There was a welcome return to sunny conditions for the Bradley Stoke 10k Run today, following two rainy years in 2011 and 2012.
A record field of 567 runners set out from the Jubilee Centre at 9.30am, beating the previous record turn out by almost a hundred.
First home after completing the six-and-a-quarter mile course that takes in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve, Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way was Andrew Cooke (Bristol & West AC) in a time of 34:31. Second place went to Peter Morton (Virgin Active Road Runners) in 36:13, with Martin Bartlett third in 36:32.
Martin also picked up the prize for the first Bradley Stoke resident to finish.
The ladies’ race was won by Hayley Bennett (Bristol & West AC) in 44:51, just seven seconds ahead of Jane Coleman (44:58) with Rosina Rowland (45:33) in third.
There was a special award for the oldest competitor, which was once again won by Ted Wiffill, who completed the course in 75:29.
As in previous years, the prize-giving ceremony was held off until the final finisher had crossed the line (in a time of 97:31), to enthusiastic applause from spectators and officials.
With this year’s event being declared full a fortnight before raceday, despite its capacity being increased from 500 to 600, organising club Sole Sisters say they will open entries for the 2014 race as early as January.
More info: Full race result (DB Max)
The Journal’s photos of the 2013 Bradley Stoke 10k
Our Photo Story gallery shows a summary of the race in 53 pictures.
- Runners cross the start line (122 pictures on PicasaWeb and Facebook)
- Runners approach the finish line (493 pictures on PicasaWeb and Facebook)
A special mention goes to armed forces reservist Andrew Skinner, who completed the course in army boots and carrying a 22kg backpack. His herculean effort raised £412 for Children’s Hospice South West.
Above: Andrew Skinner, pictured after completing the race in a time of 86:53.
Above: Men’s race winner Andrew Cooke (Bristol & West AC) with Rick Wallis (left) and Nick Rose (right) of sponsors Up & Running.
Above: Ladies’ race winner Hayley Bennett (Bristol & West AC).
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