A FIELD of more than 900 runners took part in Stratford's Big 10k run on Sunday and David Bell from Cirencester, who led from start to finish, won the race in an impressive time of 32 minutes 55 seconds, a new course record in the event’s five-year history.
Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Cllr Diane Walden, sent the runners on their way at the start of the race which saw a battle develop for second and third places with Ian Mansell (34:55) coming out on top over Namir Batavia (34:56).
Competition was also tough in the ladies race where Jane Evans led the women home in a time of 36:00.
As well as finishing first lady, Jane finished sixth overall in the race. Kate Wright of Stratford AC continued a great year of running, coming second in a time of 38:27, closely followed by another Stratford AC runner, Dani Rasgauski (39:47), who finished third.
Growing in popularity each year, Sunday’s field of runners went the distance and crossed the finish line in front of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on Bancroft Gardens.
Official race charity - Shakespeare Hospice - had 80 runners taking part who raised valuable sponsorship money also.
Race sponsors Lodders Solicitors entered a big team. They, like many other runners, competed for the corporate prize and had helpers on hand to supply runners with bottles and bananas at the finish line.
Organisers, Threshold Events, said they were delighted with the race: “So many people in the town have been supportive of what is fast becoming an institution among runners and this year’s entry was bigger than ever,” said race director, Rob Minton.
“It’s a beautiful route showing Stratford at its best, the runners always enjoy this race and public support created a great atmosphere.”
Did you take part in the Big 10k? You might be in the paper. For a photo spread of the event see today's Stratford Herald!
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