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Off-road running at the Gate Gallop

Good day at the races for Gate Gallop

Praise for the wave starts and the rest of the organisation.

Hard work behind the scenes and on the day resulted in a successful Gate Gallop (Sunday 27 June) that was popular with many. Runners young and old were keen to do their bit and support the event and its fundraising after more than a year without the opportunity to take part in a live race.     

The UK continues on its journey back to normality and this includes running events which are making a return. The demand is there as people are keen to test themselves against others and Sunday’s event was an example of that with runners going all-out for a PB or happy to get around in the company of others.        
   
There were safety measures in place that included staggered start waves based on approximate finish times – a system that worked smoothly and efficiently whilst keeping everyone moving. There was plenty of action in the 10K, 4.5K Fun Run and Children’s Run – the latter able to go ahead to the delight of parents and their sporty offspring!

Participants in the three races especially those in the 10K had very attractive, off-road courses to complete and views to admire as they raced through the Anker Valley and on to the finish. 

Ashley Baldwin of Tamworth AC won the 2021 Gate Gallop 10K in 36:42. Only two seconds separated runner-up Robert Dyjak and third placed Tom Potter of Ivanhoe Runners with Dyjak finishing in 36:53 and Potter in 36:55. 
     
Lucy Spencer of Newcastle (Staffs) Triathlon Club looked strong and in control as she crossed the finish line to become the winning female in 41:27. Elizabeth Farrow was second in 44:26 and Kathryn Adams of Peel Road Runners third in 45:50.   

A full set of results for the 10K and Fun Run can be viewed at the RunABC Midlands Race Listings page. 

The organisers were keen to thank everyone for supporting the race which raises funds for St Giles Hospice and has done so for more than 25 years. Welcome back Gallopers.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Lee’s Images.

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