the runway before finishing back at the museum site.
Philip Boak of the Armed Forces flew across the line to win in 35:09 followed by Adam Smith of Aldridge RC in 35:32. Steve Forsyth of Prestatyn RC was third in 35:51.
Emma Taylor of Congleton Harriers was the fastest female in 38:41. Nicola Davies of Shropshire Shufflers was second in 41:21 with Collette Gains third in 42:14.
All finishers received a medal featuring a pair of RAF wings and a spinning propeller – the latter part of the design of the new technical T-shirts and vests.
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few” (Winston Churchill)
Image courtesy of Brian Warner.