AN IMPRESSIVE turnout of runners donned their trainers for the annual Crowle 10K charity road race and the children’s fun runs.
A total of 527 runners entered the 10k, 44 up on last year, with elite and fun runners from the three counties and from as far away as Leeds, taking to the roads around the parish while 167 young runners took part in the one-mile and quarter mile races around the village playing field.
Proceeds from the event are still being calculated, but are likely to top £5,000, which will go towards a wide range of local causes to improve social, educational and sporting facilities in the parish.
Severn Athletics Club member James Rose won the 10k race ahead in 35 minutes and 29 seconds ahead of Jake Watson and Matt Fairlamb in second and third, both from Worcester Athletics Club.
The first woman past the post was Cloe Richardson of Birchfield Harriers in 36 minutes 16 seconds, only 12 seconds off the women’s course record. Jennifer Cashmore finished second while the third place woman was Katherine Smith of Pershore Plum Plodders.
Lee Hawkes was the first 40+ runner while the first 50+ male veteran was Carl Hatton of Bromsgrove and Redditch Athletics Club in 38.58 and 67-year-old, Derek Jackson from Black Pear Joggers was the first 60+ veteran.
Winning veteran women in the 10k were Tamsin Bowden of Evesham Vale Running Club, Karen Lewing in the 45+ and Liz Jarman in the 50+.
Emma James was the fastest female runner from the local Bowbrook Parish and Alastair Garner was the fastest male runner. The oldest runner taking part in the 10k was Roger Beacham at the age of 79 who finished in one hour eight minutes and 37 seconds.
The two fun runs were also a big success. In the under 16s mile the winning boy was Dylan Rolfe, second was Henry Churchill and in third was Henry Greaves. In the girls’ under 16s mile the winner was Lottie Styler ahead of Grace Pettifer and Isobelle Tanner.
In the quarter mile fun run, the boy’s race was won by seven-year-old Thomas Houghton with George Allchin second and Rafferty Pearce in third. The girls’ quarter mile was won by nine-year-old Daisy Fitton with Emily Gromski second and Tilly Nichol third.
Organsier Caroline Brookes, said: “We are delighted with the turn out for the 10k and fun runs and many thanks to everyone who supported the event.
“Some 80 residents of Crowle come together each year to make it happen and we are very grateful also for all the sponsors who provide gifts and donations.”
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