Another record field of 418 runners contested the 2010 Bradley Stoke 10k Run in fine conditions on Sunday (13th June), the final day of the town’s Community Festival.
As last year, the race started and finished at the Jubilee Centre in Savages Wood Lane, with the Jubilee Green being used for competitor car parking.
Bradley Stoke Mayor Ben Walker sounded the horn to start the race at 10am and promptly joined the field to take part in the event for the third successive year.
Running in aid of his mayoral charity, St Peter’s Hospice, Cllr Walker teamed up with his Conservative colleague Jack Lopresti, the newly-elected MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, who ran the race in aid of the Stoke Gifford branch of the Royal British Legion.
The pair finished together (see photo) in a time of 63:46, placing them around the 350th mark.
Many other runners ran on behalf of the race’s official fundraising charity, the Nicola Corry Support Foundation.
Local residents turned out in force to support the runners as they followed the multi-terrain route along the pavements and tracks of Bradley Stoke.
Victory in the race went to Will New of Cheltenham & County Harriers, who completed the course in 35:26, followed by Phil Lucker of Bristol & West AC (35:58) and Ben Andrews (36:33).
First woman home was Rozanne de Villiers in a time of 48:09, followed by Jo Hawkins (48:29) and Vicky Bressington (48:57).
Organising club Sole Sisters says it deployed a team of 80 marshals around the course to ensure the smooth and safe running of the event. They were helped by the Bradley Stoke Neighbourhood Police Team, who helped control the traffic at road crossings on Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way.
In keeping with the community-oriented spirit of the race, the last runner to cross the line, almost two hours after starting, received raptuous applause from the helpers who were starting to clear up the site.
This year, we’ve split our photos of the event into two galleries. The ‘Photo Story’ gallery shows a summary of the race, while the ‘Finish Line’ gallery has shots of most (but sadly not all) runners who achieved race times less than 67 minutes.
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