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Runners at the Prestwold Hall 5KImage: courtesy of Real Races: Prestwold Hall

Prestwold 5K proves to be the real deal

Runners glad to be back on the road (and circuit) to normality.

Sunday’s (2 May) Prestwold Hall 5K delivered really fast racing with some particularly impressive times in the Elite Men’s and Women’s events. Runners of all abilities made the most of this Covid-secure opportunity on a flat, traffic-free circuit in Leicestershire.  

This 5K was scheduled for 22 November but was twice postponed due to the lockdowns and tier system.The government announcement of their road map out of lockdown in February meant organisers Real Races could reopen entries and with a new date of 2 May 2021, it was game on!    

Sunday began with the Open Race 1 at 9 a.m. and ended with the RunStars Elite Sub 15 Men’s Race at 14.45 p.m. Conditions were ideal for all 8 races each containing 80 to 100 runners and with multiple starts that enabled everyone to gradually merge together on a flat, one lap course at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough.

In the RunStars Elite Sub 15 Men’s Race, Freddie Hessian of Notts AC was the winner in 14:39. Charlie Davis of Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC won the RunStars Elite Sub 15 Men’s Race 2 in 14:29. 

Lauren McNeil of Hallamshire Harriers won the RepsRunning Elite Women’s A Race Sub 17:30 in 16:31.  

Rowan Miell-Ingram of Radley AC won the Badly Drawn Athletics 15-18 min Men’s race in 15:10 and Molly Browne of BRAT the 17-22 min Women in 17:23. 

Mohamed Saleh won the 15-18 Men in 15:03. Rachel Gifford won the Sub 17-22 min Women in 17:19. 

Daniel Turner of Wolverhampton & Bilston AC won the 18-22 min Men in 16:56. Tracy Hinxman of Derby AC won the Sub 22-26 min Women in 17:51. 

A full set of results can be viewed here

Runday sponsored the 10 a.m. Open Race and the Leicester running group had more than a few members taking part. Whether targeting a PB or making their debut, it was a good day for them and their coach Michelle Findon who was proud of their achievements. 

Real Races aim to hold another event later this year. 

Image courtesy of Real Races: Prestwold Hall.

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