Women’s Running 10K Race Series: Liverpool Report
Almost 600 runners turned out for the Women’s Running 10K Liverpool on 17 July. The series returned to Sefton Park for the fourth time, and the beautiful Victorian grounds provided the perfect setting for a Sunday morning run.
After a cloudy start, the sun came out during the pre-race activities, meaning runners could enjoy the event village. This year, the village included a stand from the Official Charity Partner for the Liverpool race, Claire House, who had brought masses of gorgeous cake along with tea and coffee, which runners and their supporters could enjoy for a small donation. There was also free Prosecco on offer from the organisers of the English Half-Marathon, taking place in nearby Warrington on 18 September, and advice from the Series’ Official Vitamin Partner, Solgar.
As runners made their final preparations, speakers on stage included Emma Shepherd, who won a competition in Women’s Running to trial Solgar 7. Emma spoke about the difference taking Solgar 7 had made to her running – and she was ready to put it to the test again over 10K!
There were dozens of women racing in the distinctive pink vest of Claire House and one of the charity’s runners, Hayley Smallman, spoke about her very personal reason for running for Claire House: her daughter Holly has a life-limiting condition and running helps Hayley and her husband to cope, as well as raise funds and awareness for the amazing work the hospice does for them and other families. “Unfortunately, Holly’s very fragile and we’ve nearly lost her on several occasions. About two years ago, I was sitting in intensive care in Alder Hey [hospital] and they told me Holly only had two days left to live. Thankfully she pulled through, but it was a long process getting her home. During this time, myself and my husband felt we didn’t have any purpose, we were very low. I just wanted to change things and I started running. It was the best decision I ever made – it really helped to lift my mood, it gave me a sense of achievement and really gave me an identity back.”
After a rousing warm-up from Total Fitness, the runners were ready to go. The mostly flat route, using footpaths around the park, was perfect for grabbing a good time and Anita Dawson made the most of it to come first in the 5K, at 23mins 24secs. First in the 10K was Charlotte Wilson-Dewhurst, in 41mins 55secs.
We raced it!
“We’re part of a women-only running club called Mums to Marathons, so we normally run in orange but today we’re proudly wearing pink for Claire House, our local hospice. It was really good, the marshalling was excellent, and the support was really good. It’s nice and flat, and very scenic.”
Debbie and Dawn, Bebington, the Wirral
“It was good fun. It was hard in parts because I don’t do hills, not even gentle inclines. The atmosphere was great, it just makes it really fun and it’s really nice to feel encouraged as you run along.”
Claire, West Kirby, Liverpool
“I’ve run a 5K before so I wanted to challenge myself to 10K. It feels good now but, when you’re halfway round, you think, ‘I’ve got ages to go yet!’ There was a really good atmosphere – everyone seemed to be cheering each other on.”
Rebecca Hill, Skelmersdale, West Lancs
- Charlotte Wilson-Dewhurst, 41:55
- Susan Burke, 43:16
- Cathy Grierson, 44:58
- Anita Dawson, 23:24
- Colette Webster, 25:12
- Kirstin Poppleton, 26:10
You can view the event photos on the Women’s Running Facebook page here. Find the full results here.
Fancy joining us again this year? We still have five races left this summer! Check them out and sign up here.