THOUSANDS lined up for this year’s Worcester City Run and thousands more cheered on the runners and cyclists as the sun shone on the popular event.
On Sunday (September 18) more than 3000 competitors took part in the Worcester City 10K, Run-Bike-Run and Young Athletes Run- more than in either of the previous two years in which the event has been held.
The day of events, organised by Steve Cram’s Event of the North company and Worcester City Council, also saw former Olympic runner Jenny Meadows and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin line up alongside leading club athletes and fun runners raising money for good causes.
The men’s 10K race was run by Graham Rush of Cheltenham Harriers in a time of 30 minutes and 23 seconds. Kate Hulls of Bristol and West AC won the women’s 10K in 33 minutes and 44 seconds, with Jenny Meadows finishing in second. Winner of the 10K wheelchair race was Ed Glazier.
In the under 11 Young Athletes Run over one mile, the first boy to cross the line was Benedict Clarke in six minutes and 56 seconds, whilst Lucy Hatfield of Bromsgrove and Redditch AC was the first girl to finish in a time of seven minutes and 54 seconds.
For the second year in a row, it was a clean sweep for Worcester AC in the boys’ under 16 race over 3K, with George Beardmore first in 10 minutes and 29, James Vaughan second and Ben Harle third. Jodie Ruane was the first girl to finish the race in 11 minutes and 20 seconds.
The grueling Run-Bike-Run event, a 10K run followed by a 25K cycle and then another 5K run, saw Christopher Silver win the men’s race in a time of one hour and 34 minutes, with Naomi Eaton winning the women’s race in two hours and 36 seconds.
Event founder Steve Cram said: “It has been brilliant to see this event grow over the last three years and firmly establish itself on the sporting calendar in Worcester and the surrounding area.
“As has become customary, the people of Worcester provided fantastic support to everyone who took part and the city is a wonderful backdrop for races like this.
“Once again, Worcester delivered glorious weather and the crowds around the course were bigger than ever and hugely enthusiastic.
“I was very pleased to witness some very keen competition at the sharp end of the races, but it was the thousands of other participants who tackled their own physical or charity fundraising challenges who really made the day special. Congratulations to all of them and huge thanks to the many volunteers, and to Worcester City Council for hosting the event and giving it so much support.”
Coun Adrian Gregson, Leader of Worcester City Council, said: “The Worcester 10K race has quickly established itself as one of the city’s most popular annual fixtures, and we’ve been proud to support it from the outset.
“It’s great to see Worcester hosting big participative sporting events such as this.
“We are confident that the Worcester 10K will continue to attract even greater numbers of participants and spectators in years to come.”