More than 600 women registered to take part in the Women’s Running 10K at Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, in the biggest race of the 2015 series so far.
Although the early morning drizzle quickly turned to heavy rain as the crowds gathered, runners weren’t put off and stayed in good spirits in the lead-up to the race. Speakers ahead of the race included Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser Hannah Clarke, who shared her story of running for her grandmother, Pat; and Sarah Horrigan, founder of Nottingham Women Runners, who were out in force at the event. The race village had plenty to see, sample and buy from partners Skechers, Bellum Active and Everything But the Cow, while Fitbrands were on hand retailing kit including our exclusive Women’s Running Buff.
Just after 10am, as the rain died down, the women were off around the flat course. The first lady home in the 5K, in association with This Girl Can, was 22-year-old Hannah Birkin from Derby. “It was good, there was loads of cheering, which helped,” said Hannah, who finished with a PB of 24:06. “The rain was good because it cools things off, I prefer winter running! But the sun came out when we started. I was going to run the 10K originally up until a week ago and I’ve had a leg injury this week so I thought I’d best not.”
Sharon Chapman was first across the line in the two-lap 10K race and also bagged a new personal best of 45:04. “I set a new PB about two weeks ago so I thought I might do OK, but not that quick, so I’m quite pleased. I got up this morning and wasn’t sure whether to enter or not. The course was brilliant. I’m from Lincolnshire originally so I do prefer a flat course – I’m not genetically built for hills.”
Sharon, who now lives near the centre of Nottingham and regularly runs on the route, was full of praise for the friendly feel of the event. “Everyone’s so nice, a little girl just wanted to hand me my goody bag – it’s a great atmosphere and I thoroughly recommend it to people.”
Close behind her was Rose Leivers from nearby Heanor, who finished in 45:17. “I did this race last year and I’d say this year it was even better,” she said. “I think with the 5K as well, it just makes it for everyone.
“I was going for around 44 minutes but I’m happy with my position and beat last year’s time by a minute and a half so I can’t complain.”
Rose works as a fitness instructor in Heanor and is keen to bring some of her clients to next year’s event. “We’ve got a couple of our members down here today and I think next year we’ll get a good group down from the gym,” she said.
Catherine Haynes was third in 45:47.
The next stop in the WR10K series will be Sefton Park in Liverpool on Sunday 19 July – you can still enter here and entries are also available on the day.
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