'Mighty oaks from little acorns grow' was appropriate for the Edwinstowe Christmas 10K (Sunday 3 December) with this popular event ticking all the trail running boxes.
The Edwinstowe Christmas 10K Trail Race is one of three organised by RUN2U Events, a local company based in Retford, Nottinghamshire. Their ethos is based on providing enjoyable, accessible races that runners will enter year after year. The Edwinstowe, Sherwood and Clumber 10Ks are held in stunning locations and steeped in history, e.g. the connection with Robin Hood.
There were no outlaws at Sunday’s race; however there was a king who claimed the 10K crown for the second year in a row. Darren King of Clowne RR won in 35:48 – eight seconds quicker than his 2016 time. His teammate Jordan Street was close behind - second in 35:55, with Jan Bailey of Newark Striders RC third in 36:30.
It was a case of déjà vu for Rebecca Winter of Ackworth RR who won the women’s race again in 39:10. Laura Kaye of Lincoln Wellington AC was second in 40:19 followed by Rebecca’s teammate Sarah Hunter in 41:50.
There were 494 finishers: the last runner crossed the line in 1:32:53.
The runners followed a slightly revised, attractive route along trails, footpaths and bridleways, passing the Major Oak on two occasions that was used to shelter Robin Hood and his Merry Men. They headed back towards the finish at the Cricket Club, Sherwood Forest Country Park. Medals, T-shirts, coffee and cakes were available at the race HQ and added a final flourish to this sell-out success.
Photo courtesy of Edwinstowe 10K Trail Race.