What started as a chilly, grey morning quickly turned into brilliant blue skies as London’s Finsbury Park turned on the sun for runners at the final WRRS event of 2017. Over 550 entrants laced up, lined up and took part in the undulating 5K and 10K route, taking in the gorgeous sights of Finsbury Park. Some runners even went the extra mile (pun very much intended) by entering the family one mile race and doubling their medals for the day!
By 8:45am the race village was buzzing with activity; sign ups, pick ups, meet ups, bag drops, photo-ops and that special race-day magic that breaks down barriers, brings people together and allows runners – who have never met before and may have nothing else in common – to talk and laugh about running together like they’re old friends. This is exactly the kind of thing that makes the WRRS so special! In fact, the WR team met running groups who had come from all over the world just to take part in our Finsbury Park race. We had runners from Sweden, Denmark and Greece (just to name a few) and each women we spoke to was more enthusiastic than the last. We also had not one, not two but FIVE of our incredible race ambassadors join us! The lovely former WR cover star, Emma Joy (Lipstick & Trainers), the fabulous Mirka More of Fitness4Mamas, celebrity trainer extraordinaire, Sam Eastwood (GetSetBody), the outstanding Sophie of Running On Full and Miss Wheezy herself, Beki Cadd – talk about inspiring women!
By 9am it was time to officially kick off the event and our bright and bubbly MC Georgia Stone hit the stage to welcome everyone and get the show on the road. Georgia’s first order of business wasa quick chat to our pacers Ieva Leilbarde, our 70 minute pacer, Laura McCrave, our 60 minute pacer, Anne Lamer, our 55 minute pacer and Kate Williams who was our 50 minute pacer for the race.
Straight after this was an interview with Roots Collective – WRRS Official Healthy Blends Partner. Roots Collective is not quite a smoothie, not quite a juice but instead is something entirely unique, wonderfully tasty and packed with vegetable goodness. And, luckily enough for runners, Roots were giving out free samples of their blends!
Next onto the stage was David Parsons from Good Full Stop – WRRS Official Healthy Snack Partner. David, who was supplying samples of Good Full Stop’s outrageously delicious vegan bars, hosted a competition to win a month’s supply of nutrition. The lucky winner walked away with a big smile and a huge box of Goodfullstop bars.
We then heard from Charlie from Boobydoo, the Official Apparel Partner for the race series, who were hosting a stand at the event, offering complimentary fittings and great discounts to all runners. Charlie gave the ladies the lowdown on all things sports bras, from sizing to bounce control.
Finally Georgia interviewed celebrity trainer and WRRS race ambassador Sam Eastwood. Sam shared her story of becoming a fitness and nutrition expert and also her mission to help women of all shapes and sizes across the globe to get fit and healthy. Sam said: “Fitness doesn’t have to be time consuming – it’s all about making your workouts as efficient as possible, and using correct technique.”
But Sam didn’t just talk-the-talk she set the warm-up on fire with a fun and fast routine to realign everyone’s bodies and get them ready to run. Once the warm-up was complete it was time to hit the start line!
Both events started simultaneously, the 5K course taking in one lap of the park and the 10K route taking in two. So it was busy on the start line as runners lined up and the horn blasted the beginning of the race. Crowds of family, friends and supporters swamped the sidelines to cheer encouragement and it was all stations for the marshals and volunteers who were on hand to provide support, offer directions, hand out water (supplied by WRRS Hydration Partner Saka Water) and award medals to the exhausted and elated runners crossing the finish line.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of all who participated and the perfect weather conditions the 10K runners brought in some fantastic times! First over the line was Camilla Rahm in 44 minutes 47 seconds. This was a 10K threshold run for Camilla who is training for a marathon later on this year. Close behind was Dana Shockman in 46 minutes 38 seconds and Kathryn Emerson in 47 minutes 48 seconds. All three finishers were delighted to receive a bottle of prosecco, a gift box containing health bars from Good Full Stop, and a hamper of healthy juices Roots Collective.
Once the 5K and 10K runners were across the line it was time to start the family mile! A new addition to the race series, the family mile is open to runners of all ages and is a fantastic opportunity for kids to get involved and running with their families. As always it was brilliant to see the enthusiastic young athletes tearing up the course and beaming as they crossed the finish-line to receive their very first running medals.
Seeing how happy and excited the young runners in the family mile were was a fantastic reminder to our team of the important work our WRRS charity partner NSPCC do for children in the UK. And it was fantastic to see a few of our 5K and 10K runners raising money for NSPCC and proudly sporting their NSPCC vests.
As an added post-race bonus runners were treated to a fabulous cool down from The Private Yogi – the WRRS official Yoga Partner – what a treat!
All in all, our final race of 2017 was a lovely day filled with lovely people and the same fun, friendly atmosphere we have at all our races!
Get the full results, here: https://results.sporthive.com