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

Author: Chris Macdonald

Read Time:   |  April 7, 2021

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

WR10K Race Series 2016: Leeds Report

The sun was shinning on a crisp autumn morning as hundreds of smiling runners, along with their families and supporters, gathered together at Temple Newsam Park for the final Women’s Running 10K race of 2016.

All went smoothly at the help desk as volunteers arrived to marshal, pacers arrived to be briefed and runners signed in and got ready to run.

As ever, our brilliantly bubbly MC, Heather Charles, kicked off the event with a warm welcome to the crowd, before launching into a few motivational interviews. Jodie Smith graced the Women’s Running stage to share the inspiring story behind her newly-formed running club, The Sowerby Bridge Snails. After being excluded from her first beginners club for running “too slowly”, Jodie was heartbroken, but determined to provide a friendly, inclusive and encouraging running club experience for people like her, who wanted to improve their running but were afraid of putting themselves out there. Thus, the Sowerby Bridge Snails were born. Since then, the club has gone from strength to strength, championing inclusion with its strict “no snail left behind” policy and, in just 12 weeks, has now 280 club members.

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The Sowerby Bridge Snails out in force

Next, it was time for a quick, heart-pumping warm up with the fabulous Debbie Fleming from Total Fitness Wakefield and, then, race time! A flock of freshly warmed-up runners then swarmed the start line, excited, determined and itching for the sound of the start gun.

The multi-terrain route around the park encompassed undulating hills, tarmac, gravel and trail paths. But racers were well rewarded for their up-hill efforts by scenic views of picturesque parkland and beautifully landscaped gardens. Not to mention the Women’s Running goodie bags and tees awaiting them at the end of the race!

Twenty-three minutes and 17 seconds later, our first place 5K runner, Corrie Percival, crossed the finish line. Corrie was followed closely by Summer Hayes and Debbie Winter, our second and third place 5K runners.

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5K winners left to right: Debbie Winter (2nd), Corrie Percival (1st), Summer Hayes (3rd)

First home in the 10K was Chloe Wood, in 46mins 2secs. Right on her heels was second place winner Melanie Woodhouse and third place winner Jenifer Gridley.

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10K winner: Chloe Wood with her little boy

After everyone had crossed the finish line, runners gathered their medals and finishers’ tees and sat in the glorious sunshine, reminiscing about the race, taking photos on the WR stage and taking stock of their goodie bag swag.

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Time to collect that hard-earned race bling!

It was another successful WR10K – made so by the endless enthusiasm of all the ladies who took part in the race, their supportive friends and families, the incredibly encouraging pacers, the motivational marshals, who volunteered their valuable free time and, as ever, our brilliant sponsors.

A big thank you to HOKA, Solgar, BUFF, Saka Water, Children’s Hospices Across London, Children’s Hospice South West and Claire House Children’s Hospice for their incredible support this year and for supplying such excellent treats, samples and all-round inspiration for our 2016 races.

Get the Temple Newsam race results here: https://www.resultsbase.net/event/3442/results.You can also view the event photos on our Facebook page here.

Chris Macdonald

Editor-at-Large, Women's Running

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