4 Jul

Tipton Triumph At Timberhonger

Tipton Harriers had more than one reason to celebrate at Saturday’s (1 July) Timberhonger 10K. The club posted a win and second place in a hot and hilly race, which was part of the Bromsgrove Carnival weekend.

Harriers’ Joe Smith won the 15th edition of the race in 33:09, followed by Karl Welborn of Team Marathon Road in 35:34. James Marshall was third in 35:51.

Leonie Balter of BRAT won the women’s race in 38:18 followed by Lynne Hill of Tipton Harriers in 40:29. Jo Scott of Kingfisher Harriers completed the podium in 41:56. 

Redditch running author Doug Richards of Kingfisher Harriers was the midpoint runner in 56:58. Doug is undertaking an ambitious challenge of running a half marathon on every continent (seven in total) with his final race scheduled for 2018. The last runner finished in 1:27:46.

In addition to the 10k, there was a Children’s Challenge with one lap for U8s and a 1500m for U15s, held in Sanders Park. There were new Carnival themed medals for finishers in both the adult and junior races with a free bottle of beer for the 10k runners, which was very welcome in the warm conditions!

The race started on Timberhonger Lane, hence the title, and featured a variety of hills, including a particularly tough incline at 8k, which is part of the race’s continuing appeal. All proceeds were donated to four charities: Midlands Air Ambulance, the Primrose Hospice, the Basement Project and Libby Mae’s Little Angels. The race has raised over £50,000 since it was first held.

Full results are available on our race listings page.

Photo courtesy of Timberhonger 10K