Congratulations to everyone who took part in our WR10K Brockwell Park race, in what was one of the toughest races of the Series. Hundreds of you came out in force to take on this challenging and hilly course, bringing a positive and lively atmosphere to a somewhat chilly Brockwell Park on Sunday morning.
The race village quickly filled with runners, families and supporters, who took time to explore the fabulous sponsor stands ahead of the race and pick up a few free samples. Everything But The Cow handed out free samples of its delicious soya recovery drink and Wheyhey samples of its protein ice cream. Skechers and bellum active were also retailing its latest ranges of gear and offering exclusive race-day discounts.
A series of inspiring pre-race race interviews on the WR10K stage soon had the runners feeling energized for the race – particularly when celebrity TV presenter and Skechers ambassador Charlie Webster took to the stage. Despite suffering from a bad cold and sore throat, having just completed the gruelling Ironman UK in Bolton just five weeks ago, Charlie refused to let this dampen her spirits, encouraging other runners to take on a similar mindset.
“Control the controlables,” she said. It’s cold, I’m quite cold, I don’t feel very well, and there is a few hills but I can’t control that, so I control how I act towards it.
“This is the one thing I always use, whether I’m running a 10K, or a marathon, or in my job, or doing an Iroman.”
After sharing with the runners some of the incredible challenges she has taken on – including an astounding 250-mile journey for charity – Charlie invited the listening 10K runners to run alongside her in the event. “If anyone does want to run with me, I’m quite nice and friendly and I could run with you and help you around, I’m really happy to do it.”
The runners also heard from 10K runner Kay Thoburn, Alzheimer’s Society runner Natalie Adams and pacer Jodi Kay Kerschl. Kay shared with the audience her experiences as a blind runner, and Natalie her personal story behind running in the event for her grandfathers – both of whom she has lost to dementia.
Before the race start, Everything But The Cow ambassador and Commonwealth medalist Chioma Matthews took to the stage to lead the ladies through an exciting and stimulating warm-up. Chioma, who won Commonwealth bronze in netball in 2006 and is now an international triple jumper, soon had the ladies pumped for the race.
Jo Quantrill, aged 60, from Surrey, took first place in the 5K race in 24mins 59secs. A charity close to her heart, Jo chose to run in the event to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. “My mother’s got severe Alzheimer’s disease, so I was very keen to run for that reason. I also love women-only races and I love Brockwell Park!”
Home first in the 10K race was Jen Smith in 41mins 59secs. Jen run her first 10K in 2014 in the WR10K Finsbury Park race and was thrilled to beat her time from last year. She cited keeping a steady pace throughout as the key to her success.
“I felt strong all of the way around and really enjoyed it. I just tried to keep it steady and pace myself. I knew I needed to save enough energy for the last lap and the big hill at the end!”
Next home was 23-year-old medicine student Kate Bull, who bagged a PB of 43mins, 48secs.
“I wasn’t expecting a PB on the hilly course. By the time I was at the top of the hills, I was ready to come back down! They were quite tough.”
Close behind Kate was 39-year-old mum of two Lynne Skinner in 45mins 13secs.
The three winners were thrilled to be printed with a pair of the latest Skechers GoRun4 running shoes by Skechers ambassador Charlie Webster.
Charlie was joined by a group of runners around the course and was pleased to have helped so many first-time 10Kers cross the line.”It was really nice to do something like this. I was just chatting to all of the participants running around. It was lovely speaking to them because the majority haven’t done a 10K before, or it’s their second 10K.
“I think I crossed the line with about 10 people with me. I was like, ‘Come on, just stick with me, keep on going, keep on going.’ It was really nice. I love chatting to people.”
10K runner Georgie Hart was also thrilled to run amongst a group of inspiring and motivated runners. “There was a really nice energy and everyone was trying so hard. It’s really nice to run around with people like this.”