Plenty to shout about at Westonbirt House Christmas 10K
Marshal Dave was the motivating force at this festive 10K
Whilst the conditions were frightful, the marshals, in particular ‘Shouty Dave’ made it delightful at the Westonbirt House Christmas 10K (Sunday 13 December). His non-stop support kept runners going in the wet as they completed two laps around a scenic course in this festive, Covid-secure race.
Sunday was the fifth Westonbirt House Christmas 10K organised by DB Max Sports Timing & Events with this year a bit different from those before. As we are living in a time of Covid-19, measures were in place to keep everyone safe and that was appreciated by all along with the opportunity to take part in a real race during a stressful and uncertain time.
The weather was a ‘tad moist’ and conditions were muddy underfoot but there were warm smiles from the marshals who defied the wind and rain to encourage every runner as they passed. The loudest encouragement came from ‘Shouty Dave’, a marshal with a big heart and bags of energy who was in good voice throughout, his vocal encouragement making up for the rain and mud. He was, for many people, a highlight of the day.
James Bellward of the RAF Athletics Association was first in 34:36 followed by Ed Knudsen of Avon Valley Runners in 34:52. Ryan Coombes was third in 35:58.
Helen Knight of CLC Striders was the first female in 42:51. Lucie Wilson of Thornbury RC was second in 43:19 and Gemma Knudsen third in 43:40.
There were 478 finishers.
There was a Christmas themed medal for every finisher on a successful day that the weather and Covid couldn’t spoil. Full results can be found via the runABC Midlands race listing page.
Image courtesy of DB Max Sports Timing & Events