Women’s Running 10K Race Series: Nottingham
As one of our original WR10K races when we opened the series back in 2012, we couldn’t have been more delighted to return to Nottingham yesterday for a fourth consecutive year.
More than 500 runners gathered at Victoria Embankment for the race and, as ever, the ladies of Nottingham were full of energy and brimming with enthusiasm. The Notts Women Runners were out in force – as were the ladies of Too Fat To Run – and the sense of race-day camaraderie couldn’t have felt stronger. This was certainly felt in the atmosphere when the runners gathered around the stage to hear from pacer Annette Frost, and one of our inspiring 10K runners, Karen Hodgson.
Annette shared her pacing strategies, instilling confidence in those looking to break the sub-55 hour mark, before hearing from Karen – the first woman ever to run the London Marathon with a heart transplant. After sharing her moving story of how her world transformed since receiving a transplant and the awe-inspiring challenges she has completed since, the ladies were left teary as they gave their cheers of support.
The ladies also heard from Solgar representative Kirby Johnson about the role of vitamins in a runner’s diet, and also from PT Jurdga Proudlove, who gave the low-down on the importance of warming up before a race, before setting the ladies off in a lively pre-run warm-up.
The 5K and 10K runners were then raring to go, as they took to the start line to take on the fast and flat courses.
First home in the 5K was mum-of-three, Lindsey Simpson, 32, from Bingham, who was cheered over the line by her three children. She said: “I’m really surprised! I was going to do the 10K as I was a bit poorly, so I’m really pleased I did the 5K!”
It wasn’t long before seasoned WR10K runner Wrenne Ninja led the 10K runners home, leaping over the finish line with a beaming smile.
After winning two out of the three 10K races she has taken part in this year as part of a music tour, Wrenne, 35, was delighted to take home the win for a third consecutive time. She said:
“I’ve always loved running and this is the first year of really taking up races. I found the WR10K Series by Women’s Running magazine and I signed up for a whole bunch at the beginning of the series, and I’m so glad I did. The races are really supportive and friendly and I feel really safe here to push myself!”
Wrenne was shortly followed by Sharon Chapman – who had taken home first place in the event last year – and then by Charlotte Teare, who came home third. “I came up today to support a friend doing her first 10K,” said Charlotte, “It was a nice flat course, quite humid though and very windy at times, but a really positive course and lots of people cheering us on!”
The three winners were thrilled to receive a pair of trainers from official shoe partner, HOKA ONE ONE and a gift box of supplement goodies from official vitamin partner, Solgar.
A big thank you to all of our WR10K partners this year: HOKA, Solgar, BUFF and Saka Water for supplying prizes, and for helping us to make the event a success.
To view the full results, click here. You can also view the event photos on the Women’s Running Facebook page here.
Fancy joining us again this year? We still have six races left this summer! Check them out and sign up here.