By Karen & Jo, marshal coordinators, Sole Sisters RC.
For the 13th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend.
From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up as Race HQ or were out on the course delivering water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers.
Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6-mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations.
The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 545 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a mixture of club and non-club runners.
Sole Sisters would like to say a huge thank you to all the marshals who gave up their Sunday morning to support both us as a club and the runners. They were fantastic as always and as always we received amazing feedback. We would also like to thank the Bradley Stoke community for their patience and support whilst the race was on.
Bradley Stoke 10k top finishers
1. Sam Cotterell 34:48
2. Gary Hope 36:13
3. Sean Lee 37:16
1. Helen Newberry 36:17
2. Clare Meraz 42:17
3. Caroline Nicholas 42:47
Photos: 1 A group of runners approach the finish line. 2 Prizegiving (l-r): Nick Rose (of race sponsor Up & Running), Helen Newberry (1st female), Bradley Stoke mayor Cllr Tom Aditya and Sam Cotterell (1st male).
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
More info: Full race result (DB Max)
The Journal’s photos of the 2019 Bradley Stoke 10k
- Warm-up session with Sole Sisters (video on Facebook)
- Runners cross the start line (104 pictures on Facebook)
Links to more photos and videos of the race can be found here.
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