Shout out for the well supported 2021 MD10K
A good turnout for this popular race, back in town once again.
If there was a trophy for the best spectators it would go to those who clapped and cheered runners at the Market Drayton 10K (Sunday 3 October). They along with others made this race possible after a difficult 18 months and its return was welcomed by all.
Covid-19 forced the cancellation of last year’s race but you can’t keep a good event down and thanks to the tireless efforts of the organisers, it went ahead to the delight of participants of all ages and abilities.
There was a hive of activity at the Grove School beginning with the Fun Run at 9.45am followed by a warm up at 10.45am ahead of the 10K. Runners then positioned themselves in the starting pens behind the appropriate pacer, ready for the countdown to the start of the race.
They set off around the edge of the playing field then out onto the road and around the town, along a course that included a few ups and downs, flanked by enthusiastic crowds. Their vocal encouragement spurred runners up Great Hales Street, especially the comment: “It’s a hill, get over it” that caused more than a few laughs. Then into the final stretch up Newcastle Road before turning right into the school and a grassy sprint to the finish.
It was a dominant performance from Jamie Lambie of Shrewsbury AC to win the 2021 Market Drayton 10K in 32:13. Steve Forsyth of Prestatyn RC was close behind him, finishing in 32:23. Martin Williams of Tipton Harriers was third in 32:24.
An impressive display of running from Donna Sherwin of City of Stoke AC saw her become the women’s winner in 36:51. Rachel Coupe of Telford AC was second in 40:28 with Alexandra Walkley third in 41:02.
The full set of results can be viewed at the runABC Midlands Race Listings page.
Volunteers handed out medals and bottles of water at the finish and there were packets of sausage rolls and pork pies courtesy of Pork Farms Ltd - Palethorpes.
Next year’s Market Drayton 10K is on 8 May 2022.
Image courtesy of PT Ellieannne.