The Wilmslow Festive 10K is Run North West’s traditional festive curtain raiser, helping to kick start the festive season – whether you are chasing an end of year PB or looking forward to the festive fancy dress.
Starting in the town centre of Wilmslow this one lap course is perfect for fast times ran on scenic country roads, before finishing on Mobberley Road/Sandy Lane.
Steve brook had a cracking run managing a sub 50 one of his fastest 10k’s this year with a 49:51 and 5th V70.
This flat fast 10k returns after 2020’s virtual affair and this year 2500 runners were welcomed to run. a change of start meant runners started to the rear of the racecourse heading out towards the town centre on closed roads, following a loop at the council offices before returning to the racecourse for a grandstand finish.
Amy McKechnie had a stormer of a run smashing her own club record from Rochdale earlier in the year to finish in a speedy 40:39 and 4th in her age category.
‘The Puma’s have a good old fashioned cross country course, with woods, fields and a bit of road, all on a slope of some sort. What makes it such a memorable course is that minutes before the start of of the last Puma’s race, a blizzard occurred and the entire race was run in a snowstorm. A lot of cars needed rescuing out of the car park afterwards! The clear skies represented a foreshadowing of another flurry, but fortunately no repeat occurred’ said Alistair Galt in his post race interview.
QRC had one of it’s best performances in the race managing to beat the likes of Baildon + Stainland in some fiercely contested categories, with QRC finishing 2nd in the Male, Vets and Overall (59 points shy of 1st) categories, with the ladies a superb 4th and the Super Vets with top spot.
Dewsbury awaits us next and we all know what that means. KILLER HILLS!!
Voted in the top 5 most scenicHalf Marathons in the UK by Readers of Runners World”, This GREATHalf Marathon now in its 12th year and “already being regarded as a classic” The start & finish is near the quayside in front of the 700+ year oldConwy Castle.
The route runs along the road adjacent to the Conwy River as it proceeds towards Deganwy beach and the West Shore Llandudno, from there it goes along church Walks towards Llandudno Pier, then around the Great Orme taking in views of the Isle of Anglesey, Puffin Island and the surrounding North Wales coastline, then back to Conwy and the finish line.
Jo Fortune 1:42:18 (PB) (36th female + 7th in age category)
Julie Hepworth1:50:49 (87th female + 15th in age category)
During November the up and coming race organisers RunAble team set up this event, a fantastic series of races starting the 3rd Nov for 3 weeks, a good local race starting and finishing in Brighouse, check them out on Facebook, we even have a discount code to use when entering their events ‘DR2021’
The 10k starting in Brighouse running out along Elland Rd reaching Elland then back on the riverside and canal bank, the 5k follows the same route but turns left down to the canal earlier on Elland Rd.
We had Jo Horan racing in the 10k’s and Giles Cook racing the 5k’s, both had a great 3 races with some good finish times, unfortunatly Jo had a moment in the 1st race and decided to run her own route therefore her result was classed as a DNF 🙈🙈🙈
A big thanks to Baildon for hosting the 1st race of this years series, very well marshalled and well organised event well done to you all.
A damp and blustery morning (so I’m told) 441 runners lined up for the 10.30 start. As it was last time out this years event started on the edge of the 18th fairway which helped to stretch the crowds out enabling runners to find their momentum and get into their stride. A hilly and sometimes technical course meant full concentration was required at all times to avoid any nasty falls.
A good turnout from Queensbury albeit with a few runners missing through injury and holidays meant a decent presence around the village.
Full team results below and excellent results they are, well done to everybody who took part