European 10,000m champion Jo Pavey celebrated her 42nd birthday with an impressive victory at Sunday’s (20 September) Worcester City 10K. In what was just its second year, the event, which also included the Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run attracted an impressive turnout of over 2500 runners, representing an increase of over 50% on last year’s field.
Organised by Events of the North (the company run by Steve Cram) in partnership with Worcester City Council, the 10k made an impressive introduction to the race calendar last year and has continued its momentum. The course takes in some of the best sights in the city, including the Worcester Cathedral, viaduct and the famous River Severn.
The 2,000 strong field for the 10k were met with autumnal sunshine. Pavey, who had competed at the Great North City Games earlier this month, secured top place in 33:11, followed closely by Hildah Cheboi (33:31), with local favourite and last year’s winner Jenny Nesbitt in third position (33:43).
On her victory, Pavey commented: “I really enjoyed it – the conditions were great and it was a competitive race. The atmosphere was amazing and the people of Worcester really got behind the event, which offers a beautiful scenic course I’d like to say well done to everyone who took part. It has been a fantastic day and being able to run in Worcester has been a lovely birthday treat for me.”
The men’s competition was more clear-cut with Boit the convincing winner in 28:41, followed by Jonah Chesum (31:01) and Andrew Savery (32:22). Mid-point in the field was Dawn Townsend in 56:39, with the last runner coming home in 1:31:39.
Mayor of Worcester Councillor Roger Knight, who gave the runners their starting orders, added: “This event has really put the pulse back into Worcester. To see about 2,500 committed runners enjoying the day out has been great. The mist lifted and the sun came out for a beautiful finish - this is Worcester at its best.”
Full results are available here.