A amazing 448 runners took on the current heat wave to take part in the inaugural Peterborough 10K organised by RaceBest/Even Splits on behalf of Living Sport on Sunday 8th July 2018.
The race took place around the beautiful Nene Park – around the lakes, across the meadows alongside the Nene Valley railway and then the river and into the woods and this certainly proved to be an attractive feature of the event with feedback so far including:
“really good location and beautiful surroundings, the tree cover gave a good shaded canopy cover during a very hot run, good breaks between patches of warm and cool really helped my performance””
“it was a brilliant route and would definitely do again”
The number of unaffiliated runners was another key feature with only 121 of the 500 registered runners coming from affiliated clubs and from one of the many first timers there was the feedback “Excellent arrangements and lovely experience and this was my first 10K and I didn’t feel lost”
Commenting on the event Simon Morris, Living Sport Chairperson said:
“Under considerable heat you and everyone involved produced a very well organised, friendly event. It is great credit to you and the team that the numbers of runners were registered and all those I spoke to afterwards had enjoyed the day and felt the course was excellent”.
Those fastest around the course were:
Women’s Open 1st – Chloe Finlay – Peterborough AC in a time of 38.59
2nd – Samantha Cullen – Eye Community Runners
3rd – Sarah Caskey – Peterborough AC
Men’s Open 1st – Seitkalijevas Ruslanas in a time of 36.58
2nd – Vitas Gapsevicius
3rd – Steven Wilkinson
Female Over-40 : Elisabeth Sennitt, Three Counties Running
Female Over-50 : Roslyn Loutit, Yaxley Runners & Joggers
Female Over-60 : Jacqueline Hallett
Male Over-40 :Michael Branston, Yaxley Runners & Joggers
Male Over-50 : Chris Stout
Male Ovver060 : David Frampton, Bedford Harriers AC
Last runner home was Mike Russell in a time of 1.44.33 – a quite remarkable time for an 84 year old!
Living Sport would like to thank all the runners and their supporters for joining us, and for those who helped us deliver a successful first event – not least the event marshalls and the Nene Park Trust but all those others who supported us with prizes and event arrangements: Chroma Sport & Trophies, Prestons Healthcare, Advance Performance, Vivacity Sports Development, Lakeside Café at Ferry Meadows, Peterborough City Council, Forerunner magazine, and event photography from Digital Sports Media and Charlotte Edwards
Living Sport’s next events are the Greater Cambridge 10K on Sunday 9th September 2018 and Peterborough 10 mile back at Nene Park on 18th November 2018.