It might only be in its second year, but Shrewsbury 10k is already attracting huge crowds.
About 2,000 runners took part in the race, with people of all abilities taking on the course around Shrewsbury town centre.
There were runners wearing jerseys from clubs and gyms from Shawbury, Market Drayton, Whitchurch, Telford, Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth – with runners also travelling from across the West Midlands to take part. Running from the Telford Harriers was Tania Willoughby from Buildwas, Stacey Hawkins from Brookside, Sue Fairhurst from St Georges and Jo Weaver from Shifnal.
Most of the group were taking on Sunday’s run for the first time, but Tania took part in the inaugural run last year.
She said: “I found it quite tough last year but I hadn’t been running for very long, this year we’ve got each other to run with.”
First across the line was Adam Peacock. The 24-year-old from Bromsgrove, and a member of the town’s running club, and made it round in 33 minutes and 30 seconds.
He said: “It was tough, this was my first race since November.”
“It was quite a hard course but the finish was good. My personal best is a bit quicker but I just wanted to get round.
“A friend of mine was taking part today so I came too.” The first woman across the line was Nicola Davies.
This year also saw a number of people taking part for charity, with some even donning fancy dress, including
Bridgnorth’s Dana Power. The 60-year-old was debuting his new look Puff the Asthma Dragon costume and raising money for Cameron’s Fund for Asthma UK.
Race director Tom Meehan said he was very pleased with how the race was growing. He said: “We’ve had great support from the town council, local businesses residents, local runners and people travelling in to take part.
“We’re hoping it can become a really strong event in the racing calendar.”
Entries are already open for next year’s event which will take place on March 18 2018. For details visit shrewsbury10k.co.uk.
Raising money for the Midlands Air Ambulance were Sadie Hopkins and Charlie Hammond.
The pair were part of a team of four from RGB Plastering and Construction, based on Monkmoor Road in Shrewsbury.
Both live in Shrewsbury and were trying the 10k for the first time. Sadie, aged 42, said: “A close friend of ours needed the Midlands Air Ambulance once.
“It relies solely on charity donations and is a really worthwhile cause.”
While Sadie was more of an experienced runner, 21-year-old Charlie was slightly apprehensive at the starting line.
Sadie said: “I’m a bit of a runner, but he’s not. He’s also had a bit of a knee injury and I’ve got a back injury so we knew it was going to be tough.”
Charlie said: “There has been a really good atmosphere here and we have been looking forward to it.”
Between the team of four, so far, they had raised a total of £1,700 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.
Sadie added: “Our company has donated as well, we’re really pleased.”
Richard Brooks had travelled from his home in Hereford to take part in Shrewsbury 10k.
Originally from Bridgnorth, he was taking part to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer.
The 30-year-old said: “About six months ago my mother-in-law, Miriam Anderson passed away from ovarian cancer.
“The charity helped us a lot so I wanted to try and do a little bit to give something back.”
Wearing a running top with the charity’s logo, he was aiming to complete the run in about 45 or 50 minutes.
He added: “I really don’t like running so this is a bit of a challenge.
“I’ve been training since about Christmas and it has been going alright.” He said he chose to do the race because of its closeness to his home town, but admitted he was worried about the tough course.
He said: “I’ve been running up hills to try and get prepared but I do think the last couple of hills will be hellish.”
So far, Mr Brooks has raised a total of £368.24 for his chosen charity.
For Christopher Liston, Shrewsbury 10k was just one step on his marathon fundraising challenge.
The 33-year-old from Wolverhampton is raising money for Macmillan in honour of his mother Christine.
She was diagnosed with cancer five years ago but has recently been given the all clear.
Christopher said: “Macmillan have really helped us.”
Christopher is aiming to do the New York Marathon for the charity in November, but is doing 20 different races up until he gets there.
His fundraising has been sponsored by car dealership Greenhous and Shrewsbury 10k was his fourth run so far. He said: “I’m getting there with my training. I had an accident a few years ago and lost part of my right foot.
“I used to be a better runner than I am now, so this is a challenge for me as well but I’m getting back into the swing of things. I started training in December.” In total, Christopher wants to raise £4,500 for Macmillan and so far has raised about £1,250.Subscribe to our Newsletter