Late summer sunshine and a holiday atmosphere formed the backdrop to Ellesmere 10K on Sunday (28 August). This fast, flat race in a medieval town in North Shropshire charmed everyone who took part.
One of four races organised by Oswestry Olympians, this 10k is a vote winner with its PB potential course, attractive location, technical T-shirt and the annual carnival. The thermometer may have been rising but there were impressive performances despite the heat, especially from the winner of the women’s race, Kim Fawke.
A race briefing by Ken Rushton five minutes before the 11am start at Lakelands School included a ‘no headphones’ rule. This is becoming increasingly common at races with strong opinions on either side of the debate.
Runners headed off through the town with its eye-catching features including a 12th century motte and bailey castle, formal gardens and the canal. Not forgetting the main attraction - The Mere, that draws large crowds of visitors each year. This year it attracted the attention of more than 500 runners.
Paul Ward of Telford AC was first across the line in 32:52 and a good 200 metres in front of the next runner, Daniel Soltys of Stone Master Marathoners, second in 33:02. Paul Jones of host club Oswestry Olympians came third in 33:35.
Kim Fawke of Lawley Running Club made it three in a row, winning the women’s race in 39:18. Clare Thurgood of Orion Harriers was second in 39:55 with Rebecca Moseley taking third place in 43:05.
Mid-point runner was David Thornton (278th out of 556) in a time of 54:40.