Picture special - Stratford 10k makes a return with 800 runners
PERSONAL best records were set as Stratford’s Big 10K returned to town after a year’s absence due to Covid.
Now in its 12th year, the race is a big favourite with runners and families who were out in force on Sunday (5th September) to enjoy the event, which includes a 10k route around Stratford and a child-friendly race.
With a start and finish on the Recreation Ground, the 10k route passes all of the popular sites Stratford has to offer, including a run past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before heading back to the Rec.
Organisers Tempo Events said 820 runners completed the race, 44 of whom were members of Stratford Athletic Club, which had five runners in the first ten across the finish line.
Adam Peacock from Birmingham Running and Triathlon Club won the race in a time of 31m 51s while Ben Kruze from Stratford Athletic Club came second in 32m 37s.
Other Stratford AC success stories included Alex Adams, the youngest across the line, with a time of 36m 5s, and Phil Brennan winning the male 75 category in 51m 50s. Matt Burdus-Cook, also from Stratford AC, won male 45 category in 34m 23s.
Kelly Edwards from Leamington Cycling and Athletics Club was the first female in a time of 38m 15s and the first Stratford AC female athlete home was Sophie Dobedoe, who came sixth in a time of 46m 7s. Stratford AC’s Kate Sergent was first female over 65 to finish the 10k.
Runners were given medals for their efforts including the children who completed the popular 1km race.
Sarah Bland of Tempo Events said: “We are delighted to be running events again with the help of Stratford District Council. It was a beautiful day, the sun shone, and everyone enjoyed themselves and the young children were thrilled with their medals.”
The event, which was sponsored by Lodders Solicitors, also supported the south Warwickshire charity, The Time Out Group which supplied many of the 35 marshals and helpers at the race. The Time Out Group, which received £1,000 from the race, supports children with disabilities and their families, helping them access typical opportunities such as fun days out.
Find out more about the charity at www.timeoutgroupstratford.org.uk.
To see all the results from the 10k, visit www.tempoevents.co.uk/events/stratfords-big-10k.
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