Over 550 runners had a hilly showdown at Sunday’s (11 August) Carl Rutt Memorial 10K. Gemma Steel was on hand to lend support as they tackled the ups and downs.
Elite athlete Gemma was one of the marshals at this tough road race that is part of the Leicestershire Road Running League (LRRL). An annual event from Hermitage Harriers it was renamed in honour of the late Carl Rutt – a popular and passionate member of the club who sadly passed away in 2014.
The race attracted a good mix of runners, from those new to the sport to the experienced campaigner. Considered one of the hardest in the LRRL series it was a challenge whatever their ability or motivation. There were hills from the outset and a quirky finish that appeared to double back on itself.
Everyone set off at 10.30am from Hermitage Leisure Centre to follow an undulating route in the heart of the National Forest. There was sun, wind and rain in equal measures as they hit the first hill at 3K – where they were cheered by Gemma Steel before continuing on their way to the end.
Only one second separated Andrew Quigley and Gavin McDermott as they raced across the finish line. Quigley of West End Runners was the winner in 34:33 with McDermott of Leicester Coritanian AC second in 34:34. Tom Whitmore of Charnwood AC was third in 35:27.
There was a similarly close conclusion to the women’s race with Joanna Male of West End Runners winning in 39:04 followed by Charlie Nurse of Wigston Phoenix RC in 39:07. Claire Fitzpatrick of West End Runners was third in 39:30.
All finishers received a commemorative (and famous) T-shirt.
Image courtesy of Lee Dawson.