There were treats galore for runners at Sunday’s (30 September) Bournville Leafy 10K. The delights included a challenging course, chip timing, an autumnal medal and a goody bag in a class of its own.
This ‘must do’ race from Bournville Harriers sold out at the end of August, a testament to its enduring appeal to the local running community in its own right and as a prep for Birmingham Half Marathon. The event was held around the parks and streets of the famous model village of Bournville with the changing colours of autumn providing a scenic backdrop.
The race started at 10am from Rowheath Pavilion as runners headed off on a two lap, multi-terrain route where they were applauded and encouraged every step of the way. This level of support was one of several highlights - one runner said “I think even if I had taken three hours they would have treated me like a champion.”
James Drakeford of Bournville Harriers was first across the line in 34:44 followed by David Nolan in 35:59. Matt Biggs of Birchfield Harriers was third in 36:20.
Nic Sykes of Bournville Harriers won the women’s race by a significant margin. She won in 37:34, nearly 10 minutes ahead of Victoria Allen who finished second in 46:06. Selina Topham of Kidderminster & Stourport AC took third place in 48:23.
The last runner crossed the line in 1:38:55.
Every runner was presented with a beautiful leaf shaped medal and a generous goody bag which was described as follows: "It looked like a week's worth of food shopping which included drinks, cakes, energy bars, soup, noodles, tinned tuna and of course, chocolate."
Image courtesy of Paul Restall