Finsbury Park Race Report - Women's Running Magazine

Finsbury Park Race Report

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  April 7, 2021


Thank you to everyone who took part in the WR10K Race yesterday at the beautiful Finsbury Park! What glorious weather we had!

The sunny event village quickly filled up with runners, fully equipped with sunglasses and sun cream, as you gathered around the stage to hear what some of our inspiring participants had to say about running in the event.

Yue Man told you about her incredible transformation journey since taking up running two years ago, and Victoria Clare shared with us her deeply moving and personal story behind running in the event for Alzheimer’s Society.

The ladies grabbed the attention of the runners as everyone listened intently to their stories, raising cheers of support and agreement from the runners as Yue said:

“I lost three stone and dropped three dress sizes. I’d never been a confident person, but with running, realising that I was losing weight, I could achieve things that I’d set goals to. Running for 30 minutes non-stop, for instance, made me confident in my daily life and what I could do.

“Know that you can do it and if you have to take a little break it doesn’t matter because, at the end of the day, it’s the line, not the time that you need to think about.”

The sense of team spirit and collaborative excitement continued on as the runners came together for a pre-race warm-up with expert personal trainers Lee and Chris Constantinou. From glute-busting squats to rhythmic planks, the Constantinou brothers certainly got your muscles moving, as you all got involved in their energetic warm-up.


The post-race event village looked a little less energetic, as runners lounged in the sunshine in their finishers’ tees, tucking into refreshing pots of Wheyhey ice cream and fruity recovery drinks from Everything But The Cow after the race.


Despite the hot conditions, both events brought in some fantastic times. Joana Carreira won the 5K race in 26mins 9secs and Melissah Gibson took home first place in the 10K event in 42mins 14secs. Despite having run 20 marathons since moving to the UK from Australia four years ago, Melissah told us she “definitely wasn’t expecting to win”.


Twenty-five year-old Lydia O’Donoghue came in second in 44mins 27secs. After running the London Marathon two and half years ago, followed by our WR10K event in Lee Valley last year, Lydia well and truly got the ‘running bag’. “The volunteers were great cheering us around and it really gets you up the hills,” said Lydia. “I couldn’t believe I came second; it was a really nice surprise!”

It was another surprise win for university lecturer Arianne Shahvisi, who came in third after a long flight back from Asia on Friday night. “I had no idea what to expect,” said Arianne. “I just flew back from Lebanon where I have been living for two years, so I’m still a bit tired from the flight!”

The winners were delighted to take home a bottle of champagne and a pair of the latest Skechers running shoes for their achievements.

Here’s what some of you had to say about the race:

“It’s been a great day, the suns out and it’s got a great atmosphere” – 10K winner, Melissah Gibson

“Fantastic day, so well organised. Plan to be back next year already!” – Rebecca Tiffany Fowler

“Great, if rather warm run this morning, more hills than I expected but I’ll be ready for them when I run it again in September” – Claire Cox

“Had a wonderful time at the WR10K. Met my aim of completing a sub-50min 10k thanks to the fab pacer!” – Louise Wilks

“Was great, beat my time from last year and excited about coming in 5th, will be back in September to try to beat it again!” – Taylor Fleischner

“Well organised run with very encouraging marshalls! We’ll be doing next year!” – Miss Roulette

Another bit of bling for the trophy cabinet after a hot, hilly & well-organised WR10K in Finsbury Park” – Sophie Kay

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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