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Runners at the Covid-secure Thoresby 10Image: Marc Dewhurst Photography

10 out of 10 for trail-tastic Thoresby

Thumbs up for this safety conscious and environmentally friendly event.

Attention to detail, a choice of four distances, motivational signs and a stunning location were highlights of the Thoresby 10, adapted for these Covid times. Organisers SBR Events left nothing to chance as they worked hard to deliver an amazing event within the official guidelines that were supported by the local council and were well received by everyone.

The options were 5K, 10K, 10 Miles and new for this year, a Half Marathon, all of which were held at Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire. Canicross and Nordic Walkers were equally welcome and enjoyed a scenic course on woodland tracks, grassed paths and tarmac that went past the lake and included sightings of the famous Longhorn cattle. There was a change to the 5K due to the Covid restrictions but still a pleasant route to follow for both runners and walkers. 

There was also a virtual option and it was safety first and last for the real world event as all participants checked in using the NHS Covid-19 app.  There were hand sanitisers around the race village and at the water stations, masks worn before the start and at the finish and social distancing at all times. Pace boards in the starting funnel acted as a guide for runners, helping them know where to stand and ensuring two metre social distance.  Runners were buoyed by cheering marshals and there was a real camaraderie as people made the most of the opportunity to take part in a race under the present circumstances. 

Results are available on the runABC Midlands website. 

In keeping with the eco-friendly ethos, every finisher received a bespoke wooden medal. 

Image courtesy of Marc Dewhurst Photography.

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