The ladies of Liverpool made our seventh Women’s Running 10K race of 2015 a roaring success as nearly 450 runners joined together to take on the 5K or 10K route in beautiful Sefton Park. It was slightly chilly start for a Sunday morning in July, but the rain held off making for perfect running conditions.
The race village was crowded from early on, as runners gathered from all over the north west to be part of our roving summer Women’s Running Race Series. Some women were running for charity, others were tackling their first ever race. There were club as well as unattached runners – all congregating to celebrate women in sport.
There were a large group of ladies running in support of Alzheimer’s Society, the lead charity partner of the WR 10K series. Angela Bates got up on stage to share her story. Angela lost her dad one year ago, and was running, and raising money for Alzheimer’s Society, in his memory. “Alzheimer’s is such a tragic disease, and losing my dad was really tough. I took up running to help me cope. I’m really happy to be here today, and have been raising money over the last year through my running,” she told us. Angela also raised the most money of all the ladies running in support of the Alzheimer’s Society at Liverpool.
Regular WR contributor and GP Juliet McGrattan was also at the race, along with the women from the Wray Women’s Running Club, which she set up. The Wray Women had travelled 1.5 hours to run in Liverpool, many of whom were running their first ever race. “One of our members suffered from breast cancer, so we all decided to get behind her and enter a race. I knew the WR 10K races are very friendly with a great atmosphere so it was worth travelling to take part in such a special event. Exercise, and running in particular, has been shown to help fight cancer, so it’s something all women should give a go.”
The warm-up was led by Everything But The Cow ambassador Amy Hughes, who ran 53 marathons in 53 consecutive days last year, for The Isobelle Lottie Foundation, and is an athlete mentor from the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. “I also did the warm-up at last week’s Nottingham Women’s Running 10K race, but I think the lovely ladies of Liverpool may have been just a little bit more vocal!” said Amy. “I’ve been so inspired by all the ladies taking part in these races. The WR 10K series is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to give running a go.”
Lisa Gawthorne from Formby, who runs for Liverpool Pembrooke Sefton, was the winner of the 5K in 20:54. “I’m recovering from bronchitis so I was really pleased with my race today,” she said. “I had a heart operation in 2007. I then concentrated on changing my lifestyle to look after my heart health, and have written a book called Gone in 60 Minutes, which gives you the tools to become healthier and fitter.”
The 10K race was won by another Liverpool Pembrooke Sefton athlete, Kirsty Longley, in 38:25, even though she had been up since 5am and had been breastfeeding her eight-month-old baby through the night before the race. “It was tough out there as I was on my own, and it was windy, but the support on the course was amazing!” said Kirsty. “It’s been a brilliant day!” Second was Ceri Tinkler from Liverpool, in 44:08. “I felt really good all the way round,” said Ceri, “and loved the event. I’ve run in other WR 10K events and will definitely be back next year.”
Claire Thompson from Winsford in Cheshire was third in 44:24. “Today was hard but I really enjoyed this race!” said Claire. “I had a slipped disc in a cross-country race and was told I would never run again; I’ve been left with permanent nerve damage. I was a track athlete but am now concentrating on running longer distances and triathlons.”
Four ladies were picked from our lucky dip draw to win a pair of Skechers trainers, making it well worth. Thank you to all our sponsors, Bellum Active, Everything But The Cow, Buff, Skechers, Alzheimer’s Society and Wheyhey.
• the results from the event can be found by clicking here.