Tough finale to Tempo 10K Winter Series
The final race in the Tempo 10K Winter Series (Sunday 16 February) was the most challenging for those involved due to rain and strong winds. But points mean prizes whatever the weather and for those who completed all five races there was the coveted hoody waiting for them.
High fives all round to runners who completed a gruelling Race 5 in the Winter 10K Series as blustery conditions made it hard going especially up the Warwickshire hills. Runners smiled as stoical marshals cheered them on and then enjoyed views of the rolling countryside.
Conditions notwithstanding, this was the conclusion of another successful 2019-2020 series by Tempo Events. It began with Race 1 in October with subsequent events in November, December and January before the last, Race 5 on 16 February. These started and finished at llmington Sports & Social Club on the same course but with a clockwise and anti-clockwise alternative.
Ian Allen of Spa Striders won Race 5 in 35:57 with Matt Burdus-Cook of Stratford AC second in 38:13. Daniel Clarke of Daventry RR was third in 38:24.
Emma Ford was the women’s winner in 42:39 closely followed by Natasha White of Northbrook AC in 43:49. Claire Murphy of Spa Striders was third in 45:19.
Daniel Clarke (Daventry RR) and Helen Sharman (Hook Norton Harriers) were the overall Series winners and their reward was bed and breakfast for them and their partners courtesy of Hand Picked Hotels.
There was a memento for Series completers and the famous hoody which was British Racing Green this year. Not forgetting the sausages.
Entries have opened for the 2020 – 2021 Winter 10K Series at the Tempo Events website.
Photo by Barry Cornelius