Leather flying helmets, goggles and aviator attire were the order of the day at the inaugural Cosford Spitfire 10K. The RAF Museum at Cosford, Shropshire was the location for this WWII inspired event on Sunday (4 September). Held to raise funds for the museum the race commemorated the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a large-scale aerial battle that changed the course of the war.
Instead of a battle for the skies, it was a battle on the ground with nearly 600 runners racing around the airfield and down the runway, passing by several iconic planes. These included the VC10, Hercules and the star attraction in Hangar One, the Spitfire.
There was a change to the route a couple of days prior to the race due to heightened security at the base. The organisers (Nice Work) were not able to use the access onto the airfield as originally planned and had to re-route the finish. The race was still 10K in distance and results are shown on the RunBritain rankings website.
And the late change didn't spoil runners’ enjoyment of the event.
All finishers received an exclusive Spitfire 10K medal along with a Goody bag: with the option of buying a specially designed Spitfire 10K technical T-shirt to remind them of the day.
Paul Richards of Telford AC touched downed first to win the Cosford Spitfire 10K in 36:35. Rob Tanner of Run 4 All was second in 37:00 with Daryl Phillips of Bristol & West AC taking third place in 37:12.
Alice Doggrell of Bristol & West AC was first lady in 41:17 followed by Fay Pollock in 42:43. Tracy Allan, also of Bristol & West AC was third in 42:51.
Photo courtesy of Claire Towner (Newcastle AC).