Last year's race race was a great success
The tenth anniversary of this popular, iconic road and trail race was celebrated in style. On a fine, late summer day, the legendary Kelly Holmes started the event at 10:30, and although the course records stayed intact, the conditions were near perfect for a chance at creating a personal best time.
The field of some 250 10k runners, set off with enthusiastic family, friends and village supporters cheering them on their way. With an age range of 79 to 2 years old, the 2k Fun Run set off 10 minutes later with some anxious parents hoping they could keep up with their younger offspring.
The 10k Ladies race was again won by Maria Heslop of Paddock Wood AC who retained her title for the fourth consecutive year in 38.20. just outside the course record that she set in 2013. 2nd was Emily Gelder, Dulwich Runners in 40.28 and third, Emma Crawford, Petts Wood Runners, in 41:25.
The winner of the 10k Men’s Race was Jim Addison of Beckenham Running Club, in 35.44, 2nd was David Lee, of Sevenoaks A.C. in 35.48 and 3rd was David Young, Petts Wood Runners in 36:55.
Teams from Petts Wood Runners took the silverware, for both the Men and Women’s team challenges.
The Fun Run was won by Matthew Pond ahead of Freddy Rogers and Finley Webster while Ella De Munk was the first girl, ahead of Katherine Tyrell and Nicola Webster.
As well as the prizes for the events, which Dame Kelly awarded, there were special commendations for three villagers, who have made an extraordinary contribution to the event over the years; Lesley Knight, our oldest competitor, who over the 8 years that she has competed, has raised over £5,000. Ashley Jones, for his consistent contribution to the setup of the event every year. Last and certainly not least, Andrew Priest, who, as Race Director, along with his committee, has steered this event to the success that it is today.
A team of over 60 marshals helped to ensure a safe and well organised event and all the other people in the village who came out and cheered on the runners. A great demonstration of the spirit of this small village!
The proceeds for the event go to St George's Church and other deserving charities.