Plum glad to be back!
Plenty of marshals and good cheer at this 10K.
The Pershore Plum 10K was another race making a welcome return after a year’s absence due to Covid-19. This friendly, multi-terrain event was part of a bumper weekend (28-29 August) of activities in a picturesque part of Worcestershire.
The August Bank Holiday weekend saw the Pershore Plum Festival take place with the popular 10K on Sunday morning, beginning at 9am from Pershore Leisure Centre. It was organised by Pershore Plum Plodders with an NHS themed medal for every finisher, designed as a ‘thank you’ in recognition of their efforts during the pandemic. A contribution was made to NHS charities from race proceedings.
There was a carnival atmosphere as participants delighted in the opportunity to run this 10K again (or for the first time!) and there were more than a few smiles as a result.
Setting off in waves due to Covid guidelines, the runners followed a scenic route that went along the High Street then across the river and into the countryside and fields. They turned for home, running through the town then onto the finish in front of the imposing Pershore Abbey. An abundance of marshals provided support and encouragement, helping them on their way from start to finish.
Shaun Green of Droitwich AC was first across the line in 38:32. Simon Richardson of Malvern Joggers was second in 38:56 with teammate Neil Warne third in 39:16.
Michelle Baylis-Edkins of Evesham Vale RC was the first female in 46:45. Eleanor Townsend of Northbrook AC was close behind, finishing in 46:50 followed by Alison Walker of Black Pear Joggers in 47:18.
The full set of results can be found at the RunABC Midlands Race Listings page.
The lifting of restrictions meant the 10K and festival could go ahead and were warmly received by all. Here’s to 2022!
Image courtesy of Mick Sherratt