A 70-foot high obelisk had the starring role in the Lilleshall Monumental 10K on Sunday (17 April). The race was scenic, multi-terrain and an uphill struggle in the true sense of the word!
This was a well-supported rural event with a friendly, village fair atmosphere. Scenic views of Lilleshall form the backdrop to its most famous resident, the soaring monument that dominates the skyline. It proudly sits at the top of an energy-sapping steep hill that challenges even the fittest runner!
This race is one of the most scenic 10k’s in Shropshire featuring the iconic Lilleshall Hill and Abbey, not forgetting the attractive village of Lilleshall itself. It was the 7th year running of this event that raises funds for local charities as well as promoting health and fitness in the community. This event also included the very popular 1-mile fun run.
The race started and finished at the cricket club where there was a bar, BBQ and cake stall, providing ‘recovery fuel’ for the runners (and their supporters). First man across the line was Gareth Briggs of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC in 38:35. Robin Sedman-Smith of Newport & District RC came second in 38:40 with Joe Phillips also of Newport & District RC taking third place in 38:52.
Fastest lady was Helen Stokes of Mercia Fell Runners in 46:52 closely followed by Amy Jayne Wakeley of Telford Athletics Club in 46:57. Kathryn Morgans of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC was third in 47:44.
Midpoint runner was Stuart Cadman in 56:13.
A new addition to the event was a 'tots and toddlers' race where budding Paula Radcliffe’s and Mo Farah’s had the opportunity to copy the adults in a safe environment.
Photo courtesy of Brian Smith at West Midlands Running Scene.