We couldn’t have pictured a better morning to conclude the WR10K Race Series 2015. A glorious sunny morning, the conditions were perfect, the runners bursting with energy, and the race village home to some of the most exciting activity we’ve seen so far in the Series.
Many thanks to our partners, Alzheimer’s Society, Skechers, bellum active, Buff, Everything But The Cow, Saka, Endomondo, Wheyhey and Send A Cow for bringing so much to the Series this year. From impressive warm-ups, led by fantastic athletes, to exciting giveaways, celebrity ambassadors and endless freebies, you’ve kept us entertained from day one! All of which couldn’t have got much better than on Sunday morning at Finsbury Park.
Not only were we lucky enough to be joined by Skechers ambassador and celebrity TV sports presenter, Charlie Webster, for a second race, but had one of the most exciting warm-ups to date, led by Everything But The Cow ambassador and Dames Kelly Holmes trust athlete mentor Rachael Latham. With prizes kindly awarded by BUFF for the most enthusiastic warm-up, the WR10K event village saw some seriously energetic runners early on Sunday morning.
Before the race kicked off we heard from Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser Marion Fraser. Marion shared with us the devastating impact dementia has had on her mother and the fantastic support she has received from Alzheimer’s Society in Woking through her diagnosis and decline. We also heard from Charlotte Jones and Sian Hughes, who bid an emotional goodbye to the Series, after running all 10 10K races. After inspiring words from Charlie Webster and an energetic warm-up from paralympic swimming champion and Channel 4 presenter Rachael Latham, the ladies were ready to go!
The first 5K runner through was Joanna Brown in 22mins 36secs. Joanna, 42, from Muswell Hill, told us that she had never run in a mass-participated event before, but had been training hard with her local sprint group. “I train with a mixed group of men and women and I was quite interested in the idea of running in an event with just women,” she said. “I was so nervous beforehand!”
First over the line in the 10K event was Katherine Winn in 43mins 16secs. Katherine, a full-time mum, puts her success down to a very committed training schedule. “I get up at 4am before the children are awake and go out running, as that’s the only time I get!”
Less than a minute behind her was Penny Teoh, a medical student from Southampton University, followed by Frani Heynes in 44mins 19secs. Franie Heynes, a copywriter from London, thoroughly enjoyed the race-day atmosphere.
“It’s been really lovely. The sun was shining, the course was beautiful and there were so many supporters. It’s just so nice having a girls-only race, it’s quite empowering!”
Here’s what some of you said about the race on Twitter.
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