Friday (17 July) saw the Midlands host the latest event in the Run Derby Race Series, the Tara Kinder Memorial 10K. The event at Elvaston Castle Country Park, saw almost 500 runners take part.
Launched in 2014, the race series is made up of eight events in and around the Derby region and runs from May until November. The series got off to a flying start last year with over a total of 4000 runners taking part.
The 10k has become known for its contributions to charity with over £3000 raised last year; the 2015 was organised in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice and Treetops Hospice. While the event is a key fundraising source, it is also recognised as a serious club race, with fast times and PBs posted annually.
Friday's race saw Ben Connor take first place in a time of 32:25, with Shelton Striders’ James Walker in second (34:18) and Michael McGinty in third place (34:24). In the women’s competition, Heanor Running Club’s Jill Burke secured top billing with 41:14, followed by Helen James (42:49) and Pascale Holden (42:53).
Next up in the series is the Western Power Distribution Wilne 10K on Sunday 6 September. More information on the events is available here.