Women’s Running 10K Race Series 2016: Exeter Report

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Women’s Running 10K Race Series 2016: Exeter Report

The WR10K Race Series went to Exeter for the first time on Sunday 26 June and almost 300 women joined us to try out the race.

The race village at the Piazza Terracina on Exeter’s historic waterfront was buzzing from early in the morning. As well as runners signing on, the village included stands from the WR10K Official Vitamin Partner, Solgar, and the official charity for the race, Children’s Hospice South West, who had arrived in force with a special edition Mini and plenty of cake!

As always, there were pacers on hand from 50 minutes to 70 minutes to help runners reach their goals, and before the race, the 60-minute pacer Leanne Perkins took to the stage with our MC Heather to talk through how pacing works.

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After a rousing warm-up, the 5K runners were first to set off on their flat loop down the river and canal, and around the Riverside Country Park. Five minutes later, it was the turn of the 10K runners to head off on their extended loop, down to Countess Wear, through the beautiful meadows and back up to the Piazza Terracina where supporters were waiting to cheer them home. Conditions were absolutely perfect: warm but overcast, so no-one overheated, and although there were a few raindrops, the clouds never broke.

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First back in the 5K was local lady Suzi Rockey, from Sidmouth Running Club, who was thrilled with her win. In the 10K race, and equally chuffed, was Tavistock AC’s Sam Lake who just dipped under 42 minutes. She was closely followed by our Cardiff race winner, musician Wrenne Ninja, who took another 30 seconds off her PB, and Lydie Jenks surprised herself with third place.

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Runners took to social media afterwards to give the event a virtual thumbs up.

“Thank you so much for organizing a fantastic 10K race today,” said Ju Beesley. “Only my second one ever done and super chuffed to receive my medal at the finishing line. Well done to all the ladies who participated, you should all be very proud!”

Suzanne Templeman said, “Thanks to all those involved in this fab run, everyone was so supportive and friendly. It was my first 10K and what a brilliant atmosphere for a first run.”

There are still eight races to go in the series – bag your place today at www.wr10k.co.uk.

 5K top three

  1. Suzi Rockey, 26:54
  2. Victoria Nola, 27:10
  3. Elizabeth Elliot, 28:00

10K top three

  1. Samantha Lake, 40:54
  2. Wrenne Ninja, 41:21
  3. Lydie Jenks, 45:16

For the full list of results, visit: http://bit.ly/28YhRQR. You can view the event photos on the Women’s Running Facebook page here.

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